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History: George Hetrel’s red 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Supercharged Cabriolet (left), which was once used by Hitler’s Third Reich, pictured at the 1912 Great Australian Rally. VIPs for a day: Twelve lucky people will get the chance to be driven to Mornington racecourse for the Great Australian Rally on board this vintage Ventura bus (above). (CRAIG DOUGLAS)

Trophy has been renamed the Weekly Trophy for 2013 and will be awarded to the best car-club display of six vehicles. The vehicle judged the best of all will go on display in the foyer of RACV headquarters at 501 Bourke Street, city. A special competition is offering the chance for some lucky people to be driven to the rally aboard an amazing vintage Ventura bus. Go to the website listed below for details and to fill out a form. Unfortunately, only 12 people will fit on the bus. According to Brown, the RACV received “hundreds and hundreds” of entries for the 2012 rally. “It’s a lucky draw really,” he says. Completed entry forms will go in a hat. The 12 to ride on the vintage bus will become VIPs for the day. Actor John Wood, an enthusiast and classic-car owner, is disappointed he won’t be able to take part. “I’ll actually be interstate doing The History Boys, an Alan Bennett play, at the Opera House,” he says. “I’m going to miss it for the first time in many years.” Wood, who owns a restored 1947 Mk IV Jaguar and a 1955 MG TS, usually waves the cars off as they leave Stud Park on their way to Mornington. “I’m [at least in previous years] the sort of celebrity flagger-off-a,” Wood jokes. After that he follows all those Chitty Chitty Bang Bang-type vehicles to Mornington to take part in the celebrations. But, as he says with a note of sad reflection: “I won’t even be flagger-off-a this time. I’ll be out of town. But it’s a great event.” \ norbsu@gmail.com » www.greataustralianrally.com.au » www.chittychitty.com.au

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