Pokolbin 20th National Meet, 2013
Monday, April 15, 2013 12:13

Over the Easter weekend of 28th March to 1st April, 32 members of our Queensland Studebaker Car Club attended the 20th National Meet which was held in Pokolbin.
Pokolbin is located in the “Heart of Wine Country” in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales.
Many of the club members drove their Studebakers to the meet, some going earlier to enjoy the tourist attractions along the way, others driving the distance in one day. The Meet Headquarters was located at the Mercure Resort, Hunter Valley Gardens.

Mercure – Meet Headquarters

Everyone came together on the Thursday afternoon for Registration followed by dinner in the evening. Always a lot of fun to catch up with other Studebaker Club Members to discuss how their trips went driving to the Meet.
The Swap Meet was held on the Friday which has something that you must have or need! Lots of time to clean our Studebakers, visit wineries and sightsee the Hunter Valley then onto dinner.
On Saturday the Concours were held in the top Car Park of the Hunter Valley Gardens which was the perfect spot to display all the shiny and eyecatching Studebakers.

The Hunter Valley Gardens known as the “Jewel of the Hunter” has many outstanding features including 10 differently themed garden areas with over 8 kilometres of pathways. It is nestled amongst the foothills of the Brokenback Ranges in the heart of the Hunter vineyards.
Saturday evening we all enjoyed dinner and the Auction which always creates a fun night of frantic bidding.
Sunday morning was the Observation run finishing at “Lost in the Fifties” Museum at Newcastle. The museum is an American Classic Car Museum, it is just like being on the set of “Happy Days.” We all had an interesting time looking and walking around for a few hours. www.lostinthe50’s.com.au
Sunday night the Presentation Dinner was held at Lindeman’s Winery. Three of the Queensland Club Members won trophies for their Studebakers, Louise Cosgrove and Lorna & John Venema. The trophy was a bottle of Lindemans red wine with an engraved Studebaker on the front.  Leila Cosgrove & Greg Devantier also won a trophy each for the Observation run. Congratulations to everyone.
Monday morning was farewell to all of our Studebaker friends and to the Hunter Valley. The 20th National Meet was most enjoyable with a huge thankyou to the Newcastle Studebaker Car Club for organizing the Meet at such a relaxing and scenic place called Pokolbin.
For more photos of the Meet click on Gallery

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