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UPDATED 10/09/2019

A sad announcement that foundation member Annette Scattergood passed away early this morning (Saturday 7th September 2019).  Anne’s funeral is to be held at Christ Church Rutledge Street Queanbeyan at 1:30pm on Wednesday September 18th. Ron has advised Joe that he would appreciate a ‘Guard of Honour’ for Anne, of club cars at the Church.

Message from Club Secretary


I have been informed that one of our foundation members Annette (Anne) Scattergood passed away last weekend.  Anne and Ron have been involved in heritage motoring before most of our members were born.

The Scattergoods were very involved in the establishment of STHARC.  They have also been members of other heritage motoring clubs.  Health issues have made it difficult for them to participate in a lot of the club’s activities in recent years.  The membership of the club has grown so significantly in the last few years that many of our newer members probably have not met Anne or Ron.

Anne’s funeral is to be held at Christ Church Rutledge Street Queanbeyan at 1:30pm on Wednesday September 18th. Ron has advised Joe that he would appreciate a ‘Guard of Honour’ for Anne, of club cars at the Church.

I do not yet have any details about whether there is to be a funeral procession and if so whether club cars will be invited to participate.  Members planning to attend will need to be at the church before 1:00pm so that we can be in place.  Ron and Anne are well known in local motoring circles.  I anticipate that this will be a large funeral and that there may be club cars from other clubs in attendance.

In the past, club cars have entered the site via the rear access from the laneway and have been parked around the church building.  On the day we will have some members present to marshal vehicles in accordance with what we are permitted to do.  My suggestion is to arrive well before 1.00pm.  I hope to be there by 12.30pm to assist with marshalling.

It would be helpful if members who are planning to attend the funeral could let me know by return email.  I will establish a contact list and send any additional details I receive to those I have heard from.  This is to be treated as a club event.  Log books for concessionally registered vehicles should be filled in before departing for the church.

Lawrie Nock

Secretary, STHARC


Club President though this may be of interest to members

The Marriage of Club Member James Corbett and Maddie


by Allan Boyd


Some of our STHARC foundation members will remember Gordon & Wynn Reid as they attended the inaugural meeting at the Queanbeyan Tigers Club in 2000 when a club committee was elected and STHARC was founded.

For a number of years the Reids were active STHARC members attending meetings and outings with their 1950s Austin A40.  In addition, Gordon & Wynn had an association with Elwyn Bell of Bells Amusements which enabled them to borrow a jumping castle on a number of occasions for the STHARC Christmas parties for the youngsters enjoyment – a wonderful highlight of those parties.

I cannot recall the year, however Gordon and Wynn sold their Austin and bought a small motorhome and went touring Australia.  Although this ended their close association with STHARC and classic motoring, Queanbeyan remained their base and members would catch up with them at other activities or in the street. Their son Laurie became involved with the Holden Torana Club, so we kept in touch with him at various motor club events.

Gordon was community minded and he regularly attended Queanbeyan Council, now QPRC, meetings where he spoke his mind and was evicted from meetings on occasions.

In recent years Gordon’s health became an issue and he spent the last couple of his years in the Queanbeyan Nursing Home where he passed away in June of this year.

Several STHARC members attended Gordon’s funeral on 27 June; we gathered at Wynn’s home (with a number of other mourners) to journey to the Queanbeyan Lawn Cemetery with our classic cars as well as a cavalcade of motorbikes for a grave-side service which included an RSL service.

Drinks were back at the Tigers Club, but I chose to simply go home with my memories.

Digital licences being trialled in NSW.   Thursday, 4 July 2019

(Source: 7NEWS Sydney)

Digital licences will be rolled out state-wide next month.

Drivers in New South Wales could soon be nabbed for using their phone without even knowing they are doing something wrong.

Next month, digital licences are being rolled out statewide after successful trials in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, Albury and Dubbo.

But Service NSW, which conducts driving tests and hands out licences, warned drivers not to immediately pick up their phone when they’re pulled over by police.

“As per current NSW road rules, motorists are not permitted to touch their smartphone or device to access their Digital Driver Licence until they are requested to do so by NSW Police,” a Service NSW spokesperson told 7NEWS.com.au.

“Significant penalties apply for using a mobile phone illegally,” the Service NSW website says.

The opt-in digital licence, which is not mandatory, will mean motorists have unique identifying barcodes.

Drivers are being warned not to pick up their phones until police ask them to.Image: AAP

While Service NSW encourages drivers to keep their plastic licence cards on hand, they won’t be penalised if it’s forgotten.

“The Digital Driver Licence is a legal form of ID and should be accepted on its own,” a spokesperson said.

The Service NSW website also reminds drivers to make sure phones are charged and screens aren’t cracked.

The new digital licences can also be used to get into participating licensed venues.

“There are no plans to phase out plastic car licences.”

Motorists will need to download the Service NSW app on their smartphone and connect their account to Roads for the digital licence.

A PIN will need to be set up to access the licence.


Letter from NRMA concerning Insurance of Classic Vehicles on the 60 day log book scheme.

NRMA VVC Club Plate Use

Renewal of Membership for 2019-20

It is drawn to members attentions that Club membership renewal is once again upon us.
Go to (Renewal Form) download the form and complete both sides. Ensure vehicle information is accurate. Email form and direct deposit receipt to the registrar (registrar@stharc.org.au) or alternately print form, fill out both sides and give to John and pay treasurer at the May/June meeting.

Membership renewal fee of $50 is due no later than July 1st, 2019


Pay by direct deposit to STHARC Bank account.

Details Bendigo Bank BSB 633000 Account 164876989

Reference: (please write your name so we know who paid.)




No REGISTRATION = No Third Party Insurance


A drop from the Council of Heritage Motor Clubs to keep you going

  • The Trial of 60 day Log Books for HVS and CVS will conclude in September
  • From then, RMS will decide whether Log Books should become a permanent arrangement, and if so, whether any changes need be made
  • Prior to this, RMS will be conducting an online survey relating to the Log Book
  • The Survey will be conducted in the last weeks of May,
  • CHMC has provided RMS with Affiliated Club’s digital contacts for this
  • It is understood that both Clubs and individual members may take part in the
  • CHMC will be hosting an open forum at the Griffith AGM to gauge members input to its response to the Survey and to elaborate if needed in a separate and formal Council response to the
  • Clubs delegates to the AGM should be aware of, and be prepared to provide, all aspects of their Club’s views to the Griffith
  • We encourage Clubs and members to take part in, and make carefully considered responses to the RMS

Peter Wright (RMS Liaison) phone 0417 250 798

More information about this, and other items of interest, can be found on Council’s website:


Tribute to a founding member Garry Hatch

Suddenly Gone but Never Forgotten, our Mate.

Garry Hatch “Hatchie

By John Thomas and John Corbett

The sudden passing of one of our popular and well-known members saddens us all. He was a Foundation member of the STHARC club and in the early stages was one of the office bearers who got the club firmly on our feet. Well known for his astute financial advice and Treasurer’s role. Another skill was with the cooking of steaks on the club BBQ.

I had the honour of meeting Garry in the initial forming of the club stages. Albert and John Corbett have been lifelong friends. We have had many enjoyable trips, dinners, lunches and events together. He cost us a night’s accommodation at Corowa due to his liking of cheese, wine (crucified grapes) and ice cream, but we had a lot of laughs!

Garry and Ros were inseparable; they enjoyed exploring new places, towns and novelty shops and made easy traveling companions.

Garry loved driving Ros’s family Ford Prefect and it was always packed within an inch of its life but always had room for another trinket for Ros or the grandchildren. They preferred to take the rear position in a club convoy as the little Prefect take just that bit longer to climb the rolling hills but certainly made up for it on the long flat stretches.

Garry was excited when he purchased his 1955 Dodge. This car was faster and had a lot more storage capacity for all those trinkets, wine even the odd train set.

I enjoyed our quick (healthy??) lunches and croquet matches during the working day. He was a sheet metal worker and helped us create our designs of letterboxes into reality (sorry we did not get the ‘emu’ done, a bit challenging Tracey).

Farewell Garry



There is a current issue where people are not forwarding a copy of their registration papers to the Club Registrar.

It is a Roads & Maritime Service and ACT Road Transport Authority requirement that clubs must hold a current copy of each member’s registered vehicle.

If they don’t, the vehicle is deemed unregistered by the above Authorities. It is the owner’s responsibility that the registration copy is sent to the Club Registrar, either by person, mail or email.

If the Club Registrar does not have a copy of your current registration papers, the required paperwork for your renewal will not be processed.

J. Corbett

STHARC Club Registrar

Committee Member wanted.  STHARC have  a vacancy for a Vice President.

Please contact the committee if you are willing to fill one of these positions.
From Hugh Spencer

Importing of Cars from USA

I like many people had thought that importing classic cars from the USA was effectively no longer possible due to new Australian Asbestos rule enforcement  issue. Turns out my importing company have a certified agent here in long Beach who happens also to be an Australian who can certify vehicles for asbestos free export and import into Australia. So obviously there is a cost to getting your Packard Chevrolet or Ford declared asbestos free but it can and is being done. 

I am using CFR Rinkens Nigel (This company is very large and deals with exotics etc) for the export of my  Indian motorcyle and Ivan from Bikes abroad who is my Australian agent. 

Renewal of Membership 

Go to STHARC Membership Renewal Form download the form and complete both sides and Email form and direct deposit receipt to the Registrar & Membership Secretary (registrar@stharc.org) or alternately print form, fill out both sides and give to John Corbett and pay treasurer at the June meeting.
Membership renewal fee of $50 is due no later than July 1st, 
Pay by direct deposit to STHARC’s Bank Account @
Bendigo Bank
BSB 633000       Account 164876989
Reference: (please write your name so we know who paid.)


Following discussions with the CHMC over concerns that historic vehicles that had been converted to RHD may have to be transferred from the Historic Vehicle Scheme (HVS) to the new Classic Vehicle Scheme (CVS) the Roads and Maritime Service has amended the Historic Vehicle Scheme policy to allow vehicles with a left-hand (LHD) to right-hand drive (RHD) conversion to be registered in the Scheme. An RMS factsheet explains the policy change (download below) and the RMS webpage for Historic Vehicles has been updated to reflect the policy change.

“Vehicles with a left-hand drive to right-hand drive conversion which are currently registered in the Historic Vehicle Scheme may remain in the scheme.” Applications for new HVS registrations should  “produce certification documentation to support the Historic Vehicle Declaration for a vehicle with a left-hand drive to right-hand drive conversion.”   RMS18.706                          

RMS Factsheet – LHD to RHD HVS 9 Feb 2018.pdf

Article in latest edition of “THE BUSH TELEGRAPH”

An article from another magazine which deals with motor vehicle electrics. It may have some useful information for members. Link to Magazine.

All Bush Telegraph magazines available through the LINKS menu of the STHARC web site.


Notice from the RMS Effective 18/01/2018

Withdrawal of AIS Notice 35 and AIS Notice 35 FAQ

In December 2017, RMS issued AIS Notice 35 and FAQs. These notices advised we couldn’t accept certificates issued under Engineering Certifications Scheme (ECS) when establishing registration for modified or individually constructed vehicles. In response to feedback from our customers about some of the unintended impacts of this change, RMS is working closely with clubs, motoring enthusiasts and other stakeholders to review this policy. Subsequently AIS Notice 35 and the FAQs have been withdrawn. Owners of vehicles certified under ECS, which are not currently registered, should not take any action to re-certify their vehicles until the review is complete and owners of currently registered modified vehicles should note there are no changes to their ability to renew their vehicle’s registration or to their vehicles registration status. We apologise for any inconvenience and expect to be able to provide customers with greater clarity and certainty on the issue shortly.

Roads and Maritime Services, AIS Online, Friday 19 January 2018.


The Robert Shannon Foundation (Important information for members below the age of 30).

The Robert Shannon Foundation was established in 2003 to perpetuate the memory of Robert Shannon, founder of Shannons Insurance, who died unexpectedly in March 2000. Robert was an avid classic car enthusiast, who especially enjoyed his 1930 Invicta S Type. He was a strong supporter of the historic motoring movement and was concerned that it was not attracting enough younger people, particularly in the areas of the preservation and restoration of classic vehicles.
The Robert Shannon Foundation has no connection with the Shannons Insurance organisation. All correspondence related to the Robert Shannon Foundation should be sent to the Robert Shannon Foundation through the relevant State Council  The purpose of the Foundation is to encourage people under the age of 30 to become involved in the restoration and preservation of veteran, vintage, post-vintage, historic 50’s, historic 60’, historic 70’s and historic 80’s vehicles up to 30 years old. Robert Shannon Foundation Webpage
The Foundation may:
–  help with the purchase of specialist tools or equipment
–  assist with the actual cost of restoration work
–  contribute toward TAFE or other fees
–  contribute toward any project considered worthwhile by the Trustees.


Charlie McCarron was known to some members of STHARC.  He was the owner of the local Holden dealership in Canowindra which was subsequently turned into a motor museum. Charlie passed away on 16 August 2017.  Details are at Canowindra news.com.au.


No club membership means NO CONDITIONAL REGISTRATION of your vehicle.

Link to membership renewal form to be completed and passed to Registrar. 


SERVICE ONE Alliance Bank

BSB 801 009 Account 1141200

Reference is your name so we know who has made the transfer.

CVS Club Package  Link to guidelines and documents required on getting your vehicle certified for CVS registration (Modified Vehicles)


As discussed at the 7 March meeting, STHARC has made a decision to participate in the CVS.  Chris asked at the meeting if STHARC would be prepared to host a regional meeting at which interested clubs and vehicle owners associated with CHMC could meet with officials of CHMC for briefings.  There did not seem to be any objection to the idea from those present.  Committee should formalize its response to this at its next meeting.  Chris suggested that if we are to do something it probably needs to happen in April and the sooner the better.

The hard copy of the documentation is held by myself and is available to any committee member who wants to access it.  The documentation attached should be loaded onto our website for members to access.

I am attaching my version of the minutes from tonight’s meeting for consideration and comment.  If there are no obvious issues it is the version I intend to treat as the minutes of the meeting for publication in the next newsletter.

Lawrie Nock

Secretary, STHARC

On Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 0:44, Chris Hillbrick-Boyd <secretarychmc@gmail.com> wrote:

CHMC Affiliated Clubs

Dear Club Secretary,

Attached is the CVS Club Package that provides the guidelines and documents for registering vehicles on the CVS.

CHMC reiterates that CVS is not compulsory and that your club may not wish to participate and do not intend endorsing applications for CVS registration.

As stated by the CHMC President, CHMC is committed primarily to preservation of the HVS, and is participating in CVS primarily for the benefit of those Clubs which have members with vehicles that do not properly fit within the guidelines for HVS.

Also, CHMC is prepared to conduct regional Forums, the first of which is scheduled to be at Inverell on Saturday April 1, 2017.

Should any Club wish to host or co-host such a forum please contact me as soon as possible.

Kindest regards

Chris Hillbrick-Boyd

Secretary, CHMC

Delegate to CACTMC   


The Classic Vehicle Scheme (CVS)

Council of Heritage Motor Clubs (CHMC) approval as a Classic Vehicle Scheme (CVS) Approved Organisation.

CHMC was notified today by email from the RMS that our application to be an Approved Organisation for the issue of Classic Vehicle Scheme registration to financial members of clubs affiliated with the CHMC was granted by RMS.  Concurrently with the notification, the RMS website was updated to reflect this approval.

 The RMS website to view details is: www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roads/registration/get-nsw-registration/classic-vehicles/index.html Click on Classic Vehicles and go to Classic Vehicles:  Background.

This approval does not mean that all clubs affiliated with CHMC have to take up the CVS.  Rather it is a club by club decision.  CHMC as an Approved Organisation gives those affiliated clubs the opportunity to access CVS if it is their Club’s decision to do so.

The process CHMC will be adopting differs from that published by ACMC and its affiliates, and will initially not involve the management fee charged by that organisation.  CHC is organising the supply to Clubs of the necessary application forms and guidelines for members who wish to participate in CVS.

A further detailed announcement will be provided to all Clubs as soon as this is done, as will arrangements for regional and Clubs visits as proposed in my letter dated 12 December 2016.

Warmest wishes

Ray Ives

President C.H.M.C.

22 February 2017


Important for Club Members

The Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) introduced the Classic Vehicle Scheme (CVS) on 19 December 2016, that includes standard and modified vehicles weighing no more than 3.5 GVM.

This new scheme does not replace the Historic Vehicle Scheme (HVS) but is a new scheme that allows modified vehicles to be registered on Conditional Registration with all the benefits that such schemes provide for our club members.  As with the Historic Vehicle Scheme (HVS), vehicles must be at least 30 years old and the club member must be a financial member of STHARC (which is an approved RMS historic club).

The Classic Vehicle Scheme (CVS) encompasses modifications to eligible vehicles that are within the ambit of RMS VSI 6.  Any vehicles that do not meet the RMS VSI 6 must have an engineers’ certificate by a certified VSCCS approved member. 

If you believe you have a vehicle eligible for registration under Classic Vehicle Scheme (CVS), whether currently on full registration, on Historic Vehicle Scheme (HVS) or a new registration, do not hesitate to contact the STHARC Registrar to become familiar with the process for Classic Vehicle Scheme (CVS) registration.

The RMS has notified appropriate Councils and Associations that it expects all approved RMS historic club members who may have vehicles that meet the new Classic Vehicle Scheme (CVS) to move across to this scheme.   A “period of grace” has been given to members to do this, after which any vehicles found on Historic Vehicle Scheme (HVS) that are found to be modified will incur fines for both the club member and the club. 


Wearing of club membership badges

The membership of STHARC has increased by about one third since 2015.  This means a lot of new faces and names for existing members and for the new members even more new faces and names.  The Committee considered a suggestion from a club member that we should actively encourage members to wear their name badges at club meetings and events.  This simple courtesy will help all of us to associate more easily.  It was decided that the club will purchase some stick on name tags so that members who have forgotten their badges can be easily identified by other members who do not already know them.

Would club members please make a special effort to wear their club badges to future meetings and events. 


Members. If you missed Jennifer Douglas’s story on the Fergie tractor at Wentworth, (Hazel on Landline) catch up with ABC Open.   Click Here.


  UPDATE 11th August 2016 from    Council of ACT Motor Clubs Inc.

URGENT Council Communique – August 2016

 Official complaint received from RTA about club members offering their vehicles for hire:

It has been brought to the attention of the Road and Traffic Authority (RTA) in the ACT that car club members are advertising their vehicles for paid hire for school formals and weddings. Most advertising is through social media.

Unless the vehicle is accredited to be used as a hire vehicle and the driver holds a W classification on their driver’s licence it is illegal and an offence under section 75 of the Road Transport (Public Passenger Services) Act 1999 for a person to pretend to be accredited to operate a hire car service for reward.

The RTA have advised that inspectors will be actively attending end of year formals to check unlicensed vehicles participating in end of year school formals. Additionally the Authority will be contacting people who place advertisements on social media websites who are not accredited, but advertising their services.

Such behaviour reflects badly on the car club movement and anyone found to be not abiding by the rules and regulations concerning hire vehicles should be ashamed of themselves and their club should take appropriate action to discipline them.

It is not illegal to use a CRS registered vehicle to take friends and relatives to school formals and weddings provided

No fees are to be charged.

Thank you

If unsure of your circumstance please contact STHARC Committee,

Contact the Web Master if you have news that will be of interest to members and would like it to be entered on this page.

Malcolm Roxburgh


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