Touring Down Under

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“Shannon’s Insurance in conjunction with TasVacations brings to the motoring enthusiast the Shannon’s Historic Rallye; the best way to experience one of the world’s most unique destinations with the taste of the world’s ultimate tarmac rally.”

That’s what the rallye brochure said, and they told the truth! For 11 days my wife Theresa and I toured, ate and drank our way around the Tasmanian countryside as we participated in the Shannon’s Historic Rallye. After plenty (seemed like a lifetime) of time on an airplane, we met our Australian buddies, Alan and Noeline McKinnon, picked up our new(original) 1967 Morris Mini Cooper S and were off to the races. Literally. The cars in the rally group ran the targa stages ahead of the race cars and the cars in the Historic Rallye followed behind that group as we made our way around the Australian island state of Tasmania. The scenery, the culture, and the people were just amazing along the way. We’ll post several blogs and videos of this trip (WAY DOWN UNDER) including highlights of the Historic Rallye and interviews with people we met on the trip. This first blog is a brief chat with Geoff Cuthbert. Geoff is a distributor for (our Australian Distributor) Antique Tyres Australia and the organizer for the Historic Rallye. Geoff and his wife Sonia did a wonderful job of showing us the local color, directing us to the best Tasmania cuisines and putting up with us Yanks!