On the road to fun mo­tor rally

The Riverine Herald - - ECHUCA MOAMA AUTO -

IF YOU hap­pen to see a num­ber of clas­sic cars me­an­der­ing some­what aim­lessly around the re­gion’s roads this week­end, there is a rea­son­able ex­pla­na­tion for it.

The sec­ond an­nual Moama His­toric Car Club Rally is on Sun­day and about 30 cars are ex­pected to take part.

Cars from the 1950s through to mod­ern ve­hi­cles and ev­ery­thing from MGs, Mor­ris Mi­nors and Jaguars to Mus­tangs, Hold­ens and Fords will be on the rally.

Evan Cat­low, one of the rally’s or­gan­is­ers, said the day was all about fun and laughs.

‘‘It’s about en­ter­tain­ment and get­ting peo­ple to use their older ve­hi­cles,’’ he said.

‘‘We’re not strict on peo­ple us­ing old cars but we do pre­fer it. ‘‘We’re hop­ing to build it up so next year is a re­ally big event.’’

Last year’s inau­gu­ral rally at­tracted 18 cars which amounted to about 45 peo­ple.

‘‘With two or more peo­ple in a car, the 26 to 30 cars this year means there will be about 60-odd peo­ple,’’ Mr Cat­low said.

Par­tic­i­pants will start the rally at the silo art fea­ture in Rochester at 8.15am and then fol­low a se­ries of clues to move on to the next check­point.

The three or­gan­is­ers are the only ones who know the route of Sun­day’s rally and are keen to keep clues close to the chest and not give too much away ahead of the rally.

‘‘We’ve changed it up a lit­tle from last year,’’ Mr Cat­low said.

‘‘Although we had less cars last year ev­ery­body had a great time.’’

The cost of en­try is $25 per ve­hi­cle and peo­ple need to bring a full tank of fuel as well as a num­ber of other as­sorted in­trigu­ing items in­clud­ing a com­pass, a box of matches, two pens, a spark plug, plas­tic bag and an um­brella. Each car must have a min­i­mum of one driver and one nav­i­ga­tor and or­gan­is­ers are promis­ing more sur­prises, more lost ve­hi­cles, more cryptic clues and more laughs.

There will be prizes handed out at the end of the rally which is ex­pected around 3pm.

Any­one still in­ter­ested in join­ing the rally should no­tify or­gan­is­ers so enough packs are made up for en­trants.

For in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Mr Cat­low on 0429 895 110 or Kate Dixon on 0400 354 859.

ALL REVVED UP: Echuca and District His­toric Ve­hi­cle Club com­mit­tee for 2018-19. Stand­ing (l-r) are Bruce Ewing, Brian Wills, Ge­off Sug­gate, Rob Mitchell (Capt), Val Cosway, Rod Cole, Gor­don John­son, and Herb Cosway. Seated are Peter Dunlop (sec­re­tary), Barry Hig­gins (pres­i­dent) and Joy Mitchell (trea­surer).

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