Here is a 5 min video I managed to capture of the 80th Anniversary of the opening of the Great Ocean Road - November 2012.
Martin Stubbs attends the last outing at Rob Roy for 2012.
Carol Corliss As one of the organising committee of the day, I cannot give an entirely unbiased and objective version of the event, but even allowing for any exaggeration, it was a splendid day, made up of the input of drivers, car owners and the public combining to create an electric atmosphere which lit up this small market town for a moment in history.As some will remember, we had organised a similar event in 1999 to mark a triple anniversary of Raymond May’s centenary, 50 years of BRM and 65 years of ERA. That event began in our minds as maybe a static display of the cars in a town centre car park and maybe a dinner and exhibition of artifacts. Like Topsy, it grew and grew and our somewhat tentative enquiry regarding the streets being closed off, was to our surprise given the o.k., and the whole characteristic mode of the day changed. The resulting spectacle of the cars running through the town was considered a great success and an exhausted committee of 5 practically collapsed in a heap and said “Never Again!”
More Great Photos of Frank Walters and the So-Cal Special from the 1960s
In the Community panel (Drivers and Cars) we have a good look at a magnificent survivor of the re-birth of motor racing in Australia after World War 2. The country was ready for a return to the excitement and glory of circuits like Mount Panorama, Gnoo Blas, Lakeside, and Mount Druitt. New cars were rare and unobtainable. Local builders and drivers saw the need to produce home-grown Specials that could take on the rest of of the world. The So-Cal Special was a special car in all senses of the word, and owner-drivers over the years have appreciated its brilliance.