For the first time in five years, the Austin Healey National Rally will be held in Perth, and with more than $5.5 million worth of vehicles on show, it’s shaping up to be the best rally yet.
“With cars coming from England, New Zealand, Sweden and the United States, as well as most States of Australia, it will truly be an international event,” said Charlie Mitchell, Chair of the organising committee.
“While a few cars are being shipped to Perth, we have around 45 cars that will be crossing the Nullarbor to attend and two participants, Wayne and Lynette Morgan, are driving more than 5,500 kilometres from Cairns,” he said.
“It’s an opportunity to good to pass up,” said Wayne who lives in Cairns. “We’ve attended several rallies on the east-coast but this is the first time we have made the trip west to attend a national rally,” he said.
“We are really looking forward to the challenge of the long drive across Australia in convoy with nine other vehicles, and of course exploring the south west of WA after the rally.”
Ed Neumeyer and Ross Thompson from Palm Springs California USA, have chosen to make the trip and are really looking forward to seeing more of Australia after the event.
“We’ve met several Australians who have attended European and USA rallies and thought what a great opportunity to combine the national rally with an extended holiday and catch up with old friends,” Ed said.
During the four-day event, rally participants will take part in scenic drives around the nearby countryside, visit local museums and tourist attractions and enjoy a variety of evening events.
“National rallies are a great way to meet other Healey owners from around Australia and the world,” said Gail Shearer President of the Austin Healey Club of WA, “and we are thrilled to be hosting this year’s event.”
“We are able to offer something unique to participants, whether it’s driving across the Nullarbor to attend or driving home via Darwin and across the top of Australia which several vehicles are doing. It should prove to be an exciting conclusion to the rally,” Gail said.
The event is part sponsored by the City of Kalamunda, with all 70 cars scheduled to be on display on Saturday 6 April between 10.00am and 2.00pm on Haynes Street in Kalamunda. The road will be closed to traffic and owners will be available to talk with other motoring enthusiasts.