Historic cars’ great weekend

25-04-2020 by admin

The drivers and passengers, and indeed the 24 cars participating, had a great weekend in Cooma and on the Monaro over the weekend in the second running of Cooma Car Club’s Vintage & Classic Pre-1960s Car Rally.
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CLASSIC CARS: Cooma Car Club Life Member Keith Montague flags off Car Number 1, Bob and Jenny Dunk’s 1928 Chrysler 62 Series Roadster, at the weekend classic and vintage car rally in Cooma.

Saturday’s run was over 235 km to Bombala via Dalgety and returning to Cooma via the Monaro Highway. The run on Sunday was to Berridale and return.

VINTAGE RALLY: Best car of the Cooma Vintage and Classic car rally on the weekend was Kevin and Christine Boardman’s 1936 MG TA.

The drivers and participants were blessed with a brilliant sunny day on Saturday and a good day on Sunday, and there were a few adventures.

Dane and Nola Mackie from Camden collided with a kangaroo driving to Cooma on Saturday and suffered some damage, but were able to continue and complete the weekend after some minor repairs.

HILL CLIMB: Brendan Coote in Peugeot 205 GTi zipping through the chicane at a recent Mount Gladstone Hill Climb. Next hill climb is on Sunday.

Ian and Paula Richardson had a near miss with a deer on the Saturday in their MGA.

The cars were lined up at the Showground in Bombala for judging by the car owners themselves, and the best cars in the different categories were judged to be:

Taking out the best 1920-1929 car was Rod Greschke from Isaac in the ACT’s 1929 Dodge DA Sedan.

Mark Hewson from Woodlands won the best 1930-1939 car in his 1937 Buick Special.

Tuross Head’s Merv Roberts had the best1950-1959 car with his 1954 Holden FJ Ute with canopy.

Winning the Best Carof the 2016 rally was Kevin and Christine Boardman from Camden’s in his 1936 MG TA.

Peter and Candice Anderson of Cooma were awardedHighly commended overall with their1958 Austin Healey 100/6.

The visitors all enjoyed the Saturday night dinner in the Car Club Clubhouse on Saturday night including the music by Dave Wilkins which was judged to be just right, great to listen to but not intrusive.

In particular, and perhaps celebrating their class win, Mark Hewson and his three passengers in the Buick Special were observed to be having a particularly good time and failed to turn up for Sunday’s run.

The participants and cars came from far and wide, and the furthest travelled were Roger Rich and Barb Elton from Ballarat in the 1925 Oldsmobile which was the oldest car in the rally.

A special mention goes to the drivers and passengers of the four cars entered from the Razorback Crankhandle Association from Camden.

Mt Gladstone Hill ClimbEntries for next Sunday’s Mount Gladstone Hill Climb are open up to 5pm Saturday,May 21.

Entries in already include Brendan Coote in his Peugeot 205 GTi. Brendan has a fastest time of 42.19s which is outstanding for a small two wheel drive (2WD) hatch.

Another driver preparing for the event is Gareth Rees who had an impressive first outing in his Nissan Skyline at the last Mount Gladstone event (May 1) with a best time of 42.92s.

The hill climb will be run over the Car Club’s 1km track up Mount Gladstone Road off the Snowy Mountains Highway west of Cooma; and conducted under the rules and regulations of the Confederation of Australian Motor Sports (CAMS).

Vehicle Scrutiny is at the CMHAC Clubhouse,before events start at 9.30am.

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