2013 M2M Rally
The Gippsland Vehicle Collection conducted the Fifth Melbourne to Maffra Rally

On Saturday 12th of October the Bi annual Melbourne to Maffra Rally was flagged off by Daryl Meeks from the RACV and Fiona Lane. The entrants departed Berwick with fine weather and a tail wind for the scenic run to Maffra on sealed off highway country roads.

The 48 entries had vehicles including a 1929 Oldsmobile. Many sports cars from the Sunbeam Alpine club, Cortina, Jaguars, MGBs, BMW, Mercedes, Fords, VW, Pontiac, Cadillac, Citron, Torana, Triumph, a very nice Ace Sports car, Zimmer Golden Spirit and a Morris Commercial Truck. Not to be outdone some entrants rode Classic Yamaha, Honda & Harley Davidson motor cycles which added to the overall spectacle.

A couple of entrants did not make the start for various reasons and others caught up at lunch time.

The rest headed off through Pakenham, crossed the Highway to Nar Nar Goon and followed the railway line to Drouin. Some stopped off to have morning tea at the little café’s along the way.

Passengers were also looking out for answers to the questions on the Rally quiz sheet whilst the drivers concentrated on where to turn. Some who decided to simply "follow the leader" missed the corner to Willow Grove and followed the leader up to Mt Baw Baw.

Entrants checked out the points of interest along the way by visiting the Trestle bridge or the waterfalls, whilst others visited the Blue Rock dam and Rawson Township.

The participants arrived at Glengarry for lunch where there was time for stories to be told and perhaps exaggerated slightly. The general comment however was on how green the countryside was and the picturesque scenery they had passed along the way.

Unfortunately the Austin arrived on the back up trailer and the RACV had to be called to get a Sunbeam going.

After lunch it was onto Toongabbie, Seaton and into Glenmaggie, again looking for the answers to the Quiz sheet questions.

The final leg saw the entrants make their way into Maffra for afternoon tea at “The Maffra Shed” and a look at the very impressive display of Continental vehicles.

The dinner at the Memorial Hall was excellent with Maffra’s Own Rusty Rockers suppling the music for the night.

Ron Kent in his 1951 Sunbeam was awarded the RACV award for his effort in completing the Rally after having a shoulder reconstruction the week before. During the rally his car burnt out some of the electrical system which was able to be partially fixed by the RACV man. Notwithstanding all of this he still made it to the finish. To complete his run of bad luck he then he had a puncture the next morning.

The Passenger Quiz was won by Kathy Malcolm travelling in a Citron 2CV.

Next morning a hearty breakfast at The Maffra Shed before the start of the Maffra Federation Picnic.

The Vic Racing Club arrived at 9.00 am with the 2013 Emirates Melbourne Cup and gave a very impressive talk on Horse racing, the Emirates Melbourne Cup and the big race.

(Story and Photos supplied by Ian Kennedy, G.V.C.)

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