Horsemen to lead vintage motor rally

Austustralian Light Horsemen  will be lead the procession in full dress .

Austustralian Light Horsemen will be lead the procession in full dress .

More than 60 historic and vintage motor vehicles will converge on the Great Lakes this weekend when the Great Eastland Hub Rally rolls into the district.

Organised by the Great Lakes Historic Automobile Club, the annual hub rally involves six regional historic car clubs which  take turns organising the rally on a rotational basis.

The group comprises clubs from Taree, Tamworth, Armidale, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour and of course Forster/Tuncurry, all of which are dedicated to the preservation of historic motor vehicles.

Highlighting this year’s rally will be the Saturday (October 22) street parade when these historic and magnificent machines make their way through Forster and Tuncurry’s main street from noon.

The parade will be led by four horsemen dressed in period uniforms representing the fourth and 12th Lighthouse Regiments in a tribute to the regiment’s famous charge on Bethsheba.

The parade, led by Rodney O’Reagan, will be recorded from a hovering drone as it crosses the bridge.

The cars will then continue on to Gloucester for lunch.

Sunday morning will see the vehicles on display in John Wright Park at Tuncurry, before heading to Bulahdelah for lunch, before returning to Nabiac via the old highway to visit the National Motorcycle Museum.

An assortment of novel driving events will be staged for drivers and participants will compete for an Olympic-style range of trophies.

Later in the day a presentation dinner will be held at Club Forster, during which the Olympic  awards will be presented to the winning drivers.

Monday morning sees competitors hit the road and head for home, with plans for the 2017 event already in the hands of the Armidale Club which then take over the reins for the next hub frally.

Full details of the weekend’s activities can be seen in posters at businesses throughout the Great Lakes.

Australian Light Horse were mounted cavalry and infantry troops who served in the Second Boer War and World War I.