Inaugural cars, coffee and bikes meet a success

April 19, 2024 BY

Good for the community: Heathcote Cars, Coffee and Bikes organiser Kylie Ryan hopes the event will promote the local area and give businesses a boost..

MORE than 60 classic cars and bikes lined the main street for the inaugural Heathcote Cars, Coffee and Bikes meet last Sunday.

Hello Heathcote: Sammy Heaton behind the wheel of her 1967 HR Holden ute.


Organiser Kylie Ryan said she was thrilled with the turn-out and looks forward to future events on the second Sunday of each month.

“The weather was perfect and we had an amazing number of classic cars and bikes turn up,” she said.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better day or better support.”

Lesley Oxley from Heathcote behind the wheel of her 1951 Chevy ute.


Ms Ryan said there are similar events held all over the country and she thought it would be a great thing for Heathcote. “I always travel to Broadford for their events as well as other places and I thought I would organise a meet for our town.

Colin Seiler from Heathcote checking under the bonnet of Chris Ferber’s 1970 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible: “Barbie”.


“We have the longest main street in the southern hemisphere, plenty of great eateries and lots of through traffic.

“Life has been tough for so many people since COVID and this is a great way to get people together.

Ewen Taylor rode from Werribee on his 2009 Harley Davidson CVO Spriger.

“Local businesses will benefit, too.”

Local car and bike owners joined with visitors from Bendigo and Melbourne to display their own cars and view others.

Michael Holmes, from Melbourne, has a holiday home in Heathcote and often visits.

Mark Tramell; Josh, John, Kylie and Jessica-Grace Ryan; and Shane Lunn with their classic cars in the Valley of Liquid Ambers.

“This is excellent,” he said, “and another great reason to visit Heathcote.

Chris Bisset from Bendigo (in background) and Boris behind the wheel of the family’s 1971 Ford Falcon XY.


“I’m a big fan of country towns and all they have to offer.

Clint and Linda Curran from Heathcote on their 1980 Suzuki GSI 1000G motorbike and sidecar.


“Heathcote is so easy to get to. It’s a win-win for visitors and the local businesses.

“I’ll be back again next month.”

Damien Lyon, Mick Rowe, Steve Kirwan and Mick O’Loughlin from Heathcote admiring a three-wheeler at Heathcote Cars, Coffee and Bikes.


Ms Ryan said the event was a great chance for car enthusiasts and motorcycle riders show off their pride and joy and admire other vehicles.

Chris Ferber from Bendigo behind the wheel of his 1970 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible: “Barbie”.


“Participants park vehicles at their own risk and we only ask that everyone obeys the traffic signs and regulations.

Elvis hanging from the mirror of Chris Ferber’s 1970 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible: “Barbie”.


“I’ve had great feedback with many people saying they’ll be back next month and they’ll tell their friends.

Neil Turnbull from Heathcote admired the interior of Kate Watt’s 1968 Mustang: “Sally”.


“Everyone is welcome to come along to the next meet. Rain, hail or shine we’ll be here.”

Jorge Buscema behind the wheel of his 1979 VB Commodore SLE.

The next event will be held on Sunday 12 May from 9am to 12noon.

Jason Lee and Grant English from Metcalf in Jason’s EK Holden Panel Van.