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Birregurra Show n Shine 17/2/24



After many months of work by the BMEC Committee our primary concern regarding the weather never eventuated.  Those that attended I am sure would agree that the weather was great resulting in our first show being an overwhelming success.  We never imagined the response and turn out we got.

On behalf of the BMEC President, the Committee and all the BMEC membership:

To all that attended and bought their motors from the small stationary engines through to the big trucks- Thankyou!

To all our sponsors without whom this event would never have eventuated:

Birregurra Community Group, Birregurra General Store, Winchelsea and District Community Bendigo Bank, Colac Auto Care, Riordan Transport, Associated Cold Tread Tyres Colac, Andrew Hinds Plumbing, Winchelsea Landscape and Garden, Arundel Water Cartage, Barwon Water, Brandt Colac, Great Ocean Road Classics, Colac Mobile Cranes, Birregurra Mechanics Hall, Lidgerwood Seeds, J Lidgerwood and the Quinney Family- Thankyou!

To Wazza for the garbage bins and more, Royal Mail Hotel for allowing us to use their power, Shane King from ‘Outback Trading Birregurra’ who closed his business for the day just to allow smooth traffic flow and assist the smooth running of the event, Brad Brennan & Damian Boylan from Blue Circle for watercart, South West Traffic, Greg Daniels for watering the roads, Scott Peschell and his First Aid/Fire crew the bands and the ‘mixer’- Thankyou!

The ‘behind the scenes members.  The Ladies that ran the ‘Entry Desk’, the BMEC members and non-members that jumped in and helped on the gates, Neil and all his crew that ran the hugely successful BBQ and Sylvia the ‘BMEC Official Photographer’ - Thankyou!

Pat and Graeme and all the marshals.  How they managed and worked so well to get all those trucks and cars in and out without incident as they did has astounded us and highly commendable- Thankyou!

Those people that came to our event just for a look - Thankyou!

The stall holders - Thankyou!

Diamond Valley Trophy Centre for the fantastic trophies - Thankyou!

Those of you that are followers of our page and left us fantastic feedback – Thankyou!

The members of the BMEC. That pitched in and made the day what it was - Thankyou!

The residents and businesses of Birregurra, who without objection, allowed us to run this event even though it may have caused some inconvenience on the day - Thankyou!

Finally, all the Committee members that worked tirelessly to bring the event from dream to reality – Thankyou!

If we have forgotten anyone, we sincerely apologise but thankyou too.


PS Dont forget to check out our Facebook page and the Birregurra Community Notice Board for photographs of the event


We made the Colac Herald again 19/2/24


Massive day of motors at Birregurra



Front Page Colac Herald 16th February 2024.   Life Member Ron Elsbury and President Michael Barry with our Federal Knight bus.- 

REVVED UP: Birregurra Motoring Enthusiasts Club members Ron Elsbury and Michael Barry are looking forward to the town’s first-ever show and shine, expected to attract hundreds of vehicles.










15 businesses or organisations and 1 individual sponsored our inaugural event..  We believe this is a great result and heartfelt thank you to each and everyone of them for their encouragement and support.

The Committee urges all members to support these sponsors at every opportunity.

They include: 


The Birregurra Show n Shine 2024 sponsors:



  Associated_Cold_Tread                              Hinds                             Colac Garden




Arundel Water Cartage – Barwon Water – Brandt Colac – Great Ocean Road Classics - Colac Mobile Cranes

Birregurra Mechanics Hall - Lidgerwood Seeds - J Lidgerwood



The Bus

Thanks to the Lorne Historical Socitey we have located another photo of our bus.  It appears the picture was taken in the 1930s of the bus and passengers en route to Lorne from Birregurra.  We are not sure but the picture appears to be around Benwerrin where there was a stop over during the trip.

If you know anymore or anyone in the photo please let us know.  The caption that came with the photograph is "Lorne -Passerngers and early bus (Birtles) on Lorne/Deans Marsh Road'.  Apparently 'Birtles' was the bus company.


Bus 3


BMEC Stubby Holders

The Club now has Stubby Holders for sale as our latest fundraiser.  We believe they look great and will be available at the Monthly Meetings and to the public at the Show n Shine.

These are a quality Stubby Holder fully stitched and taped at join.  Only $10 each.  Supercheap have their Stubby Holders on sale at $15 each and Repco $11 during Bathurst so ours are a real bargain!!  Get one, in fact get 2 or 3.  Remember, all funds go to the Club and the Show n Shine.









Congratulations to the Birregurra Mens Shed which officially opened on the 7th of October 2023.

Pictured are Birregurra Men's Shed Vice-President Terry Richardson, President Don Lidgerwood and Treasurer Ron Elsbury all of whom are members of our Club with our old bus which we hope to start restoration upon.

(Photo courtesy of Colac Herald)




BMEC Car badge

To celebrate our 10 years (2013 to 2023) we struck 60 car grille badges.

At the September Monthly Meeting (6th September 2023) the auction concluded for the Number 1 badge and was won by one of our members - 'Wazza' Williamson.  Congratulations to Wazza and thanks for supporting the BMEC with your generous winning bid.

The raffle was also drawn for the numbers 2 and 3 badges.  The Number 2 badge was won by Bill Castles and the Number 3 badge was won by Scott Harris.  Congratulations to both members.


****Unless you have ordered a badge previously and not collected it, no more badges are available****


Badge 1


2023/24 Memberships

Memberships for the 2023/24 are now paid up.  Thanks from the BMEC Committee to the members that renewed and joined our Club for 2023/24.

If you are still thinking about joining our Club you can via the 'Membership' page or contact the President or Secretary for assistance.

New members most welcome.  Why not come to a Monthly Meeting and check us out?  See the 'Events' page for dates, times etc.

Hope to see you at one of our meetings or events.


Life Membership

The Birregurra Motor Enthusiasts Club recognises members that have significantly contributed to the Club with Life Membership status.  The Club already has one Life Member, Mr. Philip Berry  (2020).  At the December 2022 meeting, the following members were inducted as Life Memberships of our Club:

Mr. Pat Davis  (2022)

Mr. Ron Elsbury  (2022)

Mr. Horst Pfeifer  (2022)

Mrs. Hendrina Pfeifer  (2022)


The BMEC President Mr Michael Barry at the March 2023 Monthly Meeting presenting Mr Pfeifer and Mrs Pfeifer and former President and founding member Mr. Pat Davis with their Certificates of Life Membership.



The BMEC President Mr Michael Barry presenting Mr Berry and Mr Elsbury with their Certificates of Life Membership at the February 2023 Monthly Meeting.



Slimline Club Permit Plates

VicRoads is now making same number club permit replacement number plates and same number club permit slimline replacement plates available.

Because of systems limitations they are only available for order online for permit holders who have a myVicRoads account.  Replacement and slimline club permit plates cannot be ordered at VicRoads’ Customer Service Centres (CSC) .  Slimline club permit plates are only available for new issue club permits at CSCs.

For a quick summary, download the official letter from John Lewis, Principal Practice Advisor – Registration and Licensing, VicRoads.

How to order replacement plates online:

Replacement club permit number plates of any sort CANNOT be ordered at Customer Service Centres. To order you plates and for all the information you need on fees, renewals and how to order replacement plates online, please download the following information sheet:

Letter Slimline plates (

You can now download the Member Jungle mobile app and stay up to date with what's going on our membership group. You can update your membership details and also receive notifications about important event reminders, latest news and more.
Visit the Mobile App page (under Membership) to find out more. Download our New Mobile App - 15th February 2022
You can now download the Member Jungle mobile app and stay up to date with what's going on our membership group. You can update your membership details and also receive notifications about important event reminders, latest news and more. Visit the Mobile App page (under Membership) to find out more.