A cool, foggy morning blossomed into beautiful autumn day, just perfect for a country drive in your classic or modern sports car. Unfortunately numbers were down considerably on past Cento Miglias, but at least the quality was there!

Leaving Warragul, the participants headed out to Darnum , then Cloverlea and Ellinbank before encountering very heavy traffic  around Lardner Park where the Field Days were in full swing. From Larder the route headed south to Poowong and across the South Gippsland Highway at Bena before winding through the hills around Konwak and Krowera and descending through Woodleigh out onto the flats before heading towards Lang Lang where most teams had a short morning tea break. From there it was a fairly direct run through Modella and Longwarry to the eastbound service station on the Princes Highway at Longwarry North. A total distance of 142km. Several drivers were seen to miss a turn here or there, thus adding more distance and using more fuel than intended, to find their way back to the correct route.

Various driving techniques were employed to save fuel, including switching the engine off on long downhill runs. Most drivers tried to keep the revs down, making it an unusually slow and pleasant outing for those in the passenger seats.

If it was a sprint event, Kevin Riley would have won hands down. He arrived at the refuelling station a good 15 minutes before the next car. Unfortunately, enjoying the power of the big Merc had a detrimental effect on his fuel consumption, drinking more than twice the amount of petrol as the more frugal cars. The overall winner was a close run contest between the Mazda MX5 of Ian and Carol Mallows and the supercharged Toyota MR2 of Ian Maud. The Toyota, with only one person on board, took the honours by using just 60ml less fuel than the Mazda. The rest of the results are tabled below.

Following the refuel at Longwarry North, all participants gathered at Picnic Point for lunch and the presentation of trophies. It was great to see four or five additional Sporting Register vehicles and their occupants at the lunch venue, swelling our numbers and joining in the festivities.

Entrant Vehicle Engine cc Litres used l/100km mpg
Ken & Bev Purcell MGF 1600 8.45 5.9591 47.4
Phil & Judy Barnard Porsche Boxster 2700 11.53 8.1312 34.74
Kevin Riley Mercedes SL55 5500 16.88 11.904 23.73
CLASSIC Up to 1.3
David & Claire Richards Mini Deluxe 1100 10.78 7.6023 37.16
CLASSIC 1.3 to 1.7
Ian Maud Toyota MR2 1600 8.27 5.8322 48.43
Ian & Carol Mallows Mazda MX5 1600 8.33 5.8745 48.09
CLASSIC 1.7 to 2.0
Ian & Glynnis Murray BMW 320i 1990 10.35 7.299 38.7
Wayne & Coleen Eccles MGB 1800 11.12 7.842 36.02
CLASSIC Over 2 litres
David & Paula Anderson MGB V8 3500 9.11 6.4245 43.97
Glenn & Pam Campbell Porsche 911 3200 11.95 8.4274 33.52

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