Last Sunday we had our annual "London to Brighton Down Under" Rally for vehicles made prior to 1919. It is a bucket load of fun going from London Road, Mile End to the sea side suburb of Brighton all in the Adelaide metropolitan area. The whole trip is only about 15 miles or so, but between 40-50 entrants participate every year.
This year the pilot car was a 1901 "Vis-a-vis" De Dion Bouton. Sadly it broke down at the start and failed to complete the run. 8 Ford 'T's dispersed themselves amongst the many other makes adding a touch class and reality!
Here are a few photos.
Here is #81788 with an Australian built 1915 4hp Lennox motorcycle. The Lennox was built in Lennox Street, Richmond in Melbourne. The engine was also built by the maker. It is a rare sole survivor of the marque.
Here is an unusual 1912 Argyll sold by Duncan & Fraser, also agents for Ford.
I am not a Dodge fa, but this 1916 roadster is beautiful. It was restored from a complete car and has been around for quite a while. What is unusual for us is this is only a year before we lose the US Budd body and the more pretty locally Adelaide made Holden body replaces it nationally due to our embargo of August 1917.
Here are a couple of 1913's straight from the national rally last month. Here is #178294
And the beautiful Saxby #C3650 car. This is a lovely car indeed.
Here are a couple of more model 'T's. This is #358746 that has been imported from the US. This car was a background car in the film "The Great Gatsby" where they broke the crankshaft. The new owner shave rectified both the crankshaft and the steering fault; it is now RHD!!!
Also a beautifully restored 1915 #C31413. This car was found in Mount Torrens - Birdwood area and was a founding car for the Birdwood Mill Museum, now the Australian National Motor Museum at Birdwood.
Beautiful photos David. I'll post pics on the Veterans tour next week.
I think I've seen quite a few unpainted aluminum hoods (bonnets) in pics from down under. Is it a fashion among restorers there or were some cars delivered with unpainted alu?
Should be painted as per the factory. However, I have seen a couple of original bonnets not painted. We think this was done at the time by the local distributor.
I was talking Ford, other makes I have no idea. the Prince Henry Vauxhall is a rare and beautiful car too.
I thought that was what that was!
Thanks for sharing the photos.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2