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VSCC 2012 Alpine Trial

Vintage Sports Car Club of Victoria, 20 - 22 April 2012

Day one took us from Healesville to Milawa for lunch then on to Lake Hume for the first night. After receiving our first instructions from Russell Meehan, in a gentle drizzle we headed off over the Black Spur. Unfortunately we bypassed Marysville and in doing so missed the first question but we did make Milawa on time.


An enjoyable lunch at the Milawa Cheese Factory saw us on our way in the arvo. The run took us on some excellent back roads, through historic Beechworth and on to the foreign climes of NSW.  For some strange reason we spent some unplanned time cruising the outer suburbs of Wodonga before checking in to the Lake Hume Resort. A few wines before dinner, which wasn’t up to scratch, a night with the snoring Cox and the day was over.


Saturday 21 April

Day two took us around the edge of Lake Hume and along the Victorian side of the Murray River to morning tea at the Tintaldra pub. The weather was brilliant, the road was spectacular. With no time to absorb the scenery we made the control on time. Next was the challenge of the Elliott Way up to Cabramurra. With much 2nd gear and heavy braking the little Aprilia handled all thrown at her with only a little strain. We had developed a carby pickup issue from low revs that was annoying and stuck with us for the rest of the trip.


After a light lunch at Cabramurra, the highest town in Australia 1488m, the afternoons run was relatively easy along the Snowy Mountains Hwy to Tumut. We made the control on time, although whoever was supposed to be manning it didn’t! We finished off the afternoon with some wine, cheese and bickies with the New South Wales VSCC mob under the elm trees. A much better dinner at the Tumut Bowling Club and a second night with the snoring Cox and we’d made it to the end of day two.


Sunday 22 April

A grey cloudy morning saw as meet at the old Tumut Railroad Station for the start of the third and final day. With the rain starting to fall a little heavier we tootled off back down to Tintaldra via Batlow and Jingellic. The wiper motor stopped early on, which despite Rainex on the windscreen, made driving and vision a little interesting until the sun decided to shine. The Aprilia zoomed along on more superb roads. We all sat down for the best Sunday roast at Tintaldra. Alf & Miaja Wilson are the perfect hosts for a bunch of old, old cars nuts.


The return to Tumut was a little more challenging. Our instructions told us we had to make the return journey 15 mins quicker than the mornings, and go a more difficult route. The driver and navigators mental abilities were tested in calculating average times and the shortest distances, plus trying find the answers to a couple of questions. Andrew did a brilliant job in spotting one answer but we both stuffed up on the route and subsequently the second question. However we did make the end control in Tumut only 4 minutes late.


Another cheese, bickie & wine session under the elms, dinner at the local RSL and the trial was over.


Monday 23 April

We drove back to the big smoke, dropped Andrew at home, then the Aprilia & I headed to Venus Bay. A long 700km day made a little awkward with no wipers and the carby pickup issue.


The results:

Andrew talked me into entering the trial, he volunteered to act as navigator and I would drive Vincenzo’s Daughter, my 1937 1st series Aprilia. After a few pre trial repairs, replacing the clutch bearing and fitting new brushes to the starter motor, we were ready to go.


Thursday 19 April

With Rusty safely off with Julia at Tall Trees Kennels I drove up from Venus Bay to Blackburn in the afternoon to prepare for our Friday morning start. There were two divisions for the trial, you could take the touring division or enter the competition division. We, of course, were in the competition division.


Friday 20 April

Early Friday morning a collection of interesting cars gathered outside the Beechworth Bakery in Healesville. We topped up with coffee ready to leave for the first section, our departure time was 9.08am. A quick but heavy shower of rain sent the open car owners scurrying to find some hoods but the Aprilia was snug and dryish, someone had left the drivers window down!

Equal 1st in our class and equal 2nd overall was an excellent result for us. Although to be entirely fair the cars that did the “part course only” didn’t start at Healesville but joined along the route.


Of the cars that unfortunately DNF’d. The Jacobson Lagonda broke it’s gearbox and the Geermans Lagonda did a head gasket, both on the first section of the first day within a few kilometres of each other. John Shellard’s Bugatti broke its gearbox at Tintaldra, see the photos below. I believe all the cars in the Touring division made it without any serious problems.


The little Aprilia attracted her fair amount of attention, especially from the wives of the husbands with open cars, more so when it was raining!! I now have a long list of things to do, have to get her a little more comfortable, quieter and more work on eliminating the drive train vibrations will keep me occupied in the workshop for months.


And finally a big big thank you to Russell Meehan for organising a fantastic event.


I broke my little Canon G12 camera at Milawa and had to rely on the big old Minolta digital. The opportunities to take photos were fairly limited anyway and most days we were a little weary at the end, but the following are the best of what I took.


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April 2012

Early Friday morning packing at the Cox mansion in Blackburn
Early Friday morning packing at the Cox mansion in Blackburn
The competition route.
The competition route.
Healesville. Peter Renou and Andrew Cox admire the Aprilia, Peter’s Lancia Augusta in the background.
Healesville. Peter Renou and Andrew Cox admire the Aprilia, Peter’s Lancia Augusta in the background.
Healesville. Singer Le Mans, Lancia Augusta, Lancia Aprilia, Vauxhall, Rolls Royce 20hp and others.
Healesville. Singer Le Mans, Lancia Augusta, Lancia Aprilia, Vauxhall, Rolls Royce 20hp and others.
(L) Alvis 12/50 Mark & Sue Burns. (R) Delage D6 70 John Lawson & Margaret Pitt
(L) Alvis 12/50 Mark & Sue Burns. (R) Delage D6 70 John Lawson & Margaret Pitt
Friday morning section. 
 to Milawa 235 km
Friday morning section.
to Milawa 235 km
Control at Swanpool. Peter Renou checks in Peter Holbeach & Mike Hipkins in their Vauxhall 30-98
Control at Swanpool. Peter Renou checks in Peter Holbeach & Mike Hipkins in their Vauxhall 30-98
Control at Swanpool. Our Aprilia waits patiently.
Control at Swanpool. Our Aprilia waits patiently.
Milawa Cheese Company. Lunch day one.
Milawa Cheese Company. Lunch day one.
Milawa. Vauxhalls and Delage.
Milawa. Vauxhalls and Delage.
Milawa car park
Milawa car park
Milawa. Maori 12.27 litre V12 aero engined Sunbeam. John Fitzpatrick.
Milawa. Maori 12.27 litre V12 aero engined Sunbeam. John Fitzpatrick.
MG TA 1937. Graeme Jackson & Graeme Steinfort
MG TA 1937. Graeme Jackson & Graeme Steinfort
Friday afternoon section. 
Milawa to Lake Hume. 86 km
Friday afternoon section.
Milawa to Lake Hume. 86 km
Lake Hume Resort. End control.
Lake Hume Resort. End control.
Russell & Graeme discuss the finer points of the days route!
Russell & Graeme discuss the finer points of the days route!
Mark & Sue Burns. Alvis 12/50 1924.
Mark & Sue Burns. Alvis 12/50 1924.
Lake Hume
Lake Hume
Saturday morning section. 
Lake Hume to Cabramurra, 206 km
Saturday morning section.
Lake Hume to Cabramurra, 206 km
Saturday. Early morning start
Saturday. Early morning start
Patrick Ryan checks his tool box. Vauxhall 30-98. (There seemed to be a plague of these things around)
Patrick Ryan checks his tool box. Vauxhall 30-98. (There seemed to be a plague of these things around)
Departure control. (L) John & Wendy Kent  Vauxhall 30-98 1923. (R) Peter Holbeach & Mike Hipkins Vauxhall 30-98 1925.
Departure control. (L) John & Wendy Kent Vauxhall 30-98 1923. (R) Peter Holbeach & Mike Hipkins Vauxhall 30-98 1925.
Fuel stop at Walwa
Fuel stop at Walwa
The Kent Vauxhall approaches Walwa. John reaches for the mythical brakes!
The Kent Vauxhall approaches Walwa. John reaches for the mythical brakes!
Walwa control
Walwa control
Tintaldra Hotel. Morning tea.
Tintaldra Hotel. Morning tea.
Approaching Tintaldra.
Approaching Tintaldra.
Coffee and a chat
Coffee and a chat
(L) Alf Wilson’s Crossley, Alf is the Tintaldra publican.
(R) Bugatti Type 57 1934 John Shellard & Zhao Hang Chen
(L) Alf Wilson’s Crossley, Alf is the Tintaldra publican.
(R) Bugatti Type 57 1934 John Shellard & Zhao Hang Chen
The Lawson Delage.
The Lawson Delage.
Some do strange things to their Alvis bunny.
Some do strange things to their Alvis bunny.
Tintaldra pub, more coffee and talking.
Tintaldra pub, more coffee and talking.
James & Iris seem to have found something amusing?
James & Iris seem to have found something amusing?
The Shellard Bugatti with a suspicious green puddle underneath. John had just selected reverse when bang?
The Shellard Bugatti with a suspicious green puddle underneath. John had just selected reverse when bang?
The Bugatti gearbox split. Have a close look were the green gunge is coming from!
The Bugatti gearbox split. Have a close look were the green gunge is coming from!
The Macwhirter/Cox Lancia Aprilia does a bit of sight seeing, we could have been slightly over confident...
The Macwhirter/Cox Lancia Aprilia does a bit of sight seeing, we could have been slightly over confident...
Cabramurra NSW. Lunch day two.
Vauxhall 30-98 1925, Peter Holbeach & Mike Hipkins in the foreground.
Cabramurra NSW. Lunch day two.
Vauxhall 30-98 1925, Peter Holbeach & Mike Hipkins in the foreground.
We meet up with the NSW VSCC. A couple of moderns and yet more Vauxhalls.
We meet up with the NSW VSCC. A couple of moderns and yet more Vauxhalls.
Cabramurra. Ian & Betty man the control as Trevor & Pauline Leach arrive in their lovely little Singer Le Mans
Cabramurra. Ian & Betty man the control as Trevor & Pauline Leach arrive in their lovely little Singer Le Mans
Talbot 110, Mark & Sue Alsop. Frazer Nash Bolougne II, Des & Edna Donnan. Bentley 3 litre, Des Dillon & a NSW Bentley.
Talbot 110, Mark & Sue Alsop. Frazer Nash Bolougne II, Des & Edna Donnan. Bentley 3 litre, Des Dillon & a NSW Bentley.
Saturday afternoon section. 
Cabramurra to Tumut, 111 km
Saturday afternoon section.
Cabramurra to Tumut, 111 km
Tumut. Cars parked at the motel.
Tumut. Cars parked at the motel.
One of the NSW Vauxhalls attempts to catch a few leaks!
One of the NSW Vauxhalls attempts to catch a few leaks!
MG L3 Magna 1933. James Earl.
MG L3 Magna 1933. James Earl.
Sunday morning section. 
Tumut to Tintaldra, 143 km
Sunday morning section.
Tumut to Tintaldra, 143 km
Tumut. Day three, morning control.
Tumut. Day three, morning control.
Alvis 4.3 litre 1937. Michael & Anne Wilkinson put the top up. We had a few morning showers. The Aprilia sits smugly with its tin roof!
Alvis 4.3 litre 1937. Michael & Anne Wilkinson put the top up. We had a few morning showers. The Aprilia sits smugly with its tin roof!
The old Tumut railway yards. 
Opened 1903, closed 1984.
The old Tumut railway yards.
Opened 1903, closed 1984.
Patrick Ryan and new passenger John Shellard. Zhao Hang took the luxury way in the back of the Meehan limousine.
Patrick Ryan and new passenger John Shellard. Zhao Hang took the luxury way in the back of the Meehan limousine.
Tintaldra, lunch stop day three.
Tintaldra, lunch stop day three.
James Stephenson joined in for the last day in Penny, another one of those Vauxhall things.
www.pennytocapetown.com
James Stephenson joined in for the last day in Penny, another one of those Vauxhall things.
www.pennytocapetown.com
The Stephensons discuss Vauxhalleya with Daniel Clark.
The Stephensons discuss Vauxhalleya with Daniel Clark.
Oil slick evidence from our presence at the previous days morning tea stop! Not a Lancia drop in sight though.
Oil slick evidence from our presence at the previous days morning tea stop! Not a Lancia drop in sight though.
Alf put on the perfect Sunday roast lunch.
Alf put on the perfect Sunday roast lunch.
Peter Renou sets up his Augusta for the afternoons control.
Peter Renou sets up his Augusta for the afternoons control.
Sunday afternoon section. 
Tintaldra to Tumut, 129 km
Sunday afternoon section.
Tintaldra to Tumut, 129 km
End of trial at Tumut.
End of trial at Tumut.
Penny hit an Emu!
Penny hit an Emu!
Postscript 1: Dried grease in the motor, the reason the wipers stopped working.
Postscript 1: Dried grease in the motor, the reason the wipers stopped working.
Postscript 2: Carby pick up problem. Gasket partially blocking the capacity tube of the Zenith 36VI-2.
Postscript 2: Carby pick up problem. Gasket partially blocking the capacity tube of the Zenith 36VI-2.
NB: Actual problem was a leak in the float, see Blog entry.
NB: Actual problem was a leak in the float, see Blog entry.