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Well the BIG WEEKEND is over and what a weekend it was!!  95 pre 1931 vehicles finally made it to Dubbo, 2 less than expected. Sadly one vehicle broke down the day before the rally and one didn’t turn up. They came from all over NSW as well as interstate.

Friday was registration day and pick up rally bags, morning tea provided by our fantastic club member ladies, BBQ lunch cooked expertly by our resident cordon bleu chefs and a short run of around 65km out to Rawsonville and back via Minore. The rest of the afternoon and evening was rest and relaxation time for participants, especially those who had travelled huge distances to get here.

Saturday was rise and shine early to meet at Aussie Cabins, aka Rally Headquarters, by 8.30am ready to give the 12 Veterans (cars, not necessarily drivers) a head start to Wongarbon via Myall St, Durraween Lane and the Golden Highway. The rest of the cars then followed suit arriving at the hall for a very sumptuous morning tea laid on by the Wongarbon school P & C. I think they outdid themselves. There was plenty to go around, even for the tail of the field, the pick up truck and trailer. 

After a reasonable break and a quick peek at Brett Garling’s Gallery, we all headed out to Geurie and a run via Arthurville Rd, Zaias Lane and Bushrangers’ Creek Rd through some very picturesque country and some steep descents to arrive at Wellington Showground for lunch and for the media to do some catch up photography and interviews. The use of the showgrounds were provided free of charge by Wellington Council.

Packed lunches consisting of meat or quiche,, salad, bread rolls, tea and coffee, were handed out by our very efficient club canteen staff (alias our very versatile Friday morning tea staff). These lunches proved to be quite yummy and a very convenient way to feed 200 people.

After lunch a brief talk about the history of Wellington was given by a local lady.

After a lot of eating and socializing it was time to head out down the main street of Wellington and back to Geurie where we turned off the highway again, back along Arthurville Rd turning right into Terrabella Rd, along Benelong Rd, Obley Rd and back into Dubbo – a total run of 167 km. These old cars were really amazing, travelling the distance with very few problems encountered. 

Time to rest again before the bus arrived to collect people from their accommodation and take them to the RSL club for the Presentation Dinner. The auditorium seated and fed 204 people with relative ease. The food was excellent and the service quite efficient considering the numbers.

Jim Mather did a great job as emcee. (I’m not biased). The raffle was organized by Carole Henderson and, as usual, she did a wonderful job in buying the contents and setting up 3 hampers for raffle prizes as well as a separate Mothers’ Day prize, after spending all weekend selling raffle tickets.

Trophies were awarded by Ian Henderson and Tony Taylor as car judges for Best Veteran, Best Vintage, Peoples’ Choice and by Jim Mather for Rally Director’s Choice. Recipients were: 

Peoples’ Choice:                              Entrant 74:   1928 Studebaker. Royce Jago and Mark Tait.

Rally Directors Choice:                   Entrant 91: 1916 Chev 490, Dave Perry.

Best Veteran:                                   Entrant 50: 1911 Renault. Glenn, Rosemary and Belinda Smith.

Best Vintage:                                   Entrant 59: 1924 Crossley. Andrew Doughty and Frank McCarthy 

Sunday morning was a great breakfast cooked by our chefs again. Sad goodbyes were said with a promise to at least meet up again in Orange next year.

So many people to thank for the smooth organization and running of this rally. Without them the running would not have been like clockwork, most of the time. From Rally Director, Secretary, Committee, catering organizer, cooks, cordon bleu chefs, canteen workers, marshalls, judges, raffle coSordinator, photographers, money collector and banker, badge organizer, rally bag coSordinator to name as many as I can remember. Too many individuals involved to name each one. You know who you are.

WELL DONE AND CONGRATULATIONS ON A REALLY GREAT RALLY!