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Limestone Creek Great Western Highway
Rewind: The 120 year re-enactment of The Pioneer Motor Car Trip of Australia (1900), Bathurst (New South Wales) to Melbourne (Victoria) - 2020
Thomson and Holmes leaving Bathurst

The pioneers - Herbert Thomson (seated left) and Edward Holmes - Bathurst, NSW, 1900


The re-enacters - Julie and Darryl Starr -

Albury-Wodonga, NSW/Victoria, 2020

Thomson steam car Powerhouse Museum  Melboune

Restored Thomson steam car - Scienceworks Museum, Spotswood, Victoria

2020 VW Polo Comfortline 85TSI

2019 Volkswagen Polo Comfortline 1-litre

85TSI hatch

About the author

DARRYL Starr is a veteran of the newspaper industry, having worked for 51 years at the Border Mail in Albury-Wodonga. As the award-winning regional daily's long-time motoring editor, he has road tested pretty much every new car released in Australia since 1967. His favourite road routes include some of the most scenic towns in North East Victoria and the Southern Riverina region of New South Wales, covering more conditions and test variables than any city-based motoring writer. He was the newspaper's motoring editor for 48 years and for 15 years he also wrote for Out and About and Domain, the paper's tourist and real estate supplements. Darryl is also an author, having written 'A spirit of progress - 110 years of motoring in Albury-Wodonga', and this online book, 'Are we there yet, Mr Holmes?' In 2024 he celebrates 57 years as a motoring writer, the last eight for his own publication, His knowledge of the roads of North East Victoria and the Southern Riverina is immeasurable. He has also ridden the highs and lows of various forms of motorsport. His wife, Julie, is also a keen traveller and an experienced co-driver/navigator.

Digital local motoring e-books free to read online

'The Thomson Diary' and 'A spirit of progress - 110 years of motoring in Albury-Wodonga' are popular local motoring history e-books that are free to read online.

Click on a black title button and wait a few moments for the book to load. 

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