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Our Meeting Place

"Our meeting place is a credit to the vision of early members who formed an alliance with the Austin Healey Club and purchased our own clubrooms. They are discreetly located in Springvale and offer members a comfortable club ambience and relaxed atmosphere befitting these fine British marques and their owners. The club rooms offer a large meeting room equipped with full audio visual facilities, lounge room, conference room, library, merchandise shop, kitchen and licensed bar.

The club rooms have easy access for wheelchairs and provide comfortable seating and conveniences to make anyone's visit a pleasurable experience.

To have a place to call home for the Jaguar Car Club was one of Alec Dukes passions way back in the seventies and early eighties. Alec was a long term treasurer of the club and was a close friend of  Alan McKinnon  who took up the baton again in the late 80's.  He called a special meeting at the Kew Bowling Club, where the club was meeting at the time.  Quite a few members attended, including Kevin Chatley, Don McKay and Damian Maloney.  The major concern was how to raise enough funds to make this dream come to fruition.  

Coincidently, the Austin Healey Owners Club (‘AHOC’) had gone one step further, being well progressed with the raffle of an Austin Healey to raise money for the purchase of their own clubrooms. Having a common goal, the decision was made to combine forces and purchase a jointly owned clubroom. For the JCCV, the first step was to acquire an E-Type to raffle, but funds were scarce and that is when the bonafide financial support of another club member, Jeff Beable, came to fruition enabling the purchase of an E-Type to be raffled.  

Tickets were sold Victoria wide and members worked tirelessly all wanting to be involved to help raise funds for our meeting place.  It was a time where lifelong friendships were forged as members worked to achieve a common goal.  Kevin Chatley and David Laird ran the administration side, while Damian Moloney organised the various raffle venues.

After completion of the raffle in 1991, 3 members from each club were empowered with the task of finding and purchasing a suitable premises.  The Eastern suburbs were deemed to be a suitable area for the club rooms and the old Stegbar factory in Springvale was identified as a potential candidate. An offer was submitted, negotiations took place and we successfully became joint owners of our own club rooms.

Over the next few years members from both clubs worked together to turn the building into the clubrooms we enjoy today.  

The clubrooms were opened on 1 April 1993.  

The Jaguar Car Club of Victoria and the Austin Healey Owners Club are justifiably proud of the premises that both clubs now call home!

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