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.