Dutton Garage Malvern ANZAC Run04.05.2018
“The Dutton Garage Malvern Run has been confirmed in the Vintage Car Club calendar for 2019,” commented event organiser Malcolm McGibbon of Darfield.
A beautiful autumn day greeted participants at the Darfield Recreation Centre on Anzac morning for a car display prior to departing on the 80km run through the Malvern District.
“Many local residents took the opportunity to come and see the 65 vehicles that were on display and were seen taking plenty of photos and talking to the drivers,” Malcolm added.
Of the 65 vehicles on display, fifteen were over one hundred years old and they made a beautiful sight with their brass lights and fittings gleaming in the sunshine.
“The most common question from onlookers was – who does all the polishing,” Malcolm laughed?
After a short briefing at 11am the Soldiers’ Ode was read by Terry Hutchinson of the Malvern/Hororata RSA and the first cars departed for Sheffield. They then travelled on to Hororata and Glenroy before finally arriving at the lunch stop in Glentunnel.
As is usual with very old cars there were some reliability issues. An Austin broke an axle and organiser Malcolm McGibbon’s 1914 Renault came to a halt with a bent valve in the engine!
“In each case,” Malcolm reported, “it was nothing that can’t be fixed and both will certainly be back next year.”