The purpose of this Blog

This blog is to detail my 43 years (1973 - 2016) with a 1928 Chevrolet tourer, affectionately called "The Red Chev".

The acquisition, restoration, improvements and my experiences over the years are covered in as much detail as I can remember.

Some of the later postings include car club outings and other vintage car items that I hope will be of interest to people.

If you have the time, scroll back to where it all began in 1973 and follow the journey so far.

Thanks for dropping by.

Regards Ray Dean

See my new section "The Red Chev - Repairs, Improvements, Maintenance and Technical Details" located on the left hand side of the screen.


Sunday, October 9, 2016

DVHCC Club Run to Bundoora Homestead

A very windy Melbourne day greeted all who ventured out for the Dandenong Valley Historic Car Club run to the historic Bundoora Homestead.

We had a guided tour through a beautiful building from a bygone era that I have driven past dosens of times without giving it more than a thought.

Starting life as a private residence, in 1920 the Homestead became a convalescent farm and repatriation hospital and in 1924 the Bundoora Repatriation Mental Hospital.

The building continued in the care of returned serviceman through to 1993 when it was decommissioned and earmarked for demolition in favour of a housing development.

After a long campaign the building was saved, restored to its former glory and reopened in 2001 as
Bundoora Homestead Art Centre.

I can highly reccomend a visit to the Homestead, which is a valueable link to the areas history.

A great display of club cars were parked in an ideal location for their age.

A few photos from inside the homestead

The roof top stained glass window

Prior to the homestead tour we meet at the home of  Josie and Terry, where Josie had prepared a delicious lunch that was enjoyed by all. 

Thanks to the organisers for a great day, with special thanks to Josie and Terry for their hospitality and lunch. 

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