With an eye to extended Redex trial business, Meekatharra (W.A.) publican, Bruce Gosden, got up early today to put up a sign residing “Two miles to Meekatharra Hotel — Hot Showers, Grills” on the trial route outside , Meekatharra. (Picturegram.)
-Brisbane Telegraph (Qld) Wednesday 14 July 1954.
The Round Australia Trial, Redex was a motorsport rallying or rally raid event that was run on multiple occasions between 1953 and 1998. The theme of the event was to stage a rally which circumnavigated Australia. Its early years were tremendously popular as the roads linking large portions of the country, particularly west of Adelaide, were not in good condition. Automobile manufacturers enthused over the event as it provided a particularly test event for their products, proving their cars were able to stand up to whatever conditions remote Australia could provide. Early editions of the event were heroic tests and were front-page fodder for the newspapers of the era.
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