Hoods were gleaming and pipes growling as the SS Holden Commodore Owners Club of Victoria roared into Shepparton on Sunday.
About 70 prime examples of the Aussie icon packed out the car park at Shepparton Motor Museum where up to 150 club members were greeted with a barbecue and a tour of the museum’s exhibitions.
Club co-founder and president Mark Austin said cars came from across the state for the run to Shepparton as part of the club’s regular monthly events calendar.
‘‘It’s a great drive. You can’t beat an SS train on the highway,’’ Mr Austin said.
The Melbourne-based president said the club had about 1700 Facebook members with about 400 active members.
Sunday’s Shepparton visit saw drivers arrive from a wide variety of destinations, including Gippsland, Bendigo, Colac, Geelong and Melbourne.
‘‘It’s a unique club — it was established in 2012 just for SS owners,’’ Mr Austin said.
He was disappointed by news earlier this year Holden will stop Australian production at its Elizabeth plant in Adelaide on October 20.
‘‘It’s very sad. This is an Aussie icon,’’ he said looking at his wife’s gleaming red VE SS model.
Shepparton’s Breanna Evans maintains the social media page for the Shepparton/Albury-Wodonga branch of the club.
‘‘We’ve got 157 members. We try and do something each month — go on drives and social outings,’’ Ms Evans said.
Partner Arron Webb admitted keeping the shine on his 2005 VZ SS took a lot of elbow grease.
‘‘Yep it takes a lot of time — every day and every weekend,’’ he said.
What’s the attraction?
‘‘The power and the sound — definitely,’’ Ms Evans said.
For information, find SS Owners Club Victoria on Facebook.