Keen interest in national veteran car rally

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Members of the Veteran Car Club of Australia announce the National Veteran Vehicle Rally will be held in Bundaberg in 2019.

It will be a return to an era of motoring charm, grace and elegance when Bundaberg hosts the 2019 National Veteran Vehicle Rally in September.

Preparations are well underway for the event which is expect to attract 150 vehicles – all 100 years or older – with visitor numbers predicted to be upwards of 400.

Mayor Jack Dempsey said it was exciting to see the event taking shape and he applauded local members of the Veteran Car Clubs of Australia for the effort and initiative they were contributing to the event.

“Council is delighted to partner in this rally which will allow us to showcase the Bundaberg Region to participants across the 12 days the event is conducted.

“This really is a feather in the cap of local veteran car club members to bring a prestigious event of this calibre to the Bundaberg Region,” said the Mayor.

Cavalcade of priceless vehicles

Roads and drainage portfolio spokesman Cr Wayne Honor said the rally, to be held in September, would provide a cavalcade of priceless vehicles that would be in constant motion around the region.

“Adding to the flavour of the event will be the many car club members who dress to reflect the theme of the rally, Edwardian Sports and Leisure,” he said.

“Bundaberg has a very strong veteran car club and our region is home to some beautifully restored vehicles. One I feel sure that will be on show is a car previously owned by Queenie Palm, sister to our famed pioneer aviator Bert Hinkler.

“Hinkler’s restored Armstrong Siddeley, although not falling into the 100 year old category, is sure to be a point of interest with veteran car club enthusiasts.

“Locals will have plenty of opportunities to see the vehicles with several public rally events planned.

“These include a Gas Light Parade, Picnic with the Cars at the Botanic Gardens and even a film afternoon featuring the motoring classic Genevieve.

“The rally will be based at Nielson Park, Bargara with vehicles heading out each day on 80 to 110km trips and visiting schools, and retirement homes and simply enjoying the magnificent diversity of our scenery.”

Anyone wanting to know more about the rally can contact the event coordinators at [email protected]