On the 6th of December 1981 , a gathering of enthusiastic P76 owners took place in Parramatta Park in N.S.W. From the discussion at the gathering the decision to form a club was made and a committee was formed to co-ordinate development . This group then proceeded to formulate the aims of the club .
During these deliberations it was discovered that a similar movement was taking place in Adelaide. Contact was made with this group and the two clubs collaborated to establish a national constitution. Several outings were then planned to publicize the formation of the I.E. club and to encourage further membership. A club magazine was established with a view to publicizing further activities and also to provide a forum for the dissemination of relevant technical and general information.
A meeting was held in Melbourne on Sunday 3rd April 1983 to consider the formation of a Victorian branch of the Leyland P76 Owners Club of Australia , members of both the N.S.W and S.A clubs attended . An interim committee was formed to advertise the creation of a club , find a intial location and to make all the necessary arrangements to get the Victorian Leyland P76 club launched .
The first official meeting was held in "Jell's Park" in Melbourne on the 19th June 1983 , 44 P76 cars attended . Presented with brilliant weather , this formation meeting became part social barbecue , part meeting and lasted for most of the day . The interim chairperson was Phil Barker and apologies were recorded for Chris and Simon Waller , George Truscott and Mike Bull . Initial discussions included a ABC documentary to be filmed , correspondence with the Sydney P76 club , car stickers , t-shirts and finished with the membership fees being set at $10.oo to join with a annual fee of $20.oo. 14 people stood for the original committee positions and they are recorded as : John O'Neil , Eric Waller , Geoff White , Davic White , Bob Maskiel , Stan Ozelis , Rick Perceval , Mike Chadwick , Jack Jefferies , Val Jefferies , George Kanicki , Phill Barker , Michael Brown and Alf Shepard , with all 7 committee positions being filled .
All Positions were unopposed and accepted by the nominees . The first newsletter was published in December 1983 .
From such humble beginnings our club has progressed for over 21 years , supporting its members and one of Australia's most significant cars