Cooma Car Club hosts Repco Reliability Retrial

Cooma Car Club successfully hosted the 45 cars and 138 participants of the Repco Reliability Retrial 2019 on Saturday, August 31.

The cars were on the second last stage from Bathurst to Cooma to Lakes Entrance 40th anniversary run.

The 40th anniversary event was open to pre-1980 cars and included the 1979 Volvo 244 which was driven to fourth place in the 1979 Repco Reliability Trial by Ross Dunkerton.

The retrial also included three replica Holden VB Commodores in the Holden Dealer team colours, one of which was driven by rally driver legend Barry Ferguson who was one of the original 1979 HDT team drivers.

One of the crowd favourites was Car 14, the 1929 Chrysler Roadster piloted by Bruce Washington from New Zealand and Andrew Davies from the UK.

It seems amazing that this 90-year-old car completed the four-week, 20,000 km event without missing a beat (one flat tyre), but this has been only one of the worldwide long-distance rallies that the car and its' drivers have completed.

The Chrysler Roadster 75 was introduced in 1929 and was notable for its beautiful long and elegant lines, narrow profile radiator, fully crowned fenders, and fashionable bowl-shaped headlights.

Two Chrysler Roadsters competed in the 1929 Le Mans finishing behind 4 Bentleys and a Stutz. Originally, the L-Head 4 litre straight 6 engine produced 75 BHP, however it is thought that Bruce's car produces significantly more.

The participants were amazed at the clubhouse including the under-development museum, and commended Ian McIntosh and his Control Point team and the food produced by Tony Nassar and his catering team.