MIGLIA CLASSIC CAR ECONOMY RUN – Sunday 13th January

We gathered at the Shell servo on the old Prices Highway Warragul for a 10am start on the Hundred Mile economy run. There were about 35 cars and crew filling up their tanks, so that Steve could measure our fuel use when we filled up again at the BP Servo in Cowes, at the end of our run. Cars were divided into five classes. Classics up to 1600cc, 1601 to 2500cc, and over 2500cc.A separate class for diesels and another for moderns after 1988.
We started in cool overcast weather conditions, with a threat of showers. They held off for the most part, with only a bit if misty rain over the mountains.
After leaving Warragul we headed to Nilma and then south to Bona Vista, Gainsbough and Ellinbank. From there it was onto the Warragul – Korumburra road to the Poowong turn off,  then left at Poowong down to the BassValley road, with its many picturesque single lane bridges. We emerged at Bena on the old South Gippsland Highway where we turned south off the old highway we travelled through Jeetho, Krowera, Glen Alvie and Archies Creek, finally emerging at the Bass highway,east of Kilcunda. From there it was straight forward run down to San Remo, over the bridge, and onto PhillipIsland, for a run through to Rhyll and eventually our rendezvous at Cowes with Steve, who checked that we’d properly topped up our fill at the BP service station.
After Steves OK we headed off to ChurchillIsland. After assembling together we were then directed to the lunch area beside the café and tourist centre. Due to the Sunday market winding up we were unable to park our cars next to the café as arranged until all the stalls were removed. Luckily the home made ice cream stand remained long enough for us to sample its wares. Lunch was great value, costing $10 a head and including sausages, steak, onion, cold slaw,  bacon, a slice of bread and butter plus tea or coffee. After lunch we were able to move our cars to the area in front of the Information Centre for a photo opportunity. Steve then read out the results and presented the trophies.The details of which will be posted elsewhere.
Personally, I was satisfied with third in class as I was finally able to crack 30MPH in the Alpine, with a 32 mpg. It must have been because I was following the heirloom ‘63 EJ Premier of Allan and Maria Sleeth who inherited the car from Allan’s grand father and have kept it in immaculate original condition. However, Allan missed the turn at Poowong, so I was on my own down the Bass Valley Rd until I caught up with the Eureka and the rest of the group at Bena. From there it was a mostly down hill run to Kilcunda where we struck the Sunday holiday traffic which kept our speed down all the way to Cowes. However, I undid all my good work on the way home, trying to keep up with Alex and Lachy Fowler in Lachy’s  240Z – much to Cheryl’s chagrin.
All in all it was a terrific event and thanks should go to Ron and Trish Brooks for organising the venue and to Steve Schmidt for organising the event over all.
John Weymouth

RESULTS – CENTO MIGLIA 2013
Teams
CLASS A :  0 -1600cc
Vehicle Engine capacity Litres Used Litres / 100km MPG Class Place
Mal &  Celia Collins Mini 1300 6.75 4.99 56.62 1
Allan & Lorraine Richards MG Midget 1300 8.06 5.96 47.42 2
Graeme & Elaine Longhurst Cooper S 1300 10.86 8.03 35.19 6
David & Claire Richards Mini 1100 8.91 6.59 42.9 5
Mark McKibbin Bugatti 1500 12.6 9.31 30.33 7
Ian Maud MR2 1600 8.13 6.01 47.01 3
Ian  & Mary Hodge MGTF 1500 18.05 13.34 21.17 8
Ian & Carol Mallows Lotus Elan 1600 8.77 6.48 43.58 4
CLASS B : 1601 – 2500cc
Phil  & Jean Finger MGB 1800 13.58 10.04 28.14 4
Ed Denovan Triumph TR6 2500 13.79 10.19 27.72 6
John & Cheryl Weymouth Alpine 1800 11.85 8.76 32.25 3
Graham & Marg Longmore Alfa GTV 1750 12.24 9.05 31.23 4
Wayne & Colleen Eccles MGB 1800 9.13 6.75 41.86 2
Sandra Goddard MGB 1800 1800 8.37 6.19 45.66 1
Allan & Maria Sleeth Holden EJ 2100 13.77 10.18 27.76 5
CLASS C : Over 2500cc
David & Paula Anderson MGBGT 3500 14.02 10.36 27.26 3
Glenn & Pam Campbell Porsche 911 3200 12.94 9.56 29.54 1
Henny  & Maryanne Schreyer Mustang 4500 15.45 11.42 24.74 4
Bill & Judy Aitken Healey 3000 17.6 13.01 21.72 5
Bob Dewhurst & Alene Bonser Porsche 944 2800 12.98 9.59 29.44 2
Lachlan Fowler & Alex Weymouth Datsun 240Z 2800 20.26 14.97 18.86 7
Bill & Wendy Cropley Mustang 5700 17.69 13.07 21.61 6
CLASS D
Harry and Anne DeGroot Mercedes Diesel 3000 10.28 7.6 37.18 1
MODERN
Kevin Riley Porsche 911 3600 9.01 6.66 42.42 4
Ian & Sue Holdsworth Mazda RX7 3000 20.06 14.83 19.05 11
Bruce & Diane Crowther Honda S2000 2000 11.48 8.48 33.29 10
Allan & Francis Oakes Hyundai Getz 1300 9.79 7.24 39.04 7
Rob & Di Kiddell Mazda MX5 2000 9.15 6.76 41.77 5
Rex and Glenise Conner Triton Ute 2500 8.03 5.93 47.6 2
Mike & Dianne Whitford Mercedes 2300 9 6.65 42.47 3
Mal & Anne Irwin Subaru WRX 2000 10.33 7.63 37 9
Ryan Rankovic Toyota 86 2000 9.74 7.2 39.24 6
Ian & Beryl Downie Mercedes Van 3000 10.05 7.43 38.03 8
Tim & Ros Leadbetter Eureka / Subaru 2000 7.7 5.69 49.64 1

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