The Vintage & Classic Car Club – Ballarat was formed in 1966 to bring together persons with an interest in all Motor Vehicles built before 31st December, 1942 and other vehicles, of Special Interest, over 25 years old. Whilst in the early days our membership consisted largely of owners of older (Vintage and Pre-War) vehicles, we now find that a large percentage of our members are regularly attending events in vehicles up to 1986. We cater for all cars and motorcycles regardless of country of origin or manufacturer.
Monthly meetings are held on the 3rd Friday of each month (unless otherwise noted in the Newsletter) at our Clubrooms in Humffray Street South. Meetings commence 8:00pm and there is often a guest speaker after the meeting, followed by supper.
There is at least one Club run per month (usually the Sunday after the meeting) and a number of “special” runs throughout the year. “Special” runs include mid week outings for the retired members, twilight runs during daylight savings and other tours or weekends away as planned from time to time. Runs are usually to places of interest, or for a meal, and are regularly attended by a range of members from younger members with families to retirees.
The Club publishes a monthly Newsletter, which is posted to reach members the week before the meeting. We also have a comprehensive library facility contained within the Clubrooms with an extensive collection of Workshop Manuals, Technical Books, Parts Catalogues, Magazines and other Motoring Books. A complete listing of items in the Library is kept on computer disc. Library materials are available for members to borrow for a period of two months at a time. We also hold an invitation rally, the Begonia Rally, over three days in February each year. This year’s rally attracted 163 entrants from as far away as South Australia and NSW as well as a number of entrants from Melbourne and other parts of Victoria.
We are a VicRoads authorised Club under the Club Permit Scheme and vehicles on Club Permit are welcome on all listed Club functions. We are also able to authorise the application for initial Club Permits should you wish to put vehicles into this scheme.
A range of Club merchandise including Car Badges, Lapel Badges, Caps, Keyrings and stickers is available to our members.