BUICK SPRING RUN
25th October 2019
Friday morning saw us heading for Mundaring to meet up with others going on this Buick Spring Run.
We thought we would be the first there but to our surprise two others were already there and like myself headed to Coles for bread rolls for our BBQ on Friday night, Harold was also in Coles. We were all in fine sprit and headed off around 9-30am to meet others who were joining us in Brookton which was our lunch stop. Lunch was in a lovely park and the roses in the town center we just beautiful along with other flowering plants.
A brief stop at Wickepin a small rural town with the main industries being grain and livestock production of sheep and cattle. The enticements of sandalwood and mallet bark bought the first settlers to the Wickepin district in 1893. Sheep were soon introduced to the region, which is still farming country. The most famous attraction in Wickepin is the Albert Facey Homestead in Wogolin Road. Built in 1924 and moved to the main street in 2000, the homestead is the former home of A.B. Facey and his family lived 16 kilometers out of Wickepin from 1922 until 1934, when the depression and the rabbit plagues forced them to return to Perth. Today the house is a museum, offering visitors a unique look into the life of a 1930’s farmer. Now onto John & Kaye’s home at Kukerin. An amazing afternoon tea was awaiting us and the men headed straight for Johnno’s shed for a look at his collection. After leaving there we headed for our accommodation which was at Mary’s Cottages, what a lovely surprise, the accommodation was just perfect. Friday night we had a BBQ and spent the night reminiscing of past events and what was to follow. We retired not too late but others did kicked on.
Saturday morning fueled up at Lake Grace and onto Pingrup for morning tea which Kaye had arranged to have at a café in town, and to see the art paintings on the silos. Onto Newdegate for our lunch stop, after lunch we all headed out to the silo’s which also had art paintings.
Arriving back home at the Cottages around 4-30pm just enough time for 40 winks and get ready for our evening meal at the Walkers Hill Vineyard, Lake Grace which was about a 40 minute drive. Kaye had organized buses to collect us for the drive there and return. A theme of memorable clothing was the order of the night and there was a clear winner, Steve McLennan in his tartans.
Sunday morning 8-30am we were all off to Dumbleyung where there is a visitors center, a busk made from chicken wire is something to be amazed at and a full size replica of the Blue Bird and record set by Donald Campbell on the salt lakes at Dumbleyung Donald Campbell had been travelling at speeds of more than 300mph to break his own 276mph record when the Bluebird K7 partially disintegrated.
Katanning was our next stop for Morning Tea at the Dome Coffee Shop
Once the Old Flour Mills, we also had a tour of the building.
It’s probably the best dollar ever spent in the protection of WA’s architectural and industrial heritage.
A 127-year-old Katanning flour mill — sold by the local shire for just $1 after years of neglect and standing empty, has been transformed into one of WA’s regional finest luxury hotels.
After a two-year, a multi million-dollar restoration completed. The project has been the brainchild of Nigel Oakey, chief executive of the Dome cafe group.
Heading now to Wagin for lunch at the Wagin Historic Village. The village started in 1978 as a working memorabilia to the pioneers. There are 24 buildings, there is a large collection of memorabilia in each separate buildings relating to it. A lovely lunch was put on for us at the village.
From there we headed home to Perth arriving home around 5-30pm, total kilometers for the spring run approximately 1050 km.
A sincere thank you from all must go to John & Kaye Cook for the time, effort and coordination in setting this Spring Run for the Buick Owners Club of Western Australia an amazing job, and a and a run thoroughly enjoyed by all.
John & Kaye (1957 Oldsmobile Coupe)
Peter & Bev (1967 Buick Riviera Coupe)
Stuart & Delys (1955 Buick Super Convertible)
Murray & Teresa (1968 Buick Skylark Convertible)
Jim & Beryl (1967 Buick Riviera Coupe)
Colin & Carolyn (1960 Buick Electra Sedan)
Harold & Gail (1951 Buick Super Sedan)
Steve & Jenny (1974 Buick Century Coupe)
Graham & Nid (1962 Buick Skylark Convertible)
Paul & Laura (1967 Buick GS400 Coupe)
Ian & Margaret (1955 Buick Century Coupe)
Lois (1972 Buick Riviera Coupe)
John & Sue (1969 Buick Electra)
Phil & Kerry (1966 F100 )