Welcome to February and 2024. The Christmas Party was a great success at Telarah Bowling Club with about 92 in attendance. Lots of games and raffles, and an auction, all supported our charities. Whilst there was no meeting in January, the twilight runs on January 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th were a huge success with one run attracting 49 people. Many thanks to Mick S and Mick W for their help, as well as their help with our display in Maitland Park on Australia Day. The 2024 club year has begun in earnest with our mid-week runs, and planning for our Autumn Overnighter and our June Long Weekend Run.

On our website there are photographs of many previous events. Have a look at photo galleries– you and/or your vehicle might be there! Likewise, our events are on the website and communicated by text twice weekly. There is a lovely Mercedes Benz in For Sale and Wanted.

Always remember to register your historic/classic prior to the due date. Use a system to remind yourself e.g. a calendar entry or a regular check of the documents in your glovebox. Prior to your registration being due, ensure that you have a current pink slip, that you make an appointment with a scrutineer, and drive your historic with the pink slip there with all  RMS paperwork and club paperwork. If you have a new HVS registration or a lapsed registration, you still only require a ‘pink slip’. Remember that for the convenience of members, the club also has a registration morning on the third Sunday of each month at Bakers Cottage from 9:00 to 10:00 am. Our next registration morning is Sunday February 18th, 9:00 am – 10:00 am at Bakers’ Cottage, or earlier for breakfast. Members are welcome to just turn up for a chat and coffee.

We have two mid-weekovernighters’ each year – one in autumn and one in spring. This autumn we will venture to Forster overnight on Wednesday April 3rd and return on Thursday April 4th. On Wednesday we will travel via The Buckets Way to Stroud (morning tea) and then through Gloucester to Manning Point (lunch). After lunch we will ‘beach hop’ south to Wallabi Point, then Halliday’s Point, Diamond Beach and the local beaches in Forster Tuncurry. We will stay at a motel close to one of the clubs, where we will have dinner and drinks. On Thursday will continue our drive south to Pacific Palms and have morning tea at Frothy Coffee Café at Smith’s Lake. From here we continue along The Lakes Way to Bulahdelah and then to the M1. We will have lunch at Hawks Nest Golf Club. EOIs are now open for this run and hopefully we will have all historic cars coming. So far, we have 8 cars and 14 people attending.

Over many years, each June Long Weekend we have had a weekend run. We have visited places including Stroud, Murrurundi, Coonabarabran, Gunnedah, Cowra, Mudgee, Orange, Wallerawang, Gulgong, Uralla, Port Macquarie and Urunga. This year we are going back to Uralla on June 8th – 10th. EOIs are now open for this run and hopefully we will have all historic cars coming. So far, we have 12 cars and 21 people attending.

Our tours continue in 2024. In September-October we will have our second regional tour to the Far South Coast and Southern Highlands of NSW. We will travel as far south as Eden, then return through Cooma, Canberra and Goulburn. It will be in the school holidays and be over about 10 days and include two nights in Mittagong/Bowral with colleagues from the Berrima club. This visit will see us defend our Trivia Trophy and seek to level the scores at 3 all.

Our next ‘off-the-bitumen’ bike and 4WD ride/rides will take place before Easter and will be based at Binnaway and Nundle. Texts will be sent out to ‘regulars’ well in advance.

When travelling together on a run, it is important to observe our run etiquette. Keep up with the car in front but also keep the driver behind you in sight. If they stop, you stop where it is safe to do so, then pull out safely. Please don’t pull out and then stop in the middle of the lane or try to ‘second-guess’ the run leader.

Throughout 2024, please drive safely and considerately. Hoping that you enjoy your historic and the pleasure it gives us on the road.

Ian Scanlon