Military vehicle rally rolling into Dookie

October 05, 2017

Sol Sutherland proudly shows off his Australian Army service two Land Rover.

Sol Sutherland's Australian Army service two land rover which will be part of the Dookie Military Vehicle Rally from October 21 to 22..

Dookie’s main street will look like a scene from M*A*S*H when the roar of military vehicles comes to town this month.

The seventh Dookie Military Vehicle Rally will feature jeep rides, vintage land rover displays, cannon firing, military tents and equipment, and re-enactments.

The rally was created by the Military History Group, a statewide group focused on the restoration of vehicles and the preservation of military history.

Dookie Military Vehicle Rally event initiator Sol Sutherland is excited about the rally.

As a member of the Military History Group, he is a keen collector of military vehicles and has about six running Land Rovers.

Mr Sutherland said the beauty of the military vehicle rally was it acted as a way to preserve the history and was one of the biggest events for the history group in Victoria.

‘‘Since having the event in Dookie, it’s created a bit more interest in history and a few more vehicles have been restored in the area,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s a visual event for the public as much as it is a meeting for us.’’

The rally usually attracts people from across Victoria, including Melbourne and Geelong.

Mr Sutherland said there would be no shortage of things for people to do and see at the rally.

‘‘It’s a very visual display of military history ... there will be a whole century of history on display,’’ he said.

The annual Dookie Military Vehicle Rally is on Saturday, October 21, and Sunday, October 22, at Mary St, Dookie.

The event runs from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and 10am to 3pm on Sunday and is free to attend.

For information, see the Military History Group Facebook page.

To find out more about the Dookie Military Vehicle Rally, see Saturday’s issue of Weekend Life in Weekend News.

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