WARRNAMBOOL will be swarming with much-loved vehicles next week when the 13th National Chrysler Rally comes to town.
The rally is held every three years and will give local people a chance to see a feast of rare and popular Chryslers, as well as related models.
More than 160 cars have been entered in the Chrysler Restorers Club of Australia rally and will represent every decade since the Dodge was first made.
Apart from Dodge and Chrysler, the makes include Desoto, Plymouth, Valiant and others models produced under the Chrysler banner. During the week, more than 300 rally participants will enjoy a number of day trips to enjoy the region’s sights.
The rally culminates with a stunning display of vehicles at Lake Pertobe on Saturday, October 5.
The day trips will include a run on Monday leaving from Wannon Park in Koroit Street to Koroit and Tower Hill, before returning to Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village.
Another trip on Tuesday passes through Warrnambool’s central business district via Lava Street and Ziegler Parade, Allansford, before visiting Timboon and Port Campbell and returning via the Great Ocean Road.
On Thursday the rally will tour to Cobden, then to Port Fairy on Friday.
A small collection of vehicles from the Chrysler stable will be on show at Warrnambool Showgrounds during next week to promote the rally.
Among them will be a 1925 Dodge Brothers Roadster, owned by Ian Rees, of Warrnambool.
Mr Rees has a few vintage cars but the Roadster is his favourite.
Bought in 1998, it was his first vintage car and he has spent a lot of time restoring it.
Mr Rees said the Roadster had given him a lot of pleasure and was the catalyst for him joining a vintage car club, where he had made a lot of friends.