Women rev up historic vehicles for third annual RACV Florence Thomson Tour


TWO-HUNDRED women are set to hit the road in a range of historic vehicles to take on the 110km RACV Florence Thomson Tour, which kicks off at the RACV Cobram Resort on April 27.

Running for the third year, the tour celebrates the indomitable Florence Thomson, who was the only female entrant in the 1905 Dunlop Reliability Motor contest from Sydney to Melbourne; a 920km journey over what was then essentially a horse track between the two cities. She was one of only 17 contestants to finish the five-day trial.

Among the 80 historic cars that took part in the event last year, a 1912 Model 59 Overland Tourer hit the road with a 1930 Ford Model A Sports Coupe, a 1958 Austin Healey Sprite and a 1976 Datsun 260Z.

An RACV representative described the tour as an event with a difference.

“It focuses on an under-represented section of the motoring community and serves not only to celebrate the courageous women throughout history, but also to recognise the contribution that women bring to modern Australian motoring.”