Naracoorte Historic Vehicle Club's exciting upcoming events

Exciting events: Chairman of the Naracoorte Historic Vehicles Club Graham Henschke and the committee are excited to be planning plenty of events over summer, with their popular markets also returning recently.
Exciting events: Chairman of the Naracoorte Historic Vehicles Club Graham Henschke and the committee are excited to be planning plenty of events over summer, with their popular markets also returning recently.

The Naracoorte Historic Vehicle Club members have some exciting events coming up over the next few months into summer, including the recent return of its popular markets.

About to go into his third year as Chairman of the club, Graham Henschke spoke with the Herald about the groups recent AGM, the events that the club is planning to hold over summer and how COVID-19 social distancing restrictions have affected the club this year.

"Most of the committee has gone in and taken the same positions - we will run them out for another year," Mr Henschke said. "A lot of our income has been interrupted this year because of the virus - we would usually have a swap meet annually and that brings in quite a bit of revenue for the club."

The club was also forced to cancel its annual 'Pist n Broke,' with hopes of changing the event to 'Start up day,' where members could come in, start up their engines in the club's yard and have their vehicles on display for the public to see, however, the committee had to cancel this too.

Mr Henschke explained that the club was happy to be back organising its monthly markets, with its next one coming up in November.

"We have a market every second Saturday of each month but some of those have been cancelled this year - we have just gone back and had our first two since COVID-19 social distancing restrictions came into play," Mr Henschke continued.

"We are always looking for support from the public, we always get some nice traders ... we are even thinking of enhancing it a bit and turning it into a car boot sale as well for members or anyone else who wants to come along and pay a small fee for a site to sell on."

The chairman touched on the historic cars that he owns and has on display at the club.

"I have been involved since 2006 - there are still members that have been here for a lot longer," Mr Henschke continued. "I have got a couple of cars myself that we have got here - I have got a '69 MGB which is at home - I'm putting new springs in that one and the other one is a '71 Mercedes Benz here in the club rooms."

Mr Henschke outlined what events the club has coming up over the summer.

"We have monthly coffee runs, we usually have that on a Tuesday but we will be having one in Willalooka on a Sunday in December for a lunch up at the tavern there," he said.

"On November 22, we are meeting with the Mount Gambier group ... we will meet with them for a run to Frances."

During their trip to Frances, members will have the chance to check out two different sites where the owners will have a range of vehicles of all shapes and sizes.

The chairman finished by mentioning how the club was able to be a part of the 'Fly In' event in Robe recently.

"Our cars were featured quite a bit there, we took some photos of our cars with the tiger moth."

The club's main focus is to foster an interest in the maintaining and restoring of older cars, stationary engines, motorcycles, tractors as well as other items of interest.

Other clubs, groups and people visiting Naracoorte have the opportunity to observe the display area during the club's market days.