Orange NSW Veteran and Vintage Cars Only Rally

This report on the May 2011 Autumn Tour at Orange is reprinted (with permision) from the Bulletin of the Vintage Motor Club……….

The O.DA.M.C. Autumn Tour was commended to us as an excellent veteran and vintage cars only rally, hosted by the Orange District Antique Motor Club in Central West NSW.

Arriving at Rally HQ, the Orange Antique Motor Club’s converted old school house, on Friday May 6th  we were warmly welcomed, offered a snack and tea, handed our rally packs and then guided out to a lakeside stop near Mt. Canobolas. Were we impressed –  82 veteran and vintage cars all lined up and such a friendly bunch of people from all over NSW and Queensland. Everyone was talking about how great it was just to have a rally with only pre-1930 cars.

So many interesting cars to look at, and then there was the awesome natural beauty of autumn in the Central West. After the lake stop we toured in convoy to a winery and an olive grove – tastings included. Easy drive then back to the motels in Orange in the late afternoon light and plenty of time to get ready and chat before an easy walk to the Services Club for dinner.

Saturday was cool but fine and all 80 plus cars assembled, for photos and briefing, before the drive to Cudal for a huge country-style morning tea hosted by the school P&C, then more lovely country roads to Manildra and the historic Amusu Theatre. Having seen this  before most of our group settled in for a nice proper coffee and chat on main street Manidlra and a wander in the antique shop. The rally then moved along to Cumnock where we were again fed right royally by the Cumnock Show Society.

More looking over the vintage cars we still had yet to see close-up and then a very pleasant drive to Molong – we did enjoy the wonderful gelato at the local gelato factory.

Sunday night the Presentation Dinner at the Services Club was a most pleasant and well catered for affair, with lots of raffle prizes and awards to the owners of some most deserving cars. Every entrant received a nice presentation colour photo of their car taken that morning.

Sunday morning was quite cool but fine and the ODAMC members put on a great cooked brekky at their Club house. We were again overwhelmed by the friendliness of this group and their determination to ensure that everyone’s rally experience was a success. After farewells with old and new friends we left Orange about 9am. The journey homeward was a little slower than planned as the Olds developed fuel pump problems. Will we be there next Autumn Rally in two years time – you betcha! (extracted from VMC Bulletin, June 2011)

There’s 90 or so photos from this rally on Flickr at ODAMC Autumn Tour 2011 that brought out on the road a depth and breadth of makes and models not seen on rallies for many years.

This very succesful Autumn Tour seems to be part of a trend in veteran and vintage cars only rallies that is catching on all around the country. It’s not that V&V drivers don’t appreciate other old cars, in fact most of us have newer old cars in our garages, it’s just that a V&V rally is paced to suit the older cars and not the faster post-war cars that now predominate at rallies.  A V&V rally also gives those of us with vehicles with wooden frames, wooden spoke wheels and the other features unique to V&V cars a chance to talk to very like-minded and experiences restores and drivers.

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About motors of yesterday

Automotive historian who's owned, restored and rallied a number of vintage and 1930s to 1980s heritage cars and light commercial vehicles since 1968. My preference is American and Australian vehicles, but as an automotive historian I research all makes, English, Continental, North American and Australian. My automotive history research usually doesn't go beyond 1946 though. My specialisations are - Australian coach and motor body builders up to 1946 - Sydney and NSW's earliest motor vehicles - early long distance and interstate motor journeys, record attempts and trials up to 1939 - WW2 jeeps in Australian service - WW2 staff cars in Australian service
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