For the last 13 years, on the first weekend of April, a small group of car collectors/enthusaists have met in a small Victorian town of Gisborne for a weekend of cruising and mingling at an event known as the Mt Macedon Grand Tour.
This being my first tour, I didn’t quite know what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised by the caliber of cars that turned up and the friendliness of everyone involved. The tour is capped at 100 which, in my opinion, was great as you could get around and speak with all the owners. The tour is open to all makes and models of car or motorcycles with the emphasis being on classics in any genre from family sedans to sports cars.
A few of us decided it would be a great weekend away with our wifes, so the decision was made to rent a house in Kyneton for a few days as our base of operations. On Friday afternoon we headed up in a convoy, consisting of my own 1971 Datsun 240z, and my friends 1974 Datsun Skyline 240k and 1963 MG Midget.
On arrival, the house did not disappoint! In fact it was absolutely amazing! The pictures really don’t do it justice. It was the perfect place to chill and chat about Saturdays main event.
It was an early start, with a 30min drive to Gisborne and brekky starting at 7:30am and driver briefing at 8:40. But it made for some beautiful shots on the freeway as the sun rose.
Thanks to Tori for the above shot of my zed cruising to the first meet point in Gisborne.
As we arrived, a beautiful Mercedes 300SL pulled up behind me and I was out of my car quick smart to get some shots and admire the glorious curves.
After a stroll down the starting line, I knew it was going to be an amazing day. From Jags to Datsuns to Morgans to Mercedes there was a pretty good mix of cars.
Every year, there’s also a theme or Featured Marque that is the main event. This year it was Morgan and what a turnout of Morgans it was! It was am impressive sight at our lunch stop in Romsey.
It was also another good chance for me to get a few more pics!
It was great to stretch the legs of the 240z since I had just done some substantial upgrades to it, including new triple Weber Carbs, New Work Equip Wheels and a new custom suspension set up. It didn’t miss a beat all day and the scenery was spectacular to boot!
The end of the tour was a dinner with all the drivers and navigators back at Kyneton Town Hall. It was a great way to end the day.
And here’s a sneaky video of the zed in action. Again thanks to Tori and Nick for this one 🙂
The following morning was a sleep in and then we popped into a cool little shop called NoTown. The owner has 2 Toyota Crowns and this very sweet van. Of course, I had to take a shot of the Dastuns out front.
During Day 1, Al (owner of the skyline) spotted a sweet old looking garage workshop so we decided to cruise home with a slight detour for a quick photoshoot of the 3 cars.
It was a fitting end to a fantastic weekend of driving, eating and hanging out with great friends. Can’t wait to do it again next year.
For more images from the day, checkout my gallery on the Facebook page.