Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Full Steam Ahead for Sorenson; Rare Classic Now in Bundy

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Full Steam Ahead for Sorenson; Rare Classic Now in Bundy

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ONE of the rarest cars in the world now calls Bundaberg home.

Burnett Heads' foreshore offered up a spectacle last Tuesday when a long whistle from a steam engine could be heard.

But what came next was neither on rails nor water.

Instead a car without a steering wheel, windscreen, bonnet or boot came pelting down Sea Esplanade takig care to obey all the traffic rules.

Chris Sorenson was on the tiller, opening and closing valves, pumping air to keep the fuel pressure up, checking gauges and blowing the whistle.

Mr Sorenson was born in Bundaberg and then travelled the world as a marine engineer on steam ships.

In 2010, he bought the 1903 Grout Steam Car in the US and shipped it to London where it took part in the famous London to Brighton Veteran Car Run before being shipped, in 2011, to Bundaberg where it joined Mr Sorenson's collection of eight veteran cars.

The Model J Grout is as rare as it gets.

Mr Sorenson said only two of them were left in the world - one in Pennsylvania, one in Bundaberg. …

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