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Updated on
15 January 2017.

RACV Great Australian Rally 2012

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Rallying For A Cure

This year we achieved an excellent display of eight-hundred-plus vehicles at Mornington Racecourse, on a perfect summer’s day. The start at the Westernport Marina at Hastings was certainly more popular this time around. For this year’s event, thanks are due to the Fairfax Community Newspaper Group for providing valuable publicity for the Rally, that certainly worked.

As a part of the promotion for the event, we were able to run a competition for a ride in an early Vintage Ventura bus (Charabanc) to The Vintage Ventura bus the Mornington display area. The competition was over-subscribed and some consolation prizes were given to those who didn’t quite make it to the actual bus ride.

Right: The Vintage Ventura bus. Photo: Craig Douglas.

There were reports that the public carpark at the racecourse was full. This indicates the size of the crowd that the RACV Great Australian Rally attracted. In a special display area, there was a mouth-watering array of Veteran and Vintage motor vehicles. A favourite for the writer was a Vintage Sunbeam. There is something about the style and architecture of those Sunbeams that attracts.

Craig Bennett receiving the ABCCC’s donation

Left: Craig Bennett (CEO Peter Mac) receiving the ABCCC’s donation.
This year’s RACV Great Australian Rally’s success was the result of a considerable amount of work put in by the Rally Advisory Committee. The success was such that we managed to raise $60,000 to hand over to our friends at Peter Mac Cancer Institute. This was done at a ceremony at the RACV Club on 5th March. Present in the photograph above are, left to right, Colin Brown (ABCCC, Rally Organiser), Craig Bennett (Peter Mac CEO), Tony Pettigrew (ABCCC President) and Professor Peter Chandler (President and Chairman of the RACV Board). Also present for this most auspicious occasion were Ron Pittard (Fairfax), Colin Moss (Fairfax), Brian Kelly (RACV), Gordon Oakley (RACV General Manager - Motoring and Mobility), Professor Lester Peters (Peter Mac), from the ABCCC were - Pat Douglas, Ray Higginson, Don Kinsey, Peter McKiernan, Nello Mafodda and Mike Allfrey.

Our achievement in raising such a sum on a one day event is something for which those club members who provided assistance on the day must be heartily thanked. In fact a grateful thank you goes to everyone who pitched in to make our result so notable.

Mike Allfrey - Hastings Start

See photos taken by Mike Allfrey at Flickr.com

The 2012 Rally Awards Results were as follows:

Best Veteran
(To 1918)
Alan Lethborg 503 - 1909 Renault Roadster
Best Vintage
(1919 to 1929)
Mark Apterman  14 - 1930 Ford A Coupe
Best Early Classic
(1930 to 1940)
Dom Dimattina  34 - 1938 Jaguar SS100
Best Late Classic
(1941 to 1981)
Valda & Ray Daggers  85 - 1955 Holden FJ
Best Commercial Vehicle Gerry Mc Guigan 660 - 1982 Chevrolet El Camino Ute
Best Motorcycle Robin Turner 637 - 1969 Norton Commando ‘S’
Penrite Oils Trophy
(Best Cared For Vehicle)
Rod Grummitt 677 - 1955 FJ Holden Utility
Fairfax Community Newspaper Group
(Best Club Display)
Veteran Car Club of Australia
(Included with this award - the car selected by the Veteran Car Club of Australia (Vic) will be on display in the foyer at the RACV City Club, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne)

The Costume Judging results are available as a separate file.


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