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Convoy of classics

Wednesday, 23rd April, 2014

Torana owner and GTR and XU1 Owners Club of NSW secretary, Phil Walmsley with the group of Toranas that were in the city yesterday. Torana owner and GTR and XU1 Owners Club of NSW secretary, Phil Walmsley with the group of Toranas that were in the city yesterday.

By By Emily Roberts

A group of avid car lovers drove through the city yesterday after attending a National Car Rally.

The GTR and XU-1 Nationals were held in the Barossa Valley over the Easter long weekend.

A group of Holden Torana owners from the Hunter Valley and Sydney region decided to take a “scenic route” home from the car rally.

Torana owner and GTR and XU-1 Owners Club of NSW secretary, Phil Walmsley said eight cars had travelled together from two different car clubs.

“We wanted to see the sights of Australia, we stayed in Broken Hill overnight and went to Silverton to have a look at the Mad Max museum,” Phil said.

“We also went to the Mundi Mundi Plains lookout.

“We are two groups travelling together, we have people from the Hunter Valley Car Club and people from the GTR/XU-1 car owners club (from the Sydney region).”

Phil said the nationals were held sporadically.

“The last one was held two years ago at Bathurst, we’re not sure when the next one is,” he said.

“We all entered our cars, there were about 65 entered into the rally.”

The Holden Toranas feature models from 1969 to 1973.

“Some have been bought as they are and some have been worked on,” Phil said.

Phil said travelling has been a great opportunity.

“We’re travelling as a group and we are all passionate about cars,” he said.

“I had some mechanical problems and everyone was able to help.

“We are all able to offer something. Everyone is happy to help.”

The group expect to be home sometime today.

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