The Clare Valley is set to be invaded by a large group of colourful, cantankerous and extraordinary centenarians when the 2017 National Veteran Vehicle Rally chugs into town on Thursday, September 28.
More than 130 cars and motorcycles ranging from 1902 to 1918 will spend six nights in Clare using the town as a base for a series of day-long rallies throughout the region, including northern parts of the Barossa Valley.
The vehicles are all headed for Anlaby Station for an entrant only lunch and tour and will travel to Anlaby and return through the towns of Mintaro, Manoora, Saddleworth and Marrabel.
Rally organiser Peter Templer said the cars were coming from all over Australia for this event, with the eldest a sprightly 115 years old.
“The people of the Barossa are in for a real treat and will have the chance to see cars and motorbikes on the road that in many other places in the world are confined to museums,” Peter said.
“With rallies of this size and type only staged in SA approximately once every 10 years the chance to see such a large gathering of motoring history should not be missed.
“Take the time if they can to pop along to see such a large number of ancient cars and motorbikes still performing as they were built to do a century ago.”
Peter said the rally entrants were especially excited about visiting this part of SA.
“This region offers everything veteran vehicle people could ever want; good weather, good food, good accommodation, good roads, good scenery and great wine and great people!”