Historic race back on the cards

John DobsonAlbany Advertiser

Veteran and vintage cars may again make the pilgrimage from Perth to Albany to honour the Genevieve 500.

Albany Classic organisers have opened an expression of interest to veteran, vintage and classic car owners to take part in the Great Southern 500 in the lead-up to the Classic in Albany on the June long weekend next year.

The event, also known as the Genevieve 500, will run from Monday, May 28, to Sunday, June 3, starting in Perth and visiting York, Narrogin, Wagin, Katanning and Gnowangerup before finishing in Albany.

The race was last held in 2012, but most people who have been around classic cars in WA for more than the past 20 years will recall the Genevieve 500 of 1992 from Perth to Albany.

The event was billed as a race and organised by the late Paul Terry, an Albany-based businessman who in 1989 had bought the actual 1904 Darracq 10/12hp that was used in the 1953 film, Genevieve. The film was about the London to Brighton car rally and followed the adventures of the Darracq, which in the movie was named Genevieve.

The 1992 event was conducted in the spirit of the original London to Brighton run and was an international event for pre-1931 vehicles.

Funds raised will go to the Royal Flying Doctors Service and Albany Community Hospice.

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