“And now here they are… competing for the title of the world’s wackiest racers.” 

You’ve heard of the Passionista. Glitterati. Twitterati. Now, there’s a new addition to this in-crowd lexicon, the Rotorati.  An eclectic group of people who together pour their energies into having fun while doing good in the community.

This weekend, the Beaumaris Rotary Club ‘Rotorati’ embarked on their annual Car Scavenger Hunt. The Rotorati participate for the prestige of demonstrating their Sherlock Holmes-like sleuth skills.  A Hamilton-esque pace prowess is not needed. It’s not a race!

While driving around the streets of Bayside, your Rotorati Club Correspondent recalled her favourite car associated numbers from the past and present. Let’s see if the Rotorati can identify with any of the numbers? 

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“And now here they are… competing for the title of the world’s wackiest racers.” 

Event organisers Richard and Rewa Jones announce the results

Who can forget the moustache-twirling villain Dick Dastardly in the 1968 cartoon series Wacky Races? It was in the script; Dastardly’s purple Mean Machine ‘00’ car would never win a race. It was down to the sole female driver Penelope Pitstop to top the list of garland wearers with four episode wins. 

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The 24 Hours of Lemons is a race designed to run for 24 hours. But unlike the legendary 24 Hours of LeMans, an event in which the world’s top car manufacturers compete once a year in France, it’s a race in which a group of typically 40 or so $500 cars compete for victory. 

Sadly, for followers of the 24 Hours of Lemons, known as Lemonati, the Australian event was recently terminated.  

33 EJB

In 1964, no less than 30 Mini Coopers entered the Monte Carlo Rally.  Ultimately, it was Irishman Paddy Hopkirk’s Mini Cooper S that outperformed its nearest rival, a more powerful V8-powered Ford Falcon, to win the race. Almost 60 years later, motoring enthusiasts still recognise the distinctive number plate of Hopkirk’s winning car – ‘33 EJB’.  

The 89e Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo was held in January this year; albeit without a Mini entrant. 

722

The first Mille Miglia was held on 26 March 1927; a 1000 miles sports car race through the Italian countryside from Brescia to Rome and back. Probably the most famous edition of the race was the 1955 Mille Miglia won by Stirling Moss in the now legendary and iconic silver machine; the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR numbered ‘722’. 

Although the race was banned in 1957, following two fatal crashes, it was revived as the Mille Miglia Storico in 1977, as a parade and regularity race for pre-1957 cars.  

911 

Launched in 1906 and now known simply as the “Targa”, the Targa Florio race was run around the hairpin bends and sharp turns in the mountains of Sicily. With 11 victories, the Porsche mid-engine racing cars will always be closely associated with the Targa Florio. The Porsche 911 Targa is a reminder of how important the Sicilian race was in establishing Porsche’s reputation.

The Australian Targa Florio Tribute event is scheduled to run between 15th and 18th November 2021. https://targaflorioaus.com

This weekend’s Car Scavenger Hunt was more Wacky Races meets the Pink Panther, rather than a famous car rally. But it was great fun! Thanks go to the event organisers Richard and Rewa Jones, and David and Joy Lea.

You don’t need to be a Passionista, Glitterati, Twitterati or even Rotorati to join Beaumaris Rotary. For a casual catch up and to learn more about Rotary, please contact Megan:

glenwrightmegan@gmail.com Tel: 0418 578 114