Century of motoring celebrated at New Norfolk

THE Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania (RACT) celebrated its centenary last weekend by re-creating its first car club run, which was held 100 years ago. RACT patron and governor of Tasmania Barbara Baker joined in the event.

“The RACT has been an important part of the Tasmanian community for 100 years and this event is a great way to celebrate that history and launch into the next chapter for the organisation,” Governor Baker said. RACT group chief executive Mark Mugnaioni said the centenary car club run had seen a convoy of heritage and special-interest vehicles take part in a picturesque journey from Hobart to New Norfolk.

Mr Mugnaioni said RACT members and the public had been invited to join in the centenary celebrations as participants in the convoy recreated the first club run from 1923. “Reminiscent of the past, the car run is a wonderful way to commemorate the rich history and tradition of RACT, a journey back in time that celebrates the legacy of our esteemed organisation.”

The event started at Government House in Hobart last Sunday morning, showcasing classic and modern vehicles, including the RACT’s iconic Ford Escort and FJ Holden panel vans and the newest addition to the company’s fleet, the 100 Years community van.

“It is a nod to our roots as Tasmania’s premier automobile club and a unique opportunity to participate in a journey that symbolises our enduring commitment to motoring enthusiasts,” Mr Mugnaioni said, adding that the RACT’s journey began a century ago when a group of motoring enthusiasts united to form a club.

“In the early 1920s, mass motoring was still in its infancy, and the club’s membership numbered in the hundreds. Today, we serve about one-quarter of Tasmania’s population, continually evolving to enhance the services we provide to our members.”

At New Norfolk the participants were treated to lunch at the Derwent Esplanade, where the cars were displayed in rows and tables, chairs, umbrellas and other enhancements in front of the area near the new stage.

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