Preview: RACV 80 Years’ Great Ocean Road Celebration Tour

2012 marks the 80th anniversary of the opening of the World’s longest War Memorial, The Great Ocean Road.

50 of the finest pre-war motor cars from across the country will converge on the road as part of a five-day celebration tour to mark the anniversary.

These include a 1924 Vauxhall 30/98 “Presentation car” which claims part of its fame to been the only purpose-built Grand Prix Thirsty.

Voitruette racing was also very popular in the early years, and at the 1908 French Grand Prix an Isotta Fraschini FENC Semi-racer took part. An  example of the remaining four survivors will take part in the tour.

A suitably rare, but mostly original 1921 Ballot 2LS Grand Prix three-seater (dickie-seat as a third) will also hit the road for the 80th celebrations which commence from Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance on Saturday 24 November.

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