Queensland Chapter of the VVMC was first formed in 1990 there were only 7
members who, apart from the organised rides would meet each Friday night at
a pub somewhere for social drinks. Over the years, as the club grew the need
for a more permanent base became apparent. The idea of a clubhouse of their
own began to appear.
The first 'clubhouse' in early 1995 was above a gunshop in Logan Rd,
Wooloongabba. It was a fairly spartan affair utilising what had been
someone's old flat with a couple of rooms. Unfortunately, bike parking was
at a premium and the gunshop was moving so the clubhouse basically moved
with it. The new home was at Juliette St, Stones Corner, this time in the
yard of the gunshop, using an old caravan bought for $200 as a makeshift
refreshment area. While it was an improvement on the old premises it still
meant club members and their guests had to virtually socialize on the street
and the size of the place did not lend itself to holding functions of any
sort. This meant that any fundraising for club or charity purposes were
either non existent or held at rented venues which only served to make the
owners of those venues just that much richer.
Then in December of 1995 there came a major break- through. In that year the
Chapter took over the lease of the old God Squad club premises in Persse Rd.
Runcorn. There was a garage size shed and a great big marquee set in 3 acres
of useable land in a semi-rural situation.
Over the next 7 years the land and buildings were transformed and improved
to the extent that we had an excellent site to have parties, functions and
shows. It was also big enough for our out of town members and guests to be
able to pitch their tent or chuck their swag down in reasonably secure and
comfortable conditions. The 7 year honeymoon came to an end though, with a
change of ownership and rent rises, plus encroaching suburbia.
But, once again, fortune smiled and 10 acres of grass, bush and swampy creek
came up for sale in Kingston, only a few clicks away from Persse Road. The
Chapter made the decision and opted to buy the property thereby getting rid
of the landlord albatross forever.
It was intended that the old premises be dismantled starting on 2nd April,
2002 and the goods and chattels shifted to the new site over a week or so.
We didn't count on the enthusiasm of the members, though, because the shift
took only two days, with the bulk being done on the first day. Finally, 12
years of memorabilia and paraphernalia was shifted to its permanent home.
Having taken part in all the other shifts, I can tell you I, personally, was
one happy duck to see the end of it. The lantana and scrub down the near the
creek has been cleared giving us more usable land and the cottage and club
area are being renovated.
The property is located at 132 Meakin Road, Kingston and is situated in the
cul-de-sac end off Queens Road. We are the last property on the right
nestled behind some lovely industrial units. Not having suburbia surrounding
us is a plus - for us and the neighbours. We can crank up the stereo as loud
as we like without fear of complaint We will be holding our regular days
such as Anzac Day and Vietnam Veterans' Day here as well as some more biker
orientated shows namely the Bike Trike and Hotrod Show in March and Tattoo
Show in October each year. We look forward to seeing you there.
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