Vintage cars hit 100km of dirt road
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.