Martin Barlow, of Canberra, has been working very hard to create a register of VQ Caprices.  The result is a strong list of surviving VQ Caprices.

The VQ Caprice Series I was priced from A$56,894 when new. When you consider the price difference between the VQ Statesman with the Stato priced under $40k and underneath the luxury tax threshold. So for all the extra money, you really didn't get that much more.  And the resulting sales meant that only about 1300 Caprices were ever sold.

VQ Caprice Series I standard features superseded and added to those of the VQ Statesman variant:
  • 15-inch alloy wheels
  • 14 speaker stereo
  • Cosmetic enhancements (e.g. chrome and woodgrain trim)
  • Fog lights
  • Rear stereo controls
  • Rear vanity mirrors
VQ Caprice Series I optional features included:
  • Leather upholstery
  • Electric sunroof (dealer fitted)

The VQ Caprice Series II was priced from A$60,352 when new.

VQ Caprice Series II standard features superseded and added to those of the VQ Caprice Series I variant:
  • Anti-lock brakes
  • Power front seats
  • Speed sensitive power steering
  • 10 disc CD stacker

Martin's hard work: spreadsheet VQ Caprice register owners handout b (15 KB)

Statesman Nationals participants may remember the silo art part of the Sunday Cruise from last year.  HUDINI, along with many others parked in front of the Devenish Silo with its images of two nurses from different eras.  Now the next town after Devenish, St James, is having the "treatment." 

The Weekly Times wrote about the new work in progress. "The popularity of grain silos splashed with artwork has reached the township of St James in northern Victoria, where artist Timothy Bowtell is at work with his paints and brushes.

The Devenish Silo Art

The GrainCorp silos are being decorated with a mural of Sir George Coles, the founder of Coles supermarkets who was a local to the St James township.

Mr Bowtell said he was excited to be putting the town of 360 on the art trail map with his mural.

“It’s a real positive step for the town to bring in some tourism that will breathe a bit of life back into local businesses,” Mr Bowtell said.

“I’ve painted a couple of buildings before but nothing of this scale, so it’s an honour to take on this project and contribute to the community.”

The silo bunkers at St James were built in 1943, with bushels of wheat originally delivered to the site via horse and cart; a motif that will be displayed in the artwork.

GrainCorp recently celebrated three years of the iconic silo art trail that began in western Victoria in 2015, with artist Guido van Helten’s depiction of farm workers sprawling across six silos at GrainCorp’s Brim site. Since then, the trail has spread across GrainCorp’s network with sites in Rosebery, Lascelles, Sheep Hills, Patchewollock, Rochester and Devenish all being painted.

St James silo art committee secretary Kathy Beattie said the art project has had the support of the community, along with a $20,000 donation from Coles.

“The Coles family have a long and close relationship with St James,” Ms Beattie said.

“In addition, our town has relied on the GrainCorp silos for many years as we are predominantly a grain growing area, so we are paying homage to our farmers and their association with those silos.”

GrainCorp community manager Luke O’Donnell said the company was excited to see the silo art trail expand to include more communities across Victoria’s grain network."

Found this article that was publshed in the Shepparton News from last year's Nationals.

We got a lot of publicity over the weekend, including newspaper, radio and television.

Good work by the organising committee.

You can read the story here.

What is significant?
Chinamans Bridge is an extensive timber bridge which spans the Goulburn River 2.7 kilometres west of the Goulburn Valley Highway. It is believed to have been constructed in 1891 and at the time was known as Kerris Bridge. The bridge was funded with a joint grant from the Public Works Department and the Water Supply Department. It was designed by the Goulburn Shire Council Engineer and constructed by the contractor JB Parkinson at a cost of £4188 3s 6d.

The bridge included a lift span to enable sawmill and recreation steamers to continue to utilise the Goulburn River. The Nagambie Sawmill steamer passed through the bridge six times a week during the 1890s. Chinamans bridge originally carried the Nagambie-Heathcote Road across the Goulburn River, however the road has now been re-aligned to be carried over the river by a new bridge nearby. Chinamans Bridge was given its name because the Nagambie-Heathcote Road, once known as Chinamans Road, was in an area populated by Chinese market gardeners up until 1916. Chinamans Bridge is a timber girder bridge with hand hewn squared timber stringers strutted to the piers and timber corbels and deck.

The arrangement of spans supports the view that the bridge at one time incorporated a lift span to provide for the passage of river traffic, however only the timber fenders remain. The drawbridge span was replaced, around 1940, with a steel span.

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The thing that strikes you most about the Nagambie Lakes region is its accessibility to Melbourne – just 80 minutes from go to whoa. Hardly time for a single “Are we there yet?”

Travelling north along the Hume Hwy and take the Shepparton turnoff along the Goulburn Valley Hwy. The first town is Nagambie the heart of the Nagambie lakes region, extending along the Hume Freeway from Avenel to Longwood and following the Goulburn Valley Highway to Nagambie and the historic Goulburn Weir.
The Nagambie region also boasts one of the most temperate climates in Victoria: not too hot, not too cold …just right! And with less average rainfall than Melbourne and other areas, you’ll be free to enjoy much more of the outdoor activities the region has to offer.

As you reach the Nagambie Lakes region you will pass a number of famous wineries – landmarking them for subsequent viticultural research! – while other magnificent natural attractions such as rivers, lakes and wetlands loom large. All so near and clear… indeed, you’ll find that you’re asking yourself how this jewel in Victoria’s crown can be so close to the hustle and bustle of Melbourne.