130 people and approximately 45
"proper" cars made the trek to Victoria for the
2005 National Tour.
Alvis enthusiasts from all states
of Australia and New Zealand attended bringing
cars representing almost every model
from the early 20's to the mid 60's. The oldest car was
a 1924 12/50 and the youngest a 1963 TE21.
Examples of 12/50, Silver Eagle (1929
and 1934), Speed 20 (SA, SB & SC), Speed 25, 31/2
Litre, TA14 and TA, TC, TD & TE 21 all attended the
event. A 14/40 Sunbeam came along as well providing another
insight into historic British motoring.
TD21 and 12/50 at Buchan
Silver Eagle and Speed 20, Beechworth
|This exciting event began in the magnificent
gardens of the Latrobe, Beechworth where we stayed for 2 nights.
Attendees had some time to relax after their journey. The
longest distance travelled was by a Queensland member who,
together with his wife and two young daughters drove his 1935
Firebird almost 2000km (and back) to attend the event.
One determined couple, having their
12/70 fail to proceed when halfway to the start, stored
the car, hopped on a train and returned to Sydney to collect
their trusty 12/50, arriving at the event in time for dinner
on day two.
After a day spent exploring the historical
delights of Beechworth, day 3 saw us travelling via Milawa,
the Kiewa Valley, Mt Beauty and Tawonga Gap to our next
stop at Dinner Plain. A bush dance in the Dinner Plain Hotel
had something for everyone, with quite a few members showing
they had some musical talent.
On night 1 Ozzy came to visit
Speed 20 and 31/2L
Day 4 dawned cold and wet, however
very few opted to raise hoods, choosing to brave the elements
and travel down the mountain to lunch at Omeo. From Omeo
the route took us via Cassilus, Bruthen and Swan Reach to
Lakes Entrance, our home for the next few nights.
On day 5 we went to visit
the magnificent caves at Buchan and then the majority of
Alvisti chose to take the scenic route through Orbost back
to Lakes Entrance. A stop off at the Historic Rail Bridge
was worth the effort even though the road was pretty rough.
The evening saw us taking a short boat trip to Metung for
Impressive line up of 12/50's
TE and Series 1 TD21
The final day was spent visiting
Nerrimilang Station and a nearby glass blower. The afternoon
was free and most spent it exploring Paynesville and Bairnsdale
before returning to Lakes Entrance fo rthe final gala dinner.
The South Seas was the theme for
the night and a number of the men were "shanghaied"
into donning grass skirts and doing a small dance for the
gathering. I don't think they will get a permanent gig.Sadly,
all to soon it was time to depart for home, however we will
all meet up again in 2007. The next event, to be organised
by the South Australian Alvisti, is planned to take in the
amazing sights of the Flinders Ranges. So, don't miss out,
get your entry in early and start planning your next great
Alvis adventure now.
12/50's at Historic Rail Bridge Nowa