2010 NRMA Motorfest - Australia Day

On a humid Australia Day this year, NRMA Motorfest celebrated 25 years. It showcased some of the best classic and vintage vehicles from around the state and as far as Brisbane. There was everything from old Kombis, veterans & vintage & classic vehicles, buses, trucks, vintage caravans & old fire engines, vintage motorcycles and cars from the speedway, Macquarie and College Streets sure had something for every car enthusiast. The array of vehicles on hand was amazing and it was great to see such a big turnout of Hudson AMC Club cars. The Club was fortunate to feature in several photos in the most recent edition of Open Road from a previous Motorfest as a promotion for the day.

A great day as usual again this year with approximately 1200 vehicle in attendance. This year NRMA was celebrating 90 years. The top of Martin Place was transformed into a timeline and showcase of NRMA's history. Complete with historical memorabilia including old Open Roads and grille badges, NRMA Ambassadors were happy to share NRMA's history with those interested. Electric vehicles and a designer's perspective on a possible future NRMA patrol uniform also featured. At 12pm in Martin Place, Wendy Machin, President of NRMA Motoring & Services marked the birthday occasion by cutting a 90th birthday cake. There were many displays depicting the long history of the NRMA which was enjoyed by all.

We were again blessed to have our special spot in front of Hudson House in Macquarie Street. The day started with the customary BBQ breakfast on the footpath outside Hudson House. Thanks to Tony & Wendy for organising the food and barbie and to the chefs, Mick & Mick Inc..

The day was full of fun & many laughs, as most got into the spirit of Australia Day with hats and other Aussie things. There was plenty of "Hubbing" and car discussion. There were plenty of visitors calling in to say hello and to talk about the cars on display. The 64 Rambler Classic of Michael & Carole's had a special visitor, its service mechanic for the first 10 years of its life. The Elliott's were joined by daughter Monique and grandsons Elliot & Angus. Katie, Andrew & Anara called in with Katie's parents & sister.

 It was a first time Motorfest run for the 65 "Flamin" Classic and its crew of Dianne & Glenn. Other Motorfest first timer cars were the Gold 64 Ambassador of Rohan & Sally, also Tony & Wendy's 68 Rebel together with Carole & Michael's 64 Classic & Greg Anthony's 67 Rebel. Les & Helen's also brought in the 65 Rambler Classic. The "Golden Oldies" end of our car display was well represented with The Elliott's in the 1919 Essex and Pat & John's 28 Hudson (full of bullet holes!), Harry & Deb's 34 Terraplane Ambulance, Colleen & Mick's 39 Hudson, Les & Helen's  42 Hudson Brougham (driven by Mark) & the Flickers 46 Hudson Coupe.
Rohan's 1964 Ambassador

This is a great day out and surely one that Club members should put on their calendars as it is a great experience held on Australia Day every year.

   

Late in the afternoon Madam Lash, Gretel Pinniger, called in to see the 74 Rambler complete with skeletons & talk to Gordon about "Stiff".