Sometimes you’ve just got to live vicariously through other people. We got all sorts of envious of the guys over at Jalopy Journal with their recap of the way-cool River City Coupe & Roadster Club reliability run. Riding along in Mark Thompson’s wild ’33 Phaeton, the club’s first-annual reliability run was a year in the making, which kicked off with a Friday night party held at an elementary school.
Saturday morning about 35 traditional hot rods gathered around the park just outside of a small airport “on the outskirts of Melbourne” surrounded by rolling hills, the mountains finally recovering from a rash of bush fires. The Jalopy Journal crew drove through Yarra Glen, on to a small town named Lilydale and finally to Dandenong Range.
Dandenong Range marked the end of the run, and is owned by a retired candy industry mogul George Hetrell. According to Jalopy, Hetrell is “a life-long car guy with a passion that matches any. His collection included an incredibly rare Bugatti that he still races as well as numerous other cars from other genres.”
Later, the Melbourne-based Vulture Car Club presented the Jalopy Journal crew with a copy of a hardback book covering the various adventures of the club while in Tasmania, printed by Luke Ray of Fuel Magazine. A big thanks was extended to everyone in the River City Coupe & Roadster Club and to all who attended the run.