PRESIDENTS REPORT FEBRUARY 2019
TODAY – Thank you to the members of the Morris Car Club and Tim and Debbie for looking after us so well.
Marong Picnic – This year its on the 25th August.
Bendigo to Castlemaine Run – This event for 2019 will start with an excellent breakfast at Bendigo Club rooms and we thank the members of that club for looking after us so well. This is a great day and more vehicles would be welcome. Thanks to those who have supported this event in the past.
Mortlake Picnic 24th March 2019: Again this great event will be held at Tee Tree Lake picnic area in the centre of Mortlake. Lots of interesting vehicles and some prizes on the day. Catering by the local School Mothers Club is one not to be missed.
Wunghnu Picnic 30th & 31st March 2019 – This will be where the next Golden Oldies starts from. This is a great event and has been going for over 30 years. Items on display include stationary engines, tractors and tractor pull and vehicles of all shapes and sizes. On site catering is excellent.
Scoresby Picnic 31st March 2019 – For 2019 we will have a clash of events at this venue on our usual date. By moving dates we will also clash now with Wunghnu and Golden Oldies. As we all know there are not enough weekends any more. Please do come along and have a great day though. Prizes and lots to see.
Kerang Picnic Day 19th May 2019 – First time for this event with Federation sponsorship and the day after the Delegates meeting. Please come along and support this one. This ties in with National Motoring day as well. This will be an annual event and the location will be shared by Kerang, Echuca, Deniliquin and Swan Hill.
2018 Open Rally 2020 – With the AHMF National rally in Albury 28th March to 3rd April 2020 will you still be looking for a Federation event as well in a location in Victoria?
Golden Oldies August 2019 – Again sponsored by RACV. This will start from the Wunghnu picnic 2019 and travel up into the mountains and the views will be excellent at that time of the year. Please see John or Margaret Davis for more information. 55 entries so far.
AHMF’s National Historic Motoring Day 19th May 2019 – National Motoring day all over Australia. Please let us know what your Club is doing to celebrate this National day.
AHMF National Event 28th March to 3rd April 2020 At Albury and a Hub Event – The 2020 event is fully organised. Christine has done a lot of work to make it all be as good as it possibly can be. Now all we need please is your entry. John Kennett will explain more on the roads that will lead everyone to Albury.
Club Permit Scheme – John Lewis advised that he will be attending this event.
Australian Historic Motoring Federation – AGM will be held in Springvale on the 13th and 14th July. We are looking for items to be placed on the Agenda please.
Robert Shannon Trust – Applications to be sent to Federation Committee at the start of June please and then they will go to the AHMF by the end of June.
Younger Members on Federation Committee – I hope that Delegates have discussed this back at your clubs. We have not heard of any younger Delegates coming along though.
100 Years Veteran to Vintage 2019 – This will be celebrated in 2019. Badges have arrived and these will be handed to Veteran and Vintage vehicles that attend Federation events in 2019. But you will only get ONE for the year for each vehicle.
WWW Federation Site: part of the existing site which we thought was cancelled was hacked by unknown people and a Porn Site established. That has been removed and cancelled. Our usual site was stopped. Its now rebuilt and I encourage you all please to have a look and advise all members of your Club to look at WWW.federation.asn.au.
26th to 28th April 2019 Historic Tractor and Machinery Swap Bendigo – This year we are holding a trek for all tractors to travel from the Bendigo Show Grounds to Goornong for lunch. That is the day after Anzac Day so a good day to have off work. Then over Saturday and Sunday morning there will be a display of tractors old and new and especially Farmall A, B , H & M models. John Deere A & R and 730 models. Plus historic engines, trucks and implements. Both large sheds at the show grounds need to be filled with swap sites and displays.
Luxury Car Tax: I have drafted a letter to go from the AHMF to the Treasurer explaining the penalty that someone importing an historic vehicle over 25 years old into the Country has to pay. Yet an importer of any other collectable item pays no additional tax. Some Delegates say that we need to send in a larger submission but will it be read then if to large. I am not sure but at least we will get something in soon. There is another approach that AHMF is looking at as well and that is to join the Association of Importers of Vehicles into Australia and join in with them in their try to get the LCT lifted on all vehicles. They also have a Lobbyist working in Canberra for them and hopefully we can have the LCT letter delivered direct to a head member of the Treasurers staff and they can discuss direct.
Asbestos In Vehicles: We have heard no more form the Border Force people in relation to this. The Importers Association mentioned above was trying to get Warehouses set up in Major Cities where vehicle mainly get shipped into. This would enable the vehicle to be dismantled here in Australia and could be an advantage to the vehicle owner then. The Importers Association are bring a number of older vehilces here for customers now.
Thank you, Neil Athorn Ph: 0408 033 839
The 2018 event was a little larger in the numbers of public in attendance. Well done to the volunteers that came and helped out and provided income for your clubs. Sadly though 25 Federation Club members did not arrive to look after their allotted shift. If Delegates can please take this back to your Clubs please and let all members know that we run the minimum on shifts so non appearance places more work onto other volunteers and the Committee.
We are looking at a new way of doing the magazine.
Most other arrangements for 2019’s event will be the same as 2018.
A new Committee will be Formed early February.