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GoSeeAustralia looks at an RACV rally parade of motoring legends on the roads of Australia

January 21, 2007
GoSeeAustralia looks at an RACV rally parade of motoring legends on the roads  of Australia

By Garth Morrison Editor GoSeeAustralia

When George Evans found his REO Flying Cloud it was being used as a chook pen. Today after 21 years of restoration his beautiful REO amazed GoSeeAustralia at the WesternPort Marina Hastings checkpoint as he headed for Mornington Racecourse in the RACV's Great Australian Rally.

Cars in the rally parade the advances made in motoring from a 1885 Benz Velo to a magic mini towing a caravan through to sports cars like the MG TC, A and B series. One MGB towed a spare boot. GoSeeAustralia had a great day with great cars like Austin 7, Bugatti, VW, Holden FX, Valiant, Cooper, Cadillac, Bentley, Rolls Royce, Citreon, Dodge, Chev, Ford, Jaguar, Morris, and the mighty Porsche 911.

I was taking time out on board at Western Port Marina whenI ran into Marina Manager Irene Hoe as I headed for the showers. I mumbled an apology and promised to be better in an hour and then saw the marina carpark was filling with wonderful vehicles.

Showered into focus I headed back with camera to share the unique event with GoSeeAustralia site users.

The REO particularly got myattention because we had one in the family.

My 88 year old mother remembers it well as grandfather's pride and joy. GoSeeAustralia learned a lot about the REO from its dedicated owner. The six cylinder engine is designed to get on with the job easily. We just put it into first, got it up to 4mph and left it in top for the rest the trip, he told GoSeeAustralia.

The motor displaces 5 litres and handled the challenges of the bush roads of Australia in flying style. Around 1928 Grandfather once pushed the REO on a rush trip from Mildura to Renmark in response to a family emergency.

The road was a rutted dirt track then but the big vehicle strode over it. It was night and there were cattle grids and gates. Suddenly there was a gate. It was closed. Grandfather hauled the big wheel over and hit the brakes as he took to the bush. Scub parted as the REO crunched through. A real chassis, steel and weight worked for grandfather and my mother who was his passenger and they stopped safe.

He reversed the REO to the road and went on to Renmark. So whenI saw the Reo it raised a family legend.

Oh, yes, do you know what REO stands for?

George Evans filled us in. It is Ransom Eli Olds. The Founder of Oldsmobile. 1864 to 1950. He was born in Geneva Ohio. In 1887 he started the Olds Motor Works in Detriot, Michigan. In 1904 he formed the REO Motor Company and was its president until 1924. In 1901he created the first assembly line and Oldsmobile became the first mass producer of gasoline cars.

Here is a selections of pictures GoSeeAustalia took of the cars which we think have made their mark in making motoring legends.

Most Australians know them. ManyAustralians have owned more than one make. Theymade Australia accessible to the people of Australia and changed the way Australian families live.

It was once said of the clipper ships which helped open up Australia They mark our passage as a race of men... In their own way the vehicle makers have to -

REO stands for Ransom Eli Olds
REO stands for Ransom Eli Olds
1885 Benz leads the Rally away
1885 Benz leads the Rally away
A Chev and  its Retro caravan
A Chev and its Retro caravan
After 21  years of REO restoration George Evans knows every nut and bolt
After 21 years of REO restoration George Evans knows every nut and bolt
As the reg says a RARE 52 Ford Crestline convertible
As the reg says a RARE 52 Ford Crestline convertible
Aussie design big bold Bolwell grand tourer
Aussie design big bold Bolwell grand tourer
Austin A30 flies the flag
Austin A30 flies the flag
Austin A40 ICE cool
Austin A40 ICE cool
Dont worry darling we are dressed for it
Don't worry darling we are dressed for it
Everything you do You gotta shine
Everything you do You gotta shine
French by Citroen right down to the Michelin tyres
French by Citroen right down to the Michelin tyres
Fun came in a small package from Fiat
Fun came in a small package from Fiat
Good  Pommie trucks are fun too
Good Pommie trucks are fun too
Henry you lied  you said any colour as long as it was black
Henry you lied you said any colour as long as it was black
It is a worry when there is no speedo just a rev counter
It is a worry when there is no speedo just a rev counter
Jag with the cloth up gets off the line
Jag with the cloth up gets off the line
Jeep ready  to repel Road Ragers
Jeep ready to repel Road Ragers
Keep smiling we  always travel hopefully
Keep smiling we always travel hopefully
MG TC sports  leads the Morris convertible to the line
MG TC sports leads the Morris convertible to the line
MGB and a half solves the boot space  problem
MGB and a half solves the boot space problem
Minis do it too with caravans
Minis do it too with caravans
Motorbikes came for the ride
Motorbikes came for the ride
Now that is a Valiant and I want one
Now that is a Valiant and I want one
Randy Red Riley sports
Randy Red Riley sports
Sunday showers did not stop them
Sunday showers did not stop them
The tough peoples car from Henry Ford
The tough peoples car from Henry Ford
There is nothing  absolutely nothing like and Austin 7
There is nothing absolutely nothing like and Austin 7
They came in all  shapes and makes
They came in all shapes and makes
Think positive and just pass the soap
Think positive and just pass the soap
VW was built to last and how they do
VW was built to last and how they do
We all need a push sometimes
We all need a push sometimes
What  a beauty a real Silver Lady
What a beauty a real Silver Lady
Why not! Indeed
Why not! Indeed
Woodie Original - not sure if this came as an option
Woodie Original - not sure if this came as an option
You think it is old-  well try  and catch it
You think it is old- well try and catch it
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