Who are we?

Formed in 2005, Baw Baw Old Engine & Auto Club draws collectors, restorers & enthusiasts with a broad range of interests from a wide area. Based in West Gippsland, Victoria, we have developed our own club grounds at Darnum, near the regional town of Warragul in the Baw Baw Shire. Known as the "Darnum Historical Complex", this 6 hectare site currently includes a large building used for storage, social functions and restoration projects. The surrounds are being landscaped and developed to include a loading ramp, display compounds and a tractor pull track. Our members' interests include historic tractors, motor cars, stationary engines, farming equipment, trucks, motorcycles, steam engines, even vintage aircraft engines. Members regularly attend rallies, shows & display days. We arrange various other social club runs and activities such as car tours, engine days and tractor treks. We are registered with VicRoads for administration of the Club Permit Scheme within our club. To apply for Club Permit Registration through this club please see note below.

*Please note, permit applications will only be accepted by those who have been a club member for a minimum of 6 months. Modified vehicles will be assessed on a case by case basis and may not be approved by this club for club permit registration. We only issue "H" registrations, not "M" at this stage. Any variation from original or true-to-era upgrades may require an engineer's report. All vehicles (except tractors) manufactured after Dec. 31st 1948 require a roadworthy certificate for Club Permit. Prior to this date vehicles (and tractors) need only to have a scrutineering check which can be arranged for a cost through this club. All applicants must also provide dated hard copy photos of their vehicle as per Vicroads requirements, along with proof of ownership. Applicants should supply their own forms (available from VicRoads) and have them accurately filled in with their personal and vehicle details prior to having the form signed by a club officer. Where possible, engine & chassis numbers must be clearly visible.      

Due to there being no club meetings currently, all permit renewals must be mailed to Rod or Lorraine and include a stamped self-addressed envelope.  To maintain the greatest safety for our signatories, you must not present to their addresses.

Permit application forms will not be signed unless accompanied by a roadworthy certificate or scrutineering form, as required. Permit renewals must be accompanied by a photocopy of the signed renewal form which is forwarded to the CPS secretary.  Please forward all enquiries to 

<[email protected]>

We are affiliated with the Victorian Federation of Veteran, Vintage & Classic Vehicle Clubs as well as the National Historic Machinery Association. Click on their logos below to visit their websites.

All machinery activities are run under N.H.M.A. guidelines with all exhibitors requiring appropriate public liability insurance.

Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month, except January, at the Darnum Historical Complex at 7.30 pm during eastern standard time & 8.00 pm during daylight savings time.

"DARNUM HISTORICAL COMPLEX" is located at Pedder Street, Darnum

Why the name?

"Baw Baw" because we are located within the Baw Baw Shire at the foothills of Mount Baw Baw, Victoria's closest ski resort to Melbourne. "Old Engine & Auto" because, although primarily started as a historic machinery club, we also embrace the vintage motoring movement and include a wide variety of historic motor vehicles.