It was like a dream come true for Cooma's Ian Hampton when he took part in the 60th anniversary Redex Rerun in his Peugeot 203 last month.
He had witnessed the original event in 1953 in Bendigo as a child at school and instantly fell in love with the Peugeot.
"I was a kid at school [in Bendigo] when I saw the first cars go past," Mr Hampton said.
"I went home and didn't stop talking about it. I liked them because they looked and sounded different."
When he heard about the 60th anniversary Redex Rerun event, about a year ago, he bought the blue Peugeot 203, the same model that won the original event, from Neville Summerill from Bombala who had restored the car.
Mr Hampton drove one of 30 cars, mostly Peugeot 203s and 403s, that took part in the Rerun starting on May 14.
The cars set off from Maitland, the hometown of the winner of the 1953 Redex Trial Ken Tubman.
The Rerun passed through Inverell, Dalby, Bundaberg, Emerald, then Longreach, Winton, Mt Isa and Tennant Creek.
The route headed north to Darwin for one of the five rest days planned, and then south to Alice Springs with a detour to Yulara on the way to Coober Pedy. From there they travelled to Port Augusta, then across South Australia and Victoria to Shepparton and Albury, then Canberra, finishing at Parramatta. All up the rerun covers 10,000km over a period of 4 weeks.The cars made a brief stop at the Cooma Car Club last Friday for lunch on their way to Canberra.
Mr Hampton said it was a comfortable ride with only a few minor mechanical problems along the way that were easily repaired.
"It's hard to believe we've done it," he said.
"It was always my dream to do it."