A PASSION FOR PRESERVATION,
The Victoria Branch of the Rolls-Royce Owners' Club of Australia was formed in 1957 for owners and those interested in Rolls-Royce motorcars manufactured from 1904 and Bentley motor cars manufactured after 1931. The aim of the Club is to encourage the preservation, restoration and enjoyment of Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars.
The Rolls-Royce Owners' Club of Australia (Victoria Branch) originated in the mid 1950's when a number of factors fell into line. Walter Vears had been photographing every Rolls-Royce that he saw for years. Eventually Wally had an idea. Getting together with all of the owners, sharing enthusiasm, interest and experiences. Eventually on the forth of March 1957, Wally sent an invitation (typed by Mrs. Vears) to 27 people he had met or heard of since.15 owners and 6 cars duly met at his house in Highett to discuss the motorcars and the formation of a Club. A second meeting was held on the 28th April 1957, office-bearers were elected, and the Rolls-Royce Owners Club (Victoria Branch) was underway.
As has often been the way, Victoria came after the New South Wales Branch. Rolls-Royce Owners Club (NSW Branch) had been established in Sydney a year earlier in 1956 by a similar combination of circumstances. South Australia followed in 1958, Western Australia in 1965 , Queensland in 1969, Australian Capital Territory in 1982 and Northern Territory 1994 as a sub Branch of WA, and Tasmania in 1995 as a sub Branch of Victoria. Branch rivalry has always been robust and highly competitive, great friendships have formed and endured over many years. Membership of each Branch has grown steadily over the years we meet regularly and organise motoring related events.
Annually on a rotating basis, each state Branch hosts a Federal Rally open to every Club member which many travel vast distances to attend, year after year. More recently, the Federal Rally has been in Toowoomba in Queensland, Bendigo in Victoria, Canberra in the ACT and Clare in SA. The Club caters for all Rolls-Royce and Bentley motorcars and welcomes enthusiasts with an interest for these cars.