Rally puts history on wheels

Free ride: Five couples will be transported to Mornington Racecourse in this classic bus as part of this year’s RACV Great Australian Rally (details below).

HISTORY will be back on the road next month (Sunday 5 February) as more than 1000 classic cars make their way to Mornington in the RACV Great Australian Rally.

Cars will leave for Mornington from Hastings and Brighton.

The cars will be on public display at Mornington racecourse from 10am, the centrepiece of the day’s attractions which include children’s activities, food and market stalls and a display of historic, classic and exotic vehicles.

The origins of the rally go back to 1992 and the first Great Australian Rally started from Melbourne and finished at Cape Schanck. Over the years the event has evolved into one of the largest classic vehicle events in Australia.

The RACV took over sponsorship of the rally in 1999, and in 2001 Mornington Racecourse was chosen by the organising committee of the All British Classics Car Club as the finishing location for the public display of participating vehicles.

This year’s rally will see the inaugural Brighton to Mornington Rally, with vehicles leaving Park St, Brighton, at 9am for the trip to Mornington where they will be join the public display.

The veteran cars will be followed by the classic Ventura bus carrying five couples who will be given VIP status at the rally, including a tour of the display, plus lunch and drinks in the racecourse dining room.

For a chance to win a ride on the bus send your name and email address to colin@abccc.com.au. Winners will be notified by 1 February 2017.

Mornington Racecourse will open to the public from 10am to 4pm. Food and wine will be available, along with other attractions. Adults $10; children under 14 are free. Entry fees are donated to Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre for cancer research.

Details www.greataustralianrally.com.au

First published in the Mornington News – 10 January 2017