2014 CENTO MIGLIA CLASSIC CAR ECONOMY RUN, Sunday 19th January

The sixth running of the annual Cento Miglia was held in perfect summer motoring conditions and attracted a field of 20 vehicles. The route took our competitors north from Warragul out through Neerim South to Nayook and on to Poweltown amid the lush National Park forests. From Poweltown the crews headed for Yarra Junction where they joined the Warburton Highway and headed further west eventually turning north at Seville out through the vinyards towards Coldstream. Now in the outer suburbs of Melbourne the pace slowed a little as they wended their way south to Mt Evelyn and up a very narrow one-way road to the Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd for a run through the Dandenongs, terminating at Ferntree Gully for the all-important refuel.

Despite a few sightings of competitors heading off in the wrong direction, all teams made it to the refuel well within the allocated time. There were stories of slipstreaming, ultra-high tyre pressures, leaned out carby settings and cursing of slow drivers for touching brakes on downhill sections. Several drivers opted to run without navigators which can be advantageous in regard to weight and therefore fuel consumption, but the drivers found following the twists and turns of the route directions quite taxing, especially in the latter stage of the event.

After the refuel everybody headed off for a picnic / BBQ lunch at the Tim Neville Arboretum in Dorset Rd where the reults were anounced and trophies presented. The outright competition this year was a closely fought affair between Ian Maud in the supercharged Toyota MR2 and Mal Collins in the 1300cc Mini Deluxe. Both drivers managed over 50 mpg which is a tremendous result, however on this occasion Ian’s frugal driving technique returned the more economical result. At the other end of the scale, Ron and Trish Brooks in the LPG-fuelled V8 Cobra were awarded the Stone Motherless Last trophy for the third year in succession with a result of 15 mpg. There were three vehicles contesting the Modern category and all achieved excellent results, but depite the 25+ year advance in technology, they still couldn’t knock the classics out of the top three placings.

Malcolm and Anne Irwin were unable to compete this year, but offered to help out by taking photos at the Devil’s Elbow, a very tight corner on the route running down into Ferntree Gully. See below for a selection of their shots.

2014 CENTO MIGLIA CLASSIC CAR ECONOMY RUN
Driver
Co-Driver
Vehicle: Make / Model / Year
Engine cc
Fuel
Litres used
MPG
L/100km
Place Class
Place O/R
CLASS A     0 -1400cc
Mal Collins
Celia
Morris Mini Deluxe
1275
Petrol
7.65
50.29
5.62
1
2
Allan Richards
Lorraine
MG Midget 1968
1275
Petrol
8.97
42.89
6.59
2
7
Graham Longhurst
Brett
Morris Cooper S 1967
1275
Petrol
9.86
39.02
7.24
3
9
David Richards
Claire
Morris Mini Deluxe
1100
Petrol
12.27
31.36
9.01
4
12
CLASS B    1401 – 1700cc
Ian Maud
Toyota MR2
1598
Petrol
7.42
51.85
5.45
1
1
Ian Mellows
Carol
Lotus Elan 1969
1558
Petrol
8.6
44.74
6.31
2
5
Barry Hatswell
Sharyn
Maxda MX5 1989
1600
Pertol
9.67
39.79
7.10
3
8
CLASS C   1701 – 2000cc
Sandra Goddard
MGB 1967
1800
Petrol
8.47
45.42
6.22
1
3
Wayne Eccles
Colleen
MGB 1966
1800
Petrol
10.82
35.56
7.94
2
11
Phillip Finger
Jean
MGB
1800
Petrol
13.57
28.35
9.96
4
14
John Weymouth
Cheryl
Peugeot 504 Wagon 1980
1990
Petrol
14.4
26.72
10.57
3
16
CLASS D  2001 – 4000cc
David Anderson
Paula
MGBGTV8
3500
Petrol
12.58
30.58
9.24
1
13
Glenn Campbell
Pam
Porsche 911 1988
3200
Petrol
13.76
27.96
10.10
2
15
Ed Denovan
Triumph TR6  1969
2500
Petrol
15.17
25.36
11.14
3
17
Bill Aitken
Judy
Austin Healey 3000
2912
Petrol
17.94
21.45
13.17
4
19
CLASS E   Over 4000cc
Henny Schreyer
Maryanne
Mustang 1967
4700
Petrol
16.63
23.14
12.21
1
18
Ron Brooks
Trish
Cobra
5700
LPG
24.62
15.63
18.08
2
20
MODERN
Graham Longmore
Marg
MINI Cooper S 2007
1800
Petrol
8.49
45.32
6.23
1
4
Mark McKibbin
Lotus  1997
1800
Petrol
8.61
44.68
6.32
2
6
Ken Purcell
Bev
MGF 1999
1780
Petrol
9.9
38.86
7.27
3
10

Photos by Malcolm and Anne Irwin (and a few service station shots from your editor)

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2 Responses to 2014 CENTO MIGLIA CLASSIC CAR ECONOMY RUN, Sunday 19th January

  1. Ian Hodge says:

    Hi Steve. We had booked into the R A C V Great Australian Rally at Mornington and so were not able go on the economy run. Hope to go on the mystery run next weekend. IAN HODGE

  2. Mal Collins says:

    Just like to say a big thanks to Steve for organising another great Cento Miglia run,I’m sure all the other entrants agree you put a lot of time into it.Congratulations on a great run .
    Mal & Celia Collins.

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