May is always the month that the Bathurst Historic Car Club hosts its “Gold Country Car Rally”. We have been involved in this to varying degrees over the last 25 years. Here are a couple 2014 and 2013.
This year was the first year that we were actually able to enter the rally, as it has always only been for cars. Now motorcycles are able to enter, so we jumped at the chance, taking “Olga” the old girl for the run.
The starting point is always at Mount Panorama. We were delighted when the day dawned warm and blue.
Mick is always involved in the marshalling of the cars. This year some natty little signs were introduced, rather than the fellows just pointing. Mick had to test it out. I worry about that boy at times.
We marshalled at the first corner so that we could then jump on the end of the line of cars and enjoy being a part of the rally. Of course we had quite wait till the first cars came through, so I had a play with my camera.
Finally they started to come past. There certainly was a variety of vehicles – about 70 all tolled.
After we had done our duty we tagged onto the end of the rally. There was still lots of autumn colour in the trees.
It was nice just plodding along.
The marshalls did a sterling job keeping everyone on the
straight windy and narrow. Some of them really did it tough, sitting back in the sunshine.
Mind you, I think a couple of them may have been taking the micky out of us.
The route we took this year was one that was new to the rally. Our mid morning regroup was at Lake Canobolas, which was looking a treat.
It was rather glorious travelling among the orchards and vineyards.
Our lunch stop was at the historic village of Millthorpe, with the cars parked in the school grounds
The museum provided us with lunch. If anyone went hungry it was their own fault.
There is even a little craft shop in the museum grounds.
And some rather clever sculpture as well.
It was good to see our little band of bikes on display.
Once again I had fun playing with my camera, taking photos of car grilles. What a variety there are and how different the cars look from this angle.
And you have to have a few badges thrown in for good measure.
I think this was one of the best rallies that we have had. The committee is fairly new and came up with a terrific run and perfect weather. It goes to show that new blood is often good, keeping things fresh.