National Motoring Heritage Day
History of the Event

 

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Updated 25.5.17

The National Motoring Heritage Day (NMHD) was developed at the Annual General Meeting of the Australian Motoring Federation (AHMF), of which the AOMC is a member. The aim was to promote and display Australia's strong motoring heritage and also show the community, business and government the strength of the Australian motoring movement. It is most fortunate that the Australian climate has been relatively kind to old motor vehicles and a varied range of early vehicles from Europe and North America still exist - some of which are believed to be the last remaining!

After much consideration in the AHMF, the NMHD was chosen to be the third Sunday in May each year and to be adopted in all Australian States and territories. The choice of this day would avoid any conflict with Mother's Day and allow Clubs to plan local events well ahead.

All motoring clubs are encouraged to participate in the event because, without promotion of our hobby, government and community support may gradually fade and concessional registration schemes may be lost. To further promote community support the AOMC has chosen to assist local communities with proceeds from NMHD rallies.

The following chronology is presented for historical interest and its accuracy may have been clouded by the aging minds of those who contributed. If you have any further information or recollections that can add to the information here you might care to advise the AOMC Office or the above Email address.

Date

Victorian Venue

Comments
2006 -- AHMF Develops the National Motoring Heritage Day
19.5.07    

18.5.08

Everywhere across Australia!  
17.5.09 Flemington Racecourse Carpark Held in conjunction with the AOMC Classic Showcase.
16.5.10 Flemington Racecourse Carpark Held in conjunction with the AOMC Classic Showcase.

15.5.11

Yarra Glen Racecourse plus -
elsewhere across Australia.
Inaugural separate rally event at Yarra Glen Racecourse with 5 starting points around the greater Melbourne area. This venue was chosen to assist the local fire damaged community. Over 500 vehicles attended. Trade stands operated under cover.

20.5.12

Yarra Glen Racecourse plus -
elsewhere across Australia.
Over 500 vehicles attended. Trade stands operated under cover.

19.5.13

Kings Park - Seymour plus -
elsewhere across Australia.
Inaugural event at this venue. Over 400 vehicles attended. Local sunday market operated in the display pavilion and outside. Shuttle bus transfer to Seymour Rail Coach Museum.

18.5.14

Yarra Glen Racecourse plus -
elsewhere across Australia.
Perfect weather saw about 400 vehicles attend. A shuttle bus provided transfer to Yering station market. Trade stands and food vendors on site.

 

   

18.5.15

Yarra Glen Racecourse plus -
elsewhere across Australia.
Pleasant weather saw over 400 vehicles attend. A shuttle bus provided transfer to Yering station market. A few trade stands and food vendors on site.  Queue for coffee!  Unfortunately a number of usually participating clubs ran events elsewhere.
     

15.5.16

Mornington Racecourse plus -
elsewhere across Australia.
A first time at this venue with 200 vehicles under clear skies.
     

21.5.17

Bellarine Estate Vineyard - Portarlington Rd, and
elsewhere across Australia.
A first time at this venue with over 200 vehicles on a grassy area under clear skies. Food stalls were on site to augment the restaurant plus a bus was available to take people to the local Drysdale market. A jumping castle (actually styled as a tip truck) was for the kids while there was a local musical/vocal entertainer for the adults. Entry donations were in support for a local charity.
     
     

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