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01 Nov 2016
 

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01 Oct 2016
 

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01 Sept 2016
 

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01 August 2016
 

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01 July 2016
 

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01 June 2016
 

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01 May 2016
 

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August 2016
 

ffPoint Cook 2016

Well we know that who the real men are in the club now, the day was so inclement that only the hardiest of members would have attended this event. So Alf Brooks donned his jungle greens once again and made the trip down to Ascot Vale, top off the jeep of course. T

 

his year the arms and military fair had been moved because the gamers convention was on, I though this was some sort of casino. There were masses of vehicle every where. But it wasn’t a casino, it was all the electronic game players, some came in fancy dress, which created some confusion if they wandered into the gun show by mistake.(Green lantern meets Green Beret)

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ANZAC Day 2015 Being the 100th anniversary of the landings at Gallipoli this year’s ANZAC day was always going to be a big event.

 

 

 

 

 

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Back to Caulfield Raceday The VMVC were invited to remember those who served in WW1, read about the ceremony held recently

 

 

 

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Simpson Barracks visit The winter visit to HMAS Castlemaine is always popular.

Read the article and find out who was there and where the BBQ was hidden??

 

 

 

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Vietnam Veterans Day 2014 The VMVC were invited to remember those who served in Vietnam, Read about the ceremony held recently

 

 

 

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HMAS Castlemaine Winter Visit The winter visit to HMAS Castlemaine is always popular.

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Nuffield 1943 Airborne jeep Prototype Andrew S has been hard at work on his replica of the 1943 Arborne Jeep designed by Nuffield Enterprises for the British Airborne.

 

 

 

 

 

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1 Nov 2016 - President News
 

From the President

 


As President I oversee committee admin matters and would like to thank Gordon for his extra work and phone calls sorting the overdue annual fees collection from some 120 members. We’re all busy, but I would expect those with club plates would be right on with their annual fee payment, not the case. Quite a few members who are in the club permit scheme were officially not financial and therefor have been operating their vehicles without correct registration or TAC insurance. Unfortunately, late payment is a continual problem and next year we will have more controls in place for timely payments.

 

Big thanks to those who paid before the end of September.

 

Now some good news that the VMVC Christmas party will be at Ray and Judy Edsall’s which will be on Sunday the 4th of December starting at 10am. He has a pool and a great area for parking and BBQs so it would be great to see you and your family all there. The club will provide BBQ, soft drinks and a raffle and awards will be handed out to nervous club members. So park your vehicle in his front area so we can all have a good look at your rigs and proceed down his drive to the pool, where Ray may be floating on his banana lounge sipping a drink with an umbrella in it.

 

I would like to see more of you on Facebook because our private club page VMVC operations is going great with 47 members on it with up to date intel on member’s military theme purchases, vehicle photos from events and now an events option were if you will receive a notification of an event and you can register and log on showing us you may attend the event. Great stuff just ask a younger person how to how friend a committee member and we will put you on. Also I will be contacting VMVC folk on the Avalon Air show in February with details as we sort them so stay tuned. Staying on events the Maffra VMVC is this month (Nov.) so it would be swell to get a convoy happening up for that weekend so if interested please call Gordon. This month I will be away for 2 weeks in NSW central coast on work Training so I’ll see if this old dog can do a new tricks, Ha, ha.

 

If You’re interested my humvee is slowly being disassembled for a new trans and engine. I am enjoying the tear down, better get a move on Corowa will be here soon. -Rod Out

Join the VMVCAre you interested in Military Vehicles? Why not join the VMVC!! Follow the link below and download the application form. You can email or post a completed form to our Vice-president.

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About the Victorian Military Vehicle CorpsThe VMVC is a non-profit club run by enthusiasts of ex-military vehicles. The club is based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. New members are welcome. The club will provide friendship, technical help and fun !


Ron G and Bill with a jeep

 

Meetings are held at the Rats of Tobruk hall, 44 Victoria Avenue, Albert Park on the first Tuesday of the month ( no meeting in January ).

 

There is street side parking in Victoria Avenue, and you can enjoy a nice meal at one of the cafes prior to the Monthly Meeting, or partake in a pizza, delivered to Tobruk Hall at the end of the formal part of the night.

 

Club members will often stay at the hall and discuss issues related to the Military Vehicle Hobby, or just catch up with members they have not seen for awhile.

 

Meetings begin at 8 pm

 

Dingo, an Aussie Dog In early 1941, the Australian Army was faced with the difficulty of equipping the Armoured Division that was in the process of being raised - while obtaining tanks and armoured cars was difficult enough, such a division also required some 210 scout cars as a part of its normal establishment.

 

The resulting vehicle, named the Dingo - which bore little resemblance to the similarly named vehicle produced by Daimler for the British Army - used commercially available parts (including a Ford 30-cwt commercial lorry chassis) and an angular, all-welded hull manufactured from locally produced armour plate.


Dingo

 

The Dingo scout car, unfortunately, was a flawed vehicle. From the outset, problems were found with the strength of the front axle assembly, driving the vehicle for any length of time was found to be exhausting due to the cramped nature of the driver's position, visibility for the driver was very poor, and the weight of the vehicle (at some 4.7tons when fully equipped) severely restricted off-road performance such that the type was more or less limited to roads or hard surfaces

 

The Australian Dingo scout car did not see active service abroad with the Australian Army

 

1 Sept 2013
 

Vale Mike Edwards

 

 

Mike

 

I would like to thank the club members for their expressions of sympathy on the loss of my son Michael, who died in a road accident, while returning from Corowa. Belonging to the club gave great enjoyment to both Graham and Michael, and I know they valued highly the many friendships’ they made over the years. Michael was my first child, a very special and dearly loved son, and I shall miss him every day for the rest of my life.

1 Sept 2012
Vale Bob Moseley from Hindmarsh Island, South Australia, known as ‘Salesman Bob’.
 

Bob passed away on the 17th of July 2013 after complications following an industrial accident on 26th June. Bob was well known in military vehicle circles. He was a Journalist (with a Diploma in Journalism), an accredited researcher, and WW2 military vehicle restorer especially in the area of instrument panel restorations. He was a stalwart member of MLU forum and always ready to offer advice. . He conversed on matters MT regularly and also enjoyed a good laugh. Always quick to offer assistance if it was within his power to do so.

There are a number of stories about Bob on the MLU forum. One person mentions the following: It was Bob's networking that put me on to my Humber, and it was he and Ada that came to the rescue when the truck failed on the way home: storing it for me and then trucking it 800kms home.

 

For those who were unable to meet Bob here is a clip from the DVD Keith Webb made back in 2007 - Year of the Cycle and Staff Car at Corowa. It gives a good idea of what a personable fellow Bob was. (Also in this clip is the late, great founder of this forum, Geoff Winnington-Ball on his only visit to Australia talking about Bob...)

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xM2hQ...ature=youtu.be

 

Many of the Corowa participants would remember his blitz halftrack project that came to Corowa in 2009. We wish his wife Ada and his family all the strength to pull through this sad and sudden loss. .Bob will be sadly missed by many of us. Jan Thompson

1 August 2013
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Rats of Tobruk keep on giving

 

Age has certainly not wearied the generosity of the Rats of Tobruk.

 

A group of the World War II veterans from Melbourne has donated $1.5-million to the Royal Children's Hospital.

Not many "Rats" are left, but their legacy will live on at the Royal Children's Hospital.

 

Rats of Tobruk Victorian president, Alan Eldridge presided over Friday's official ceremony to hand over the donation.

"We do hope that it corrects serious head damages to thousands of kids over the years to come," he said.

The Rats raised the money through the sale of their Albert Park hall where they have met for more than 50 years.

Businessman, Bill Gibbons, bought the meeting hall in 2007 when the Rats could no longer afford its upkeep.

But the former soldiers were never asked to move out and they continue to meet there every month.

"We still meet, have a beer after and put the world in order," Mr Eldridge said.

 

The former soldiers fought in one of Australia's most successful military engagements, holding the Libyan port of Tobruk against the Afrika Corps in World War II.

The hospital's neuroscience unit has been named the "Rats of Tobruk Ward" in honour of the contribution.

One boy who has spent a lot of time there is five-year-old Joel Rees.

 

He suffered a stroke two years ago, paralysing the left side of his body.

 

His father, Luke Rees today praised the donation.

"They gave it all for their freedom and that and now they're just continuing it on for the children now so it's just very overwhelming," he said.

 

The Chairman of the Royal Children's Hospital, Tony Beddison, says the donation will have a lasting impact.

"It's wonderful, it's going to make a difference.

"The $1.5 million will fund a fellowship in the neuroscience department and it will live on and on and on as a wonderful legacy from the Rats of Tobruk," he said.

 

 

Victoria's Rats of Tobruk have donated $1.5-million to Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital. (ABC TV News)