N17 – In Repcospect Transport
|Distance||Time allowed||First car due||Map|
|310.7 km||4 hours 40 minutes||Depart Albury 7.00 am Sunday
Hold at BP Aberfeldie at Essendon
Arrive Melbourne Showground 12.00 midday
The podium, left to tight: Ferguson, Brock (behind), Bell, Philip (obscured), Boddy, Richards
(Photo courtesy Ray Berghouse, Chevron Publishing)
The cars started departing the Albury Showgrounds at minute intervals from 7 am on Sunday morning for the transport down to Melbourne. Whilst this was all “ceremonial”, it had to be completed and vehicles had to be roadworthy, as police were out and about in force. This must have been just a little bit of a challenge for Portman’s Stanza which looked ready to go to the wreckers.
Cars made their way to BP Aberfeldie in Buckley Street, Essendon where they were assembled for a convoy to the Melbourne Showgrounds, arriving at 12 midday Sunday August 19th. There was a huge crowd. The thirteen cars that had visited all controls were paraded into the arena in reverse sequence, and subsequently after the three winning Commodores had circled in convoy, the remaining finishers were allowed to enter. As Bill Tuckey put it in An old dog for a hard road, You felt like crying out: “But you don’t understand! You don’t know what it was like!"
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