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19th national rally 2018

19 National Rally

National Rally - Email #4

Time is ticking away.

Thanks to all those people who have enthusiastically embraced the concept of a September rally.

Just a reminder of the rally dates.   21-23 September 2018.

Last month's bulletin had some valuable information about preliminary arrangements for the rally.

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Getting there and back .....

Wednesday 19th
Gather at MacDonalds at the BP Service Station (Outbound) 1015 Hume Highway, Wallan at 9.30 am.
Depart MacDonalds at 10 am. Lunch at Euroa. Overnight at the Boomerang Hotel Laverton Albury.

Thursday 20th
Gather in the Boomerang Hotel carpark at 8.30 am. Depart 9.00 am for Canberra. Lunch / Morning Tea at Gundagai.

Friday 21rd to Sunday 23rd. National Rally.

Monday 24th
Browse around Canberra (free day).

Tuesday 25th
Gather at [TBA] at 9.00 am. Depart at 9.30 am via Cooma staying overnight at Bombala.

Wednesday 26th
Gather at [TBA] at 8.30 am. Depart at 9.00 am via Cann River staying overnight at Lakes Entrance.

Thursday 27th
Gather at [TBA] at 8.30 am. Depart at 9.00 am for home.

My advice for accommodation is to book now because the homeward trip is in school holiday time.
If you require more information regarding the above, please contact me.
Mobile 0403 194 021 or email markparritt@gmail.com

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Just a reminder to check out our Facebook page which has had a great response:
 https://www.facebook.com/Morris-Minor-National-Rally-2018-Canberra-433630257069480/

Apart from info about the rally itself, it also has links to some of the great things happening in and around Canberra and Queanbeyan in September.

Entries are open
Click here to download the entry form.

Your speedy completion and return (and payment of the registration fee) will be a great help for our planning.

We'd prefer it to be electronic, but we will accept postage. See the form for details. The sooner you lodge it, the sooner we can include you in the emailed updates. In any case, entries should be lodged and registration paid by 20 July.

The numbers are creeping up steadily and the program is really coming together, setting the scene for a wonderful, warm weekend in September. We've had marvellous support from the Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council in our planning and great help from the venues for our two dinners, the Queanbeyan Roos Club and the Queanbeyan RSL Memorial Bowling Club.

Number 1 entry
While entries include a wide representation of years, models, and body styles, we'd love an example of a really early car. The symbolic Number One entrant number will go to the oldest car we have registered, but it will need to be pre-registered. You can't just roll up on the day with a '48 model and expect to scoop the pool.

Down to some detail about the program.

Friday

Registrations and activities at the Sutton Road hill climb circuit on Friday.  Midday - 5pm

Apart from getting a first glimpse of some of the great cars that will be gracing the Canberra region, we'll have a number of competitions to keep you busy.
The welcome dinner, starting at 7pm, in the Queanbeyan Roos Club, Stuart Street, will be a cracker and continue to build the 'friendly rally' atmosphere. It will be pay-as-you-go, a format that worked so well in Victoria last year. Check the club out: http://www.roosclub.com.au

Saturday

We'll be celebrating the best of the modern Morris Minors from clubs around Australia.

Queanbeyan Park A picture of a section of the venue, Queanbeyan Town Park
Click to enlarge the picture.

It's handy to Queanbeyan's town centre for shopaholics and youngsters will also be well catered for with the local council opening a great new playground in the park. We're planning to build the collegial theme with displays in club groupings. And speeches and formalities will be at a minimum, with an entrants' choice trophy, selected by people registered for the rally, and a limited number of other perpetual trophies. There will be no concours judging.
We'll celebrate the 70 year anniversary of the production of the first modern Morris Minor at dinner that night. This is a pay-as-you-go dinner at the Queanbeyan RSL Memorial Bowling Club, Yass Road, Queanbeyan from 7pm.

Sunday

We're planning a range of tour cruises that take in the best of what the region offers, with opportunities to lunch at some affordable eateries en-route and meeting back at the Sutton Road hill-climb centre for a final hurrah! And we are still open to suggestions if you would like to visit specific places in and around Canberra but you'd better be quick.
It will be your pick but we're aiming to have several groups of MMs zipping around the city and surrounds, each group led by a local, stopping somewhere nice for lunch and all arriving back at the Sutton Road Hill Climb centre for a final farewell cuppa.

One destination that will likely be on the itinerary will be the National Arboretum, which is well worth a cruise around for its wonderful views of the national capital from a fresh angle. Of course, you will be able to visit Mount Ainslie to view the triangular layout proposed by Burley Griffin for the national capital and enjoy the vista from the futuristic Black Mountain tower but accessing these in a standard MM may be a little bit of a challenge.
And don't forget, get in touch with your local MP to tee up a cup of tea in the house on the hill if you plan to get to Canberra early in the week before because our fly in, fly out 'workforce' will be up to their usual antics.

Trophies

We are keen to locate all perpetual trophies being held by recipients from previous years so we can discuss arrangements to have them returned in time.

Delegates' meeting

Saturday's proceedings at Queanbeyan Park will conclude with a brief meeting of club delegates, the main agenda item being the hosting, timing and location of the next Morris Minor Clubs of Australia National Rally. But it will also have the opportunity for other matters with due notice from clubs.
To enable agenda items to be circulated for proper consideration by clubs, they should be forwarded by email to  click here to this email address by no later than 25 June 2018.

Accommodation

For Queanbeyan, visit http://www.visitqueanbeyan.com.au/accommodation

If you want to stay in Canberra proper: https://visitcanberra.com.au/accommodation  or    https://visitcanberra.com.au/accommodation/caravan-and-camping and  http://visitcanberra.com.au/accommodation/self-contained

Some more useful information can be found here:  http://www.visitqueanbeyan.com.au/assets/pdf/Visitor_Information_Guide.pdf   and here:  https://visitcanberra.com.au/publications-apps-and-maps

What's on in the Canberra region in September A selection of events and places to visit while you're in Canberra.

The week before the rally i.e. 15-16 September is another big weekend for car buffs in Queanbeyan, with the Queanbeyan Swap Meet, the Big 3 Car Show and the American Car Nationals at the Queanbeyan Showgrounds:  http://www.visitqueanbeyan.com.au/events/ep/4

How about the Finders Keepers: Collectors and Their Stories exhibition in the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House?
 https//moadoph.gov.au/exhibitions/finders-keepers-collectors-and-their-stories/

Experience a space re-entry at the National Museum of Australia:  http://www.nma.gov.au/whats-on/events/space-descent

Go behind the scenes at Parliament House:  https://www.aph.gov.au/Visit_Parliament/Whats_On/Tours

Keep your eyes out for Next month's message for the latest news on your rally.

Get those entries in!!

Until next month, cheers

Canberra Region Morris Minor Club
Morris Minor Car Clubs of Australia 19th National Rally organising committee