Vin­tage cars hit 100km of dirt road

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

TEAR­ING UP nearly 100km of dirt road over the week­end in cars with a com­bined age of over 200 years, the Whit­sun­day Au­to­mo­tive and Restora­tion Club com­pleted another suc­cess­ful Gun­yarra run on Sun­day.

The an­nual run starts at the Gun­yarra turnoff from the Bruce High­way and winds its way along the base of the Clarke Range be­fore con­clud­ing at Peter Faust Dam.

A Landrover Se­ries 2, a Sec­ond World War Jeep, a 1927 Chevro­let and a 1956 Arm­strong Sid­de­ley fea­tured in the run, which drew eight cars and 17 peo­ple in to­tal.

The rest of the con­voy was filled by mod­ern cars and a motorcycle.

Pres­i­dent of the Whit­sun­day Au­to­mo­tive and Restora­tion Club Jim Ros­setti said the 100km round trip was “pretty good.”

“It was just a good run to drive the old cars out of traf­fic. It changes ev­ery year of course, whether you’ve had rain or not,” he said.

Mr Ros­setti said a cou­ple of creek cross­ings were tricky, with two cars get­ting bogged in the sand and re­quir­ing tow- ing. Ruth Davey, who took part in the run with her hus­band Richard in their beau­ti­fully re­stored 1927 Chevro­let, said the trip was “mar­vel­lous.”

“We’ve been do­ing it for about eight years now, ev­ery year about this time be­fore the rain starts,” she said.

“It’s good to take the 1927 Chevro­let through roads and ar­eas that used to be around when those cars were new.

“Plus we all have a lot of fun; the ca­ma­raderie with all the club mem­bers, es­pe­cially if some­one gets bogged. That makes it a bit more in­ter­est­ing.”

ON THE RUN: Peter Olivetta crosses the An­dro­mache River in his World War II era Jeep, fol­lowed closely by Jim and Dawn Ros­setti in their 1956 Arm­strong Sid­de­ley and Richard and Ruth Davey in their 1927 Chevro­let.

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