Kadina and the Copper Coast are set to be visited by a large group of quirky, colourful and cantankerous centenarians when the 2017 National Veteran Vehicle Rally chugs into town on Tuesday, September 26.
Around 50 cars and motorbikes built before 1919 will be driving from Clare to Kadina to visit Kadina’s Farm Shed Museum at lunchtime providing a rare opportunity for people living in the Mid North to hop in their modern vehicles and pop down to Kadina to see this once in a decade spectacle.
Rally organiser, Peter Templer, says the visit, involving vehicles from all over Australia, will be the longest drive of the entire six-day national rally.
“Driving and riding vehicles of this age is very different to piloting a modern car or bike,” he said.
“Sometimes long drives are actually harder on the driver and the passengers than on the vehicles themselves due to the total lack of modern suspension and shock absorbers.”
“With many of this age vehicle “retired” to museums the public is urged grab this chance to see a large gathering of century old machines still doing what they were designed and built to do such a long time ago.
“As rallies of this size and type are only staged very rarely it could be another decade before such a spectacle is seen again in South Australia let alone so close to Port Pirie.”