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Vintage vehicles to set off across Australia

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Mayor Jack Dempsey with Jenny and Anne Marie Sorensen.

Members of the Bundaberg Vintage Vehicle Club will join a number of other car enthusiasts travelling across the country for the 2022 Brisbane to Broome Rally next week.

The vehicles depart Brisbane Sunday 17 July and plan to arrive in Broome on Thursday 11 August as part of the fundraiser event for the Royal Flying Doctor Service and The Blue Tree Project.

The Veteran Car Club of Queensland, in conjunction with the Heritage Motorcycle Club of Western Australia, will see 20 veteran motorcycles and 24 cars take part in the 4667km trip.

Bundaberg members are sending three cars and a motorcycle, with two of the vehicles owned and being driven by Jenny and Annie Sorenson.

The pre 1918 vehicles represent the earliest motoring history and are some of the oldest registered vehicles in Australia.

Jenny said she was looking forward to the challenge of taking their 1915 Saxon for the trip.

“For my husband and I, we have never done one of these very long rallies so it is an exciting time, especially to go from one side of Australia to the other in an old girl,” Jenny said.

“I am looking forward to the challenge, can I actually do it?

“I know sometimes it is going to be bitter cold, but I have plenty of warm gear and I will have two poodles with me the whole way too.”

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The Bundaberg Vintage Vehicle Club sending off members about to leave for Broome

Jenny said the car was already in a pretty good condition with only a few tweaks having been made recently to ensure she would get them across the country.

“She has gas headlights and they converted them into electric and she only has two gears, first and second and reverse,” she said.

“The car is pretty good; we have had a few little details done in the engine but I think the biggest thing is just being prepared with our clothing and food.

“I think the most frightening thing will be when the road trains go past, but hopefully they will be nice and kind to the old girls.”

The 26-day drive will be one of the longest distance veteran vehicle events ever undertaken and a real test for both machines and drivers.

The rally will raise money and awareness for the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the Blue Tree Project which is a collaborative initiative to raise mental health awareness and wellbeing in the country areas.

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