Trials & Rallies Reunion Weekend – Mid-North Coast NSW – November 3 & 4, 2012

A Trials & Rallies Reunion will take place during the weekend of November 3rd & 4th, 2012 to celebrate the era of Australia’s long-distance motoring events and car rallies that started back in 1953, when the Redex Round Australia Reliability Trial captured the interest of an entire nation and encouraged the growth of rallying in Australia that would reach its peak some three decades later.

The Reunion activities arranged by Will Hagon, Hal Moloney, Peter ‘Flash’ Flanagan and Dan and Rosie White are centred on the villages of Kendall and Kew and the forested foothills along the Mid-North Coast, NSW.

This was “Southern Cross Rally” territory during the seventies; however other events ranging from car club rallies to the London-Sydney Marathon will feature also and provide a wealth of stories for those who attend the Reunion.

The souvenir booklet being assembled will contain articles, personal recollections and photographs sourced from a variety of events, and also include travel instructions and maps for self-drive tours over rally sections of old. Several of the routes selected are now tourist drives on unsealed roads, whilst others comprise forest roads and trails currently used in special stage events.

We welcome any material that would be suitable for inclusion in the booklet, and all sources will be acknowledged.

Earlier this year Will Hagon opened his “Wonderful World of Wheels /Pit Stop” shop at Kew. Housed in a former service station building, Will’s incredible collection of motoring memorabilia, model vehicles and almost anything you care to name could keep enthusiasts enthralled for days. It is a perfect location for an informal gathering on Saturday morning as people begin to arrive– hopefully driving their trusty steeds of old.

The formal activities on the Reunion program all take place on Saturday, November 3rd, starting with the Welcome Ceremony and Official Flag Off at Will Hagon’s “Kew Pit Stop” at 2:00 pm.

Saturday evening’s functions will commence with the Reunion Dinner at 6 o’clock in Riveroaks Dining Room at Kendall RSL Club, and then continue in the RSL Club Auditorium with several guest speakers, and a number of significant achievements to be recognised.

We have booked the Auditorium at Kendall RSL Club to display all manner of rally stuff throughout the Reunion Weekend. Our goal is to acknowledge as many events as space will allow, up to and including the Castrol International Rallies held in the ACT during the early eighties.

Enthusiasts throughout Australia are invited to display “the best” of their rallying memorabilia. Even if you are unable to attend we would appreciate copies of printed material and photos. It would certainly be an impressive collection if the leading rallies in each state during those times were represented among the Reunion displays.

However we would prefer that you do not submit your original items for display – they are irreplaceable and far too valuable nowadays. Copies trigger the same memories and interest.

Please let us know if you are interested in attending so we can forward further information regarding the Reunion package along with details of rebates for “Early Bird” payments.

The souvenir booklet will be included in the Reunion package, and additional copies will be available for purchase.

We can provide a comprehensive list of accommodation details and tariffs, travel instructions to reach Kew via the Pacific Highway, and local maps highlighting the various venues at Kew and Kendall.

To contact the reunion organisers, please use email address:

drivecountryaustralia@gmail.com

Postal address:

Drive Country Australia

PO Box 5626

Port Macquarie NSW 2444

Phone contacts:

Dan White 0414 747 867

Rosie White 0427 172 559