G.V.M.V.D.C.Inc. History

The Club began on 26th November 1970 when a group of veteran and vintage motoring enthusiasts met in Numurkah and formed the Goulburn Valley Motor Vehicle Collectors Club. Monthly meetings then took place in Numurkah and Shepparton. A newsletter was published in December 1970 and by January 1971 this was registered as an official periodical. Today our Club members still eagerly await their monthly delivery of the Drivers Journal.

After meeting at several schools, halls and private venues, a  decision was made in November 1972 to conduct meetings on a regular basis in Shepparton, firstly at Archer St Methodist Hall. Shortly after another move took place, St. Andrews Church Hall becoming the next home.

Over the next few years membership grew and with it a demand  for larger and improved amenities. In February 1975 a decision was made that saw a move to Packham Street Tennis Clubrooms (below). Meetings were held there until May 1997, when once again, with the need for larger premises, committee and members made a bold decision,  moving to Grahamvale Scout Hall with a 30 year lease, renewable every 10 years. During the ensuing period membership continued to grow, and with it a need for a  home "to call our own". That became a reality  in June 2006 with the purchase of the property  we were leasing. Now the members really have club rooms to call their own. The Goulburn Valley Motor Vehicle Drivers Club Inc. Clubrooms, Grahamvale.

The Club has grown in membership and events. Today we have over 200 members and many of our events are as old as the Club. Our first Swap meet was held in September 1971 realising the grand sum of $39.10 and the Annual Picnic Christmas Party has been held since 1972. The Annual Dinner Dance was almost continuous from 1974 to 2006.

To celebrate the Club’s 21st year in 1991, the first touring rally to the Barossa Valley was held. Every year since, the touring rallies have taken us to all parts of Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales and in 1995, 2000, 2006 and 2014 to Tasmania.

The Club is also well known for its Rally of the Valley, which was first held in 1985 over the Melbourne Cup Weekend. This event was held firstly bi-annually and in later years tri-annually, the East Gippsland and West Gippsland Clubs holding events in other years. This event is open to all Veteran, Vintage and Classic vehicles and attracts a good following.

In January 1993 the Club changed its name to the Goulburn Valley Motor Vehicle Drivers Club Incorporated due to bureaucratic questions over the term "Collectors" . The Club now continues to operate very successfully under its Statement of Purposes.
Goulburn Valley Motor Vehicle Drivers Club Inc.