• 2018 HSCCA Nationals

    LAST YEAR saw the HSCCA in conjunction with Shepp Statos hold the first Statesman Nationals.  Held in October at the Shepparton Motor Museum and surrounds, poor weather on the Saturday did not dampen spirits.  More than 70 cars attended and $600 worth of BBQ food sold out by 2pm —meaning the crowd was big and hungry.

    Punters had the opportunity to tour the museum too — which had an amazing array of cars on display, including three Statesmans in prime spot inside. There was also a clutch of Aussie muscle including a Brock race car.  Thanks to museum curator Graeme Balfour for his hospitality.

  • Chinaman's Bridge Cruise Potential

    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.

  • Macquarie Pass Cruise with Xania Smith

    This wonderful photo came from a cruise taken by one of our NSW friends Sammi Chman, for Xania Smith.

    The water-crossing at the bottom of the drive provides a spectacular photo opportunity.  In fact there are many on this cruise.

    The Macquarie Pass is an eight-kilometre-long section of the Illawarra Highway passing through Macquarie Pass National Park. It was opened in 1898, though had been used by the Wodi Wodi tribe.

    Brendan Wilcox's beast on the same cruise getting his "feet wet". Great fun.  We hear the next cruise by this group will be in the Port Stephens area.

  • Silo Art Grande Opening at St James — Cruise

    We've discovered a beaut cruise that's been organised by the Shepparton Cars and Coffee crew to St James on the town's launch of its new Coles' Silo Art.  This is special, as not many people know that the very first Coles shop was in St James.  It's still a two-horse town.  But has some famous heritage.  At last year's Nationals we went to the nearby Devenish Silos for a squizz.

    The thumbnail photo illustrates the Sunday we had for the Nationals.  The second thumbnail shows the added art to the Devenish silos.  Devenish and St James are about 7km apart and the drive from Shepp takes in both.  This cruise will be similar.  Those silos too have had some additional work that we will spy during this cruise.  We have about 20 spots booked at the St James pub and Wayne the publican wants a "Show'n'Shine" outide the hotel.  The more Statos the merrier.  So if you are near get yourself to the Bridgestone Tyres staging point by 9am sharp, Sunday 28th of April.

    Technically not an official HSCCA event but hey it's cars, great photos and good food.  What more could you want? Download the promo link at the bottom of this page.

    folder StatoLife Special Cruise (not Nationals), St James Silo Art Grande Opening