Bundaberg to host Australia’s largest veteran car event

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 The 2019 National Veteran Vehicle Rally will feature a range of events when t comes to Bundaberg in September.
The 2019 National Veteran Vehicle Rally will feature a range of events when it comes to Bundaberg in September.

History will repeat itself in September when the Bundaberg Region hosts the 2019 National Veteran Vehicle Rally, Australia’s most prestigious historic vehicle event.

The rally will feature more than 130 cars from the early 1900s, motorcycles, steam engines and a concourse of people in period costumes when it travels through the region over seven days.

Event organiser Marc Obrowski said all vehicles were over 100 years old.

“The cars, motorcycles and even a high-wheel bicycle come from all over Australia, from New Zealand, UK and the USA,” he said.

“Among them are some real gems are from our region, like the second ever car registered in Bundaberg, a De Dion Bouton that once belonged to Bert Hinkler’s sister.

“Or the steam-driven locomobile which last year won Regent Street Motor Show Concours d’Élégance in London.”

Over 130 cars from the early 1900s will come to Bundaberg for the rally.
Over 130 cars from the early 1900s will come to Bundaberg for the rally.

2019 National Veteran Vehicle Rally events

Marc said the 2019 National Veteran Vehicle Rally would tour the region from 17 to 23 September during four large public events.

“The evening of Thursday, 19 September will see the glow of their gas and kerosene lamps lighting up the CBD as the rally forms a procession up and down Bourbong Street,” Marc said.

“On Sunday, 22 September there will be a free picnic with the cars at the Botanic Gardens.

“Watch the steam cars competing with the steam train for attention.

“You are welcome to have go at dressing up old-style and you may even win a prize at the open-for-all Edwardian fashion show.”

On Saturday 21 September, Marc said the Moore Park Beach Business Collective would run its free Car Rally Festival, where the veteran cars would make their appearance.

Veteran cars on their way to Bundaberg.
Veteran cars on their way to Bundaberg.

“Other highlights include later historic cars (1920s to 1970s), live music, dance, food and drinks and a laser light show in the evening,” he said.

On Sunday the 22 September the Moncrieff Theatre will hold a charity film gala, screening Genevieve.

“This 1953 British comedy won a BAFTA and a Golden Globe but it became even more famous for starting the historic car movement,” Marc said.

“The gala includes canapés and a static vehicle display outside.

“This is a rare chance to see this captivating cult film on the big screen. Proceeds from ticket sales go to the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation.”

To keep up to date with 2019 National Veteran Vehicle Rally news, go to the Facebook page here.

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