Welcome to the most important date on my calendar – the week of Saturday 28th March to Friday 3rd April 2020.
This is not "just another rally", not even a variation of the traditional rally. If you have been to Cooly Rocks, Chrysler's on the Murray, Golden Oldies Tours or Bay to Birdwood you will know there is more than one way to skin a cat. We are turning tradition on its ear; we are giving you something new, fresh, family-fun and affordable.
This festival cannot be compared with international events held in the 1970's and 1980's. Times have changed; attitudes have changed; peoples priorities have changed. All of the organising committee have come with new and different ideas. We have no preconceived ideas of what should or shouldn't or can or can't be done. We have the attitude of, "Why can't it be done!" We will deliver to you, a festival you will not want to miss!
AHMF is hosting an affordable and fun event for all to attend. We have secured partnership packages with all savings passed onto the entrants.
This event is to promote the historic vehicle movement and its contributions and benefits to Australia's economy. Australia's historic vehicle movement contributes hundreds of millions of dollars annually to our nations economy through restorations, vehicle running costs and events, along with donating enormous sums of money to charities. AHMF represents over 100,000 members. If each member was to spend just $1,000 annually, combined we would spend in excess of $100 million per annum. We ALL know $100 million per annum is well below the figure the historic movement contributes to Australia's economy; this does not even take restorations and other expenses into consideration.
All state and territory councils agreed to proceed with an AHMF all-make national event in 2020 (and possibly every 5 years in alternating states). This event is focusing on our "Next Generation" - our younger people driving historic vehicles. AHMF 2020 National Motoring Festival is the first major National All-Make Historic Vehicle event since the Shannons 2001 Tour in Canberra.
This event is open to all historic vehicles, 25 years and older and it is expected 700+ vehicles will participate. This is an AHMF event through ALL are welcome. If your club is not a member of an AHMF State/Territory Council, you are still welcome. (This event does not cater for Hot Rods, Street Rods or highly modified vehicles as they are represented by their own organisations.)
This is an international event. Most of us have friends overseas involved in the old car movement. Tell them about the Festival. Convince them to come along. Make it easy for them; lend them one of your spare vehicles. We already have attendees from Singapore and New Zealand. It will be great to welcome entrants from several other countries also.
We will showcase the fantastic motoring roads, scenery and attractions Albury-Wodonga districts on the Murray have to offer and, more importantly, we will have fun!
Historic Motorcycles groups are participating and, for the safety and enjoyment of all, the motorcycles will drive the same routes as the 4-wheeled vehicles BUT on different days.
We know John in his 1908 Renault, and Hart on his 1926 Harley and Sidecar, do not wish to cover the same ground as I will cover in my 1970 Morgan yet we are all eligible (and have registered). We have catered for all vehicles making it safe and enjoyable for all drivers/riders and passengers/pillions. There are shorter and longer routes available with "short-cut" options if needed.
To avoid congestion, we have a rolling-start from 8:30am to 9:30am daily, commencing from the SS&A Club in Albury (The Albury Sailors Soldiers & Airmen's Club Limited). This is our base for the festival.
The Closing Date & the Last Date to ensure details in the Tour Booklet was 31st January 2020.
Late entries are being accepted until 13/03/2020. However, after 15th February, the Souvenir Tour Booklet is at the printers. So entrants and vehicle details from late entries will not be included in the booklet.
So far we have 2 nominations for Youth Ambassadors. Do you with to nominate your child/grandchild? Click here for details.