Mobil Motorcars and Memorabilia event marks 70 years of Altona refinery

Car enthusiasts, history-buffs, petrol-heads and the community, all came out to enjoy the Mobil Motorcars and Memorabilia day on 16 November 2019, part of Altona refinery’s 70th anniversary celebrations.

The unseasonably cold weather did little to dampen spirits as locals shared their motoring pride and joy with the community at Logan Reserve in Altona.

V8 Supercar driver Scott Pye was on-hand to meet fans and sign posters, and race-fans had the chance to get up-close and personal with a real V8 Supercar with the Walkinshaw Andretti race team car and transporter also on display.

At an intimate function to launch the event, held in the Louis Joel Arts and Community Centre, Altona refinery Manager, Riccardo Cavallo, said the refinery was proud of its ongoing support for local jobs and the economy, and its important role in manufacturing half of Victoria’s fuel needs from Altona.

“Every person working at Altona refinery, past and present, is proud of the role we play in fuelling Victoria. 

“But they are even more proud of the contribution that we make to the local community and the state, as we continue working to fuel Victoria for the long haul,” said Riccardo.

Mayor of Hobsons Bay, Councillor Colleen Gates, congratulated the refinery on reaching 70 years, acknowledging the important role of the refinery in Hobsons Bay.

“The Mobil Altona refinery has always provided strong local leadership around innovation, safety, sustainability and community engagement. I am sure this will continue into the future, as they evolve to meet community needs,” said Cr Gates.

The day was made possible with help from members of the Hobsons Bay Men’s Shed, who graciously volunteered to direct cars and keep everyone safe on the day, and the team at Louis Joel Arts and Community Centre, who are hosting an ongoing exhibition of memorabilia, which is on display until 21 November.