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Council of Heritage Motor Clubs NSW (CHMC) Annual Rally

8 – 12 April 2021  Temora, NSW 2666

Host Club:  Temora Antique Motor Club (TAMC)

by Allan Boyd & Chris Hillbrick-Boyd

Rally Headquarters: Temora Greyhound Club (TGC)                       Rally Director:  Les Buckley

TAMC organised a well-run rally over 5 days from Thursday 8 April until the morning of Monday 12 April.  There were over 100 entries and about the same number of vehicles.  The first two days were registration days with ongoing morning and afternoon teas that included home cooked goodies.  Yum!  Country cooking and hospitality at its best. 

Allan and Chris arrived into Temora late lunchtime on Friday after travelling via Harden and Wallendbeen where the bridge over the train line had been knocked down after a truck side-swiped the bridge.  Large concrete blocks blocked the Burley Griffin Way and signs directed traffic to detour via Cootamundra and Junee to Temora.  Nonplussed we stopped and were wondering how we could find a shorter detour when a local man showed us a 2km detour through Wallendbeen and we were back on Burley Griffin Way on the other side of the missing bridge.  We set up our A’van at the Temora Caravan Park in town close to the Temora Rural Museum.  From our A’van we could see over the back fence the Museum’s “retired” Westpac rescue helicopter and a couple of ambulances amongst the various discarded machinery.

Friday night was the CHMC AGM held at the Temora Ex-Services Club.  Prior to the Friday night meeting, most participants were found lining up at the Ex-Services Club’s small Bistro.  John Corbett (STHARC’s delegate) and Pam arrived in time for the meeting.  The meeting went well and was interesting without being overly controversial.  Following the meeting was an interesting session entitled Editors Corner – led by CHMC Committee members Jenny Fawbert and Barry Garment.  This was the end of the CHMC formalities for the weekend.

Saturday morning commenced at the TGC with an Official Welcome by the Temora mayor and then followed morning tea.  Allan had entered his 1961 BMW R60/2 and Chris was to be pillion.  Leaving the caravan park Chris managed to get onto the bike okay but getting off proved to be difficult and Chris needed help from a friend.  Lunch stop was the heritage village of Ariah Park about 35 kms west of Temora.  Chris decided that Allan could ride by himself and she arranged to be a passenger in friends 1955 Rover “Cyclops”car.  Lunch was at the local bowling club. 

The Ariah Park village organised for the main street at the end of the village to be closed off for the display of the Rally vehicles and other heritage vehicles.  One such vehicle was the local pastor’s 1914 Alldays & Onions rare car.  Allan had seen the car at the pastor’s garage during our March visit to Ariah Park, but it was my first opportunity.  It is amazing to see beautifully restored vehicles that are over 100 years old and still going.  There were a number of veteran and vintage cars participating in the Rally and seeing them lined up together was a wonderful sight. 

On leaving Ariah Park, participants had a number of options to choose:  a trip to Coolamon, return via Barmedman or back to Temora detouring via a TAMC member’s military vehicle collections.  Allan rode back to the caravan park, whilst Chris’ friends chose the military vehicles – varying from large trucks, small tanks, tractors on tracks (not wheels), utes (Australian and American) and other wheeled vehicles.  Saturday night was a well-organised BBQ at the TGC.  On each table was a part from Bevan’s workshop (TAMC member) and each table was asked to guess what it was and its use. 

Bevan then went around to identify each piece.  Some of the suggestions were quite hilarious.  Good entertainment whilst waiting for our turn for dinner.

Sunday commenced with an ecumenical worship service, followed by a delicious morning tea.  The Show & Shine display was at nearby Lake Centenary but it took some time organising each participating Clubs vehicles to drive the short distance.  Although the Lake has a large carpark, it was on the  surrounding grassed areas that vehicles were displayed.  CHMC offers a number of trophies  that participants vote in as well as some chosen by a team of experts.  The array of vehicles from veteran to classic was amazing.  Another of the veteran’s was a Little whose owners had left Canberra for the warmth of Brisbane, but brought the vehicle back for the rally.  Allan’s motorbike was accepted to participate in the Concours d’Elegance.  Although the day was sunny the cool wind took the edge off the warmth.  By mid afternoon most vehicles had left Lake Centenary and it was free time until the Presentation Dinner that evening at the Temora Ex-Services Club.  Allan and I took the opportunity to load the motorbike into the back of the Green Dragon aka our VW Caravelle.  

In 2020 CHMC had arrangements to celebrate 50 years of the Council at the Half Yearly Meeting, but the Covid health restrictions had caused these to be cancelled.  TAMC decided that the Presentation Dinner would be a good time to celebrate CHMC’s 50th anniversary. 

When we walked into the function room we were surrounded with gold and white decorations  – balloons on the tables, serviettes, scattered 50 sprinkles, and a beautifully decorated gold and white decorated cake.  Between courses trophies were announced.  Allan won Best Motorcycle (well his was the only bike – but well deserved), however, a lovely red and black MGB won the Concours d’Elegance.  At the end of the evening the cake was cut and pieces handed out to all diners. 

A Farewell Breakfast was offered at the TGC on Monday morning for all participants, and included more of the morning tea slices, cakes etc.  Allan and I packed up our A’van and met a couple of our friends who were travelling back with us as far as Harden again using the “short cut” detour at Wallendbeen.  We had morning tea together and then left them to do a day trip loop via Cootamundra and Junee back to Temora.  Lunch was at Murrumbateman and then home to unpack and collapse.  We thoroughly enjoyed the Rally and recommend STHARC members to consider attending the 2022 CHMC Rally – host club will be announced soon. 

Quite a few photos from the CHMC Temora Rally are on CHMC’s Facebook page including the veteran & vintage vehicles including Allan’s motorbike:       facebook.com/CHMCNSW/photos/

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