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The end of this month sees the Great Lakes Historic Automobile Club cross the 30-year mark. In recent weeks, I have scanned my memory to think back to 1991 and the birth of the Club. So what happened to get GLHAC to form when Paul Keating was Prime Minister? I was a bank manager at the time and transferred from Coffs Harbor to manage the State Bank in Tuncurry. At Coffs Harbor, I had been vice-president of the Coffs Club. When I arrived with my two vintage buses, an ex-Sydney 1952 AEC Regal 3 and a ex-Kirklands of Lismore SB Bedford Coach from 1961, I noticed that no car club existed in the area. Allan and Jenny Curtis ran the fabulous Curtis Collection Museum in Angel Close, Forster. Allan and Jenny were my clients at State Bank. I quickly befriended them and their friend Colonel McDonald. Col was a local builder. Between them, they owned about forty old and classic cars and motorcycles. We discussed and I brought up the subject of starting a local automobile club. Col and Allan were enthusiastic from the first moment. We put the wheels in motion for the formation of the Great Lakes Historic Automobile Club. Our first meeting was at the Curtis Collection on December 30, 1991. GLHAC was formed primarily as a club for members and their families. Not just the automobile club, the cars were secondary. Allan and Col proceeded to bring the members together while I went through the legal and technical side of the setup. Our first official club outing was at One Mile Beach in Forster in February 1992. The same day we traveled in procession across the Forster Tuncurry Bridge. The parade was led by club president Colonel McDonald in his ex-Nat King Cole’s beautiful White Pontiac convertible. Col and Allan both left the area after a few years, but I served as secretary and magazine editor for 22 years. Vicki and I wish the members a very happy, safe and blessed Christmas. May the next 30 years be as good as the past 30 years. I have four day passes for Summernats in Canberra at the start of January. They are worth $ 58.50 each, to give away. To enter the raffle, email me your name and phone number at [email protected], Motoring news locally every Saturday at 5:00 a.m. on 101.5 Great Lakes FM and 10:00 a.m. on 106.5 Rhema FM. Also Sunday 2pm on 103.3 2TLP 2pm every Tuesday on 101.5 Great Lakes FM. Road Ramblings can also be heard around the world on the web by going to You can now find and listen to Road Ramblings on Facebook. Take a look and give us a like.




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