"We went to the Rally as our favourite musician,
Getting to Holmesglen,we needed a magician,
Going up the wrong roads,
Increased the stress loads,
But having fun, raising money, thats the tradition."
The winning limerick at the 24th annual "Goulburn Valley Hospice Rallye" sums up the event beautifully.
Last Saturday morning, over 100 people in 40 vehicles of all shapes, makes and sizes met at the Shepparton Motor Museum in perfect autumn weather for the start of this years Goulburn Valley Hospice Rallye.
Leaving at 8am, in one minute intervals, the participants followed what can only be described as cryptic clues and directions (put together by Andy Telford and Tony Onley), to take them from the Motor Museum to the Euroa Butter Factory via Dhurringile-Yes via Dhurringile!
After morning tea the intrepid group (with some tension between Driver and Navigator in a couple of vehicles) headed for Mansfield Bowling club for lunch.
This route took us over little travelled roads around Kelvin View, Strathbogie and Merton.
On approaching Mansfield we spied a Booze Bus set up in the main street. It was so disappointing that it was not operating as I would have loved to have seen the look on Plods face as they poked the bag through the window and encountered Paul Tsobaris' navigator, Hilliary Mark sitting in the "drivers side" with no steering wheel in front of him. Pauls 1969 Mustang is Left Hand Drive!
On to Holmsglen near Eildon along the spectacular Eildon-Jameison road for the nights entertainment and auctions.
The theme was dressing up as your favourite musician and we had many creative outfits like The Village People, Cindy Lauper, The Wiggles, The Blues Brothers, and others.
Toby Balfour " you can't be a "Village Person" cowboy without a horse".
The auctions went very well thanks to the professional auctioneer Michael Blake, selling items donated by many generous sponsors both in a traditional and silent auction format.
Sunday dawned bright and clear, the sight of fog sitting in the valley with blue sky above was enough to get the photographers amongst us scurrying for their cameras, it is a beautiful place.
After breakfast we headed off for the final section of the rallye along little known roads via Alexandra and Seymour for lunch at Le Penelopes, Kirwans Bridge where the winners were announced along with a little fun and frivolity from the "Bee Gees".
Min and Mat Innes-Irons and Paul Custance butchering a Bee Gees song.
Overall winners of the Rallye were Rocky and Carolyn Varapodio and Jill and Kelvin Maude in a Jeep Track hawk V8.
Well over $60,000 was raised to help keep Goulburn Valley Hospice Care to continue to deliver its 24 hour a day service to those with a terminal illness.
Thanks again to all the businesses and individuals who provide prizes for the auctions and to the organisers who as always, provide us with a fun weekend.
Next years event, to be held on the first weekend in May will be the 25th Rally and promises to be big.
As they say-"you have to be in it to win it"!