2018 GOLD COUNTRY RALLY
The 2018 Gold Country Rally was a great success with just short of 80 cars participating. A small selection of photos from the rally follow, together with a copy of Elliot's rally report:
Rally Report 2018
On the weekend of the 26th and 27th of May the Bathurst Historic Car Club held its annual Gold Country Rally. Participants gathered at the National Motor Racing Museum for registration on Saturday morning before embarking at 9am. With over nearly 80 cars the precession took the vale road out through Georges Plains, Newbridge stopping for a regroup at Heritage park in Blayney. After a half hour stop we made our way to Mandurama via Neville and then on to our final destination Carcoar. Participants lined Icely St in spectacular fashion all the way from the bridge up past the fire station. We all enjoyed a lovely lunch at the Royal Hotel Carcoar who did an amazing job catering for 130 people. Many of those from outside the region remarked on how beautifully preserved Carcoar was. Despite the drier than usual landscape we were gifted a picturesque autumn day for both participants and locals to peruse the cars and explore the town.
This year heralded a change of venue for our presentation dinner to the Goldfields Bathurst. The 110 guests began to arrive from 6pm for drinks and canapés. After the main course trophies were presented to the winners of the age categories with our very own Ray Green taking out the pre 1930’s category in his Model T Ford. King of the rally this year went to Terry Dunn of Llandilo in his spectacular 1955 Buick Century and hard luck to our own Trevor Ryan who despite having broken down half way to Carcoar, trailered his car home, grabbed his bike and made it back in time for lunch. The food and atmosphere at the new venue were excellent and a good time was had by all.
At 9:30am participants again left the Motor Racing Museum for a brilliant little drive through Gormans Hill, up Rockley Mount, Lagoon and back via O’Connell. We all returned to another amazing homemade morning tea prepared by members of the BHCC. The morning tea I’m certain is the highlight of the rally for some and once again it did not disappoint with a vast selection of baked sweets and savouries with something for everyone’s taste. By noon participants were making their way home with full bellies and another weekend of good memories.
I would personally like to thank all the club members who turned out for this year’s Rally. 33 out of 79 participants were BHCC members taking part in our biggest rally in some years.
Thank you to all those who marshalled, you did a great job. We are always getting compliments about how we marshal our rallies in comparison to other clubs so.
Thank you to the amazing ladies who stayed back and prepared morning tea Sharon Hadson, Cathy Robinson, Kim Meyer, Karen Jones Victoria Theyers, Pat McKay and Emily Kitchen.
Thanks to Jim Pitcher who put his hand up to MC
A special thankyou to all those on the Rally committee who made the event possible, Steve Crain, Ken and Cathy Robinson, Ian and Sharon Hadson, David White, Ralph McKay and Wayne Lowe.