BMW Drivers Club Melbourne

Motors at the Mansion | 10 November 2019

11 Nov 2019 11:51 AM | Anonymous


Heading west from Melbourne towards Geelong, nestled at the bottom of the You Yang’s National Park, resides the homestead know as Pirra Homestead. Sometimes described as “Lara’s elegant old lady” built in the mid-1860s by George Fairbairn, one of Australia's most prosperous pastoralists and a pioneer of Australia's frozen meat export trade, who established the property as a premier sheep stud. Now resuming its late 19th Century after an extensive restoration as a popular hospitality venue, including picnic days and the 2019 Motors at the Mansion.

Although not as big as some displays, the organisers proceeded with well laid out event, including pointing each car and clubs on a perspective angle out in front of its main frontage as if to salute this homestead’s history and grandeur.

Although it was a bit chilly in the morning, the day warmed, but only to an acceptable temperature to keep our warmer clothes on without the sign of any rain.  All member of the BMW Drivers Club that attended the day enjoyed the strolls around this classic car show and asking questions about the other vehicles history and the work put into the displays. Even taking up the opportunity to donate to the Lions Club for admission into the homestead as part of organised tours.

Although the usual classic marques of vehicles were on display, some very rare vehicles come out to play for the day, this included a 59 Plymouth Belvedere (sister model to a Fury) being a drivable but unrestored that was ordered and delivered in Australia with some history, including a link to the late Australian singer Johnny O’Keefe.

There was also an early 60s Messerschmitt KR200, or Kabinenroller (Cabin Scooter), Being a three-wheeled bubble car designed by the aircraft engineer Fritz Fend and produced in the factory of the German aircraft manufacturer Messerschmitt from 1955 to 1964. Yet another classy German made vehicle.

There was also an early 60s Messerschmitt KR200, or Kabinenroller (Cabin Scooter), Being a three-wheeled bubble car designed by the aircraft engineer Fritz Fend and produced in the factory of the German aircraft manufacturer Messerschmitt from 1955 to 1964. Yet another classy German made vehicle.

As the day reached it peak, it was time to eat with a sausage sizzle and beautiful retro 50s style streamliner caravan for donuts and coffee, playing 50s music with the staff wearing rocker outfits and coloured scarfs.

The day turned out to be pleasant destination for a early Sunday drive that lead to relaxing day with other enthusiast in these grounds, Finishing off with a drive home on the Western Highway that seemed to be a continued action of a slight hand wave to other classics being passed by, or passing, that attended the day, as they waved back communicating the respect of this classic car fraternity.

Paul Holliday | Member #296
BMW Drivers Club Melbourne



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