Rootes Tour of Australia, 2001
Pictures by Jeff Ferry, commentary by Ern Broughton

The Third Stage of the Rootes Tour of Australia ran from 31st. March to 11th. April 2001.   The stages have taken place every two years; the first stage in 1997 was a 10 day tour of Tasmania, and the second stage in 1999 was a 10 day tour of parts of South Australia.
The Third Stage started from Ballarat and took us, in about 15 assorted Rootes vehicles, to Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula, to Queenscliff, St Leonards, Daylesford, Castlemaine, Glenrowan, Beechworth in Central Victoria, Bright and ended at Albury NSW.  We stay in first-class accommodation each night on each tour and everybody has a most enjoyable time.

Some of the entrants at the start of the Third Stage of The Rootes Tour of Australia at a motel in Ballarat Victoria.  From left: Geoff and Alison Jones' 1966 Hillman Gazelle, Ern and Elva Broughton's 1962 Hillman Minx Australian De Luxe, Roy and Ferial Broughton's 1964 Humber Vogue, Robert Yeomans' 1955 Hillman Husky, Neil and Jenny Yeomans' 1959 Hillman Husky, Ron and Ann Stafford's 1965 Series VI Hillman Minx, and David Watson's 1948 Commer SuperPoise 25cwt Truck.

1955 and 1959 Hillman Husky.

Animals at the Ballarat Wild Life Park.

From left: Alison Jones, Elva Broughton, David Watson.

Some of the tour party at a morning tea stop in the crater of Mount Franklin, an extinct volcano north of Daylesford.

Main street of Maldon.

Ern and Elva Broughton outside Cafe Maldon.

Ern and Elva Broughton on park bench in Maldon.

(Above and below):  View from observation deck of Mitchelton Winery near Tabilk.

Commer Truck and ADL Minx from observation deck.

Giant effigy of famed bushranger Ned Kelly in Glenrowan.

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