Veteran motor expedition reaches city
Thursday, 29th March, 2012
Some very old motorcars arrived in the city yesterday afternoon to relive history.
The 1912 Centenary Expedition “Across Australia - Perth to Sydney” consists of 17 cars and 20 motorcycle, all of which are more than 100 years old.
Expedition director Bob Lamond said the journey, which started on March 17, was in honour of two men, Sid Ferguson and Francis Birtles, who first drove from Perth to Sydney in 1912 in a 1912 Brush.
It was the first west to east motor crossing of the continent.
“The first crossing caused people to think that motor cars can be used to travel long distances,” Mr Lamond said.
Under the authority of the Veteran Car Club of Australia (NSW), Australian and overseas veteran enthusiasts made preparations to drive or ride Veteran one or two cylinder cars and motorcycles 4,100 kilometres across Australia to honour the forgotten heroes of the first crossing.
Entrants are paying their own costs, but they are raising money for the McGrath Foundation and Prostate Cancer and each driver has a donation tin.
The expedition was in Peterborough on Tuesday before coming to Broken Hill where they will have a rest day today.
Today Mayor Wincen Cuy will see off the cars and bikes from the Musicians’ Club Car Park at 8am as the expedition heads to Wilcannia and then Cobar.
Mr Lamond, who owns a 1910 Brush, bought the car in 1981. He said he first went across Australia, from Perth to Sydney, in the Brush in 1992.
He also drove it from Darwin to Melbourne in 1996 and later around Australia.
“It’s a funny thing to think my one cylinder car could drive across Australia,” Mr Lamond said.
He said the trip has been fun so far despite catching the end of a cyclone and getting caught up in lots of rain.