Tony Pettigrew (left) with his 1950 Lagonda DHC and Brian Kelly with his 1955 FJ Holden RACV heritage patrol van. MOTORING enthusiasts didn’t know where to look on the weekend with more than 200 classic cars hitting the south-west.
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As part of the 11th Anniversary RACV Fly the Flag Tour, drivers are crossing western Victoria on a seven-day pilgrimage to more than a dozen country towns, following in the wheel tracks of the first rally held by the RACV’s founders in 1904.

More than 200 veteran, vintage, classic and modern classic vehicles, with a combined value of more than $10 million, arrived in Warrnambool on Saturday, leaving yesterday morning and visiting heritage homesteads along the way.

RACV motoring interests manager Brian Kelly said the group had enjoyed its south-west stay, which included a hub run through Peterborough and Timboon.

“You can name any car and it’s here — Rolls Royce, Mini Minor, Chevrolet, Triumph,” Mr Kelly said.

“Probably 80 per cent of us are retired and the others take the whole week off.

“They’re so attached to their cars and this is an opportunity to take them out and show them off.”

He said the 1268km tour revisited Western District pastoral properties which were part of the first motoring tour undertaken by RACV founders. “In 1904 our founding fathers visited all the homesteads and places you could only get to on trucks.

“Taking these heritage cars to all the heritage homesteads now has a nice flavour to it.”

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