It’s too late to run for cover now – The Veterans are nearly here!
About 130 cars and motorbikes all built before 1919 will soon start arriving in Clare for the 2017 National Veteran Vehicle Rally starting on Sunday, September 24.
Rally Organiser, Peter Templer, says the vehicles will be coming in from all directions, and all states, for the biggest gathering of veteran vehicles seen in South Australia in nearly a decade.
“This is motoring history at its finest and rarest with some of these cars and motorbikes almost the last survivors of their makes left in the world,” Mr Templer said.
“Despite their age and rarity these are not museum exhibits but “living and breathing” examples of the “dinosaurs” of the motor age still on the roads performing as they were designed to do over 100 years ago.
“I urge all people to take the time to look at these vehicles, speak to the owners and drivers and join with us as we celebrate and marvel at the evolution of the motor vehicle.”
Mr Templer said the highlight would be the Veteran Gas Light Parade starting at 6.30pm on Wednesday, September 27.
“All entrants will gather at the Clare Oval at 3.30pm on that day for a mass public display after which they will get out the matches and light the lights as century old vehicles with their various forms of antique lighting operating tour the main street of Clare.” he said.
“There are very few places in Australia where this sort of event can be staged so do not miss the opportunity to “time travel” in the main street of Clare.”
For further information on the rally please contact: Peter Templer on 0417 081 502 or visit the Veteran Car Club of SA website: vccsa.org.au
Sunday, September 24, Entrants arrive throughout the day and register at Rally Central (Clare Oval).
3pm Mayoral welcome reception for entrants only at Town Hall. Entrants to be parked in vicinity of Town Hall.
Monday, September 25, Entrants free to tour the Valley ahead of a lunch time run leaving the Oval at midday travelling to Bungaree Station for an entrant only lunch and tour. Returning to Clare from 3pm.
Tuesday, September 26, Entrants gather at Rally Central in the morning ahead of a run to Snowtown via Blyth. After morning tea on Snowtown Oval, the rally will diverge with some entrants heading to Kadina’s Farm Shed Museum and the others to Annie’s Lane.
Entrants will stay at both venues with an entrant only lunch (only at Annie’s Lane) before returning to Clare later in the afternoon.
Wednesday, September 27, Entrants gather at Rally Central in the morning before heading to the Balaklava High School Oval via Blyth. Vehicles will be on display at the school while entrants have morning tea. The vehicles then drive to Martindale Hall via Auburn for an entrant only lunch before returning to Clare.
At 3.30pm all entrants gather at Rally Central for a mass public display ahead of the highlight of the Rally: The Veteran Gas Light Parade starting at 6.30pm.
This rare spectacle will allow people to see century old vehicles with their various forms of antique lighting operating as they tour the main street of Clare. Not to be missed!
Thursday, September 28, Entrants gather at Rally Central in the morning before heading to Anlaby Station via Manoora and Saddleworth for an entrant only tour returning to Clare by the same route mid-afternoon.
Friday, September 29, Entrants gather at Rally Central in the morning then it’s off to Burra via Farrell Flat. In Burra the entrants will undertake self-guided tours of the area before returning to Clare by the same route in the afternoon.
Saturday, September 30, There will be one last chance to see the entrants before the Rally ends at the Farewell Breakfast at the Clare Showgrounds starting at 8am.