2015

Heart of the Hunter

Heart of the Hunter 2015

It’s August, it’s Freemans Waterholes, it must be Heart of the Hunter time. Starting at Freemans Waterholes, traveling through the Hunter Valley to a finish at Potters Brewery, the Heart of the Hunter is a long established event organised by the Australian Historic Rally Group.

A very good field of 34 competitors lined up for the start in a very diverse group of cars from the traditional Datsun’s to the more exotic Porsche. We drove Yellow Duck Motorsports MK I 2500 with Jim in the driver’s seat, Jane navigating and David in charge of the video camera.

The route took competitors through Mulbring, Kurri Kurri, Ellalong, Bellbird, Branxton, Paterson, Vacy, East Gresford and on the lunch break at Dungog. All roads lead to Dungog, or at least that how it feels as you drive through the Hunter Valley as just about every intersection you come to the road sign will read ‘Dungog’.

After a great lunch, competitors headed south towards Clarence Town where just about every road in the town ship was under repair, then on through Seaham, Duns Creek, Woodville, Largs, Morpeth, East Maitland, Kurri Kurri and then on to the finish at Potters Brewery on the outskirts of Cessnock. . During the afternoon section we drove on some roads that I have never driven on before, which is saying something as I have been competing in rallies in the Hunter Valley for over twenty years so I was surprised to travel along some roads for the first time.

At the finish we were asked a number of questions which wereto be used as a tire breaker, we did not do to well when it comes to the answers.

The Heart of the Hunter is always a great relaxed event to go in, a great day out driving a classic car around the roads of the Hunter Valley.

Jim Pope

Lunch break at Dungog.

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Go to the links page and AHRG’s web-site for more photos and results.

All British Day

All British Day 2015

Fine weather greeted classic car owners for the 2015 All British Day held at King School near Parramatta. With last year’s event being cancelled due to bad weather a large number of classic British car owners brought their pride and joy out for a day of static action. A very large cross section of British cars were on display, parked on the football fields of King School,everything from modern Jaguars, to Old Land Rovers and everything inbetween kept the crowd entertained. The Austin Healy Sprite Club put on a large display as did the Mini Club but all clubs were well represented. Even some exotic super cars in the form of two McLaren’s were on display for everyone to wonder at, not to mention the older super cars like Lotus. The stand out car for me was an orange two door Leyland Marina on the P76 stand.

Yellow Duck Motorsport was representedbya TR7 Sprint parked amongst the Triumph Sports Owners Association Display.

The All British Day is well wortha look if you are interested in Britishcars, held in August each year.

Jim Pope

The TR7 parked amongst the other Triumphs.

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November 200, 2015

A new event replacing the Even Green Rally for this year started at Kearsley (Cessnock) and took competitors north through Gresford and on to the lunch break at Dungog (all roads lead to Dungog) from their competitors headed south through Clarence town and on to the finish at Seaham.

The event travelled along some roads that I have never driven on before, the road between Gresford and Dungog was outstanding.

The weather was perhaps not as good as it could have been but better than it might have been. Rain of and on throughout the day did not dampen competitors enjoyment of the event.

Fifteen competitors contested the event in a cross section of classic cars with a few modern cars throne in the mix.

Thanks to the organizers and officials for another great event.

Jim Pope

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Go to the links page and AHRG’s web site for more photos and results.

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