CHMC FACEBOOK CONNECTS with 1,000s of historic and heritage motoring enthusiasts

Have you looked at CHMC's Facebook Posts and Photos? Thousands of enthusiasts in Australia and overseas regularly do, checking in on the updates and also submitting material. Our Facebook Administrator reports that some Posts have over a 1,000 visits within a few hours of uploading.

Recent widely viewed and shared posts included the authorised information from RMS  to NSW HVS owners regarding registration labels, and the photos from the 2018 Clarendon Classic.

Visit the CHMC Facebook page at HTTPS://WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/CHMCNSW/

$200,000 to preserve revolutionary race car

"The race car was built in 1929 by Melbourne brothers, Alan Hawker ‘Bob’ Chamberlain and Howard Francis ‘Bill’ Chamberlain. Both engineers, the brothers included a revolutionary engine in the race car which competed in multiple Grands Prix and hill climb events.

The Chamberlain 8 is believed to be the only racing car completely designed and built in Australia without the use of components from other makes. Some unique qualities of the vehicle include the four-wheel independent suspension and 8000 rpm engine. It is one of Australia’s most technically advanced and visually appealing race cars of the era. The Chamberlain brothers were among a group of prominent engineers who significantly contributed to Australia’s technological and motoring history.

The National Cultural Heritage Account provides support for collecting institutions like the National Motor Museum to acquire important pieces of Australian history to ensure they are kept in the country and enjoyed by the public." .

Media Release from the Commonwealth Department of Communications and the Arts 2018.


CHMC publishes here the notes from our February 2018  meeting with the agreement of the RMS Directorate. CHMC hopes that by our example all other NSW historic and classic motoring groups will be encouraged to be similarly transparent and forthright in making available publicly their discussions  with RMS for the benefit of all enthusiasts in NSW. Online access to meeting notes between the government and stakeholder representatives in Queensland have proven to be very beneficial to all clubs and members there, assisting in the distribution of authentic and appropriate information. 

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May 17 2018  “You can’t get full registration for a vehicle over 100 years old!”
Let’s get it straight here and now, and this is a direct quote from the RMS Director of Compliance and Regulatory Services - “The RMS system will allow the registration of vehicles where the compliance date is 1900 or later. There has been no change to the system that would prevent the full registration of a vehicle that is more than 100 years old (i.e. has a compliance/manufacture date of 1917 or 1916).” (Email to Ray Ives, President of the Council of Heritage Motor Clubs, 26 April 2018).
Apparently, a rumour that “You can’t get full registration for a vehicle over 100 years old” has been rolling around in some veteran and vintage circles for the last few months but when concerned delegates at the April Council of Heritage Motor Club’s AGM formally asked Council to investigate the matter was quickly attended to with President Ray Ives raising it directly with the RMS Director.
So, if there’s no problem at the RMS what is the real story behind this rumour?
Council made further enquiries and found that for vehicles 100 years or older on full registration Shannons Insurance couldn’t process a CTP renewal. To renew the age of a vehicle had to edited on the CTP application by the Shannons operator and then a renewal was issued, although the vehicle is then noted on its CTP as being younger than it is!
Some CHMC Committee members then tested this for themselves in the last few weeks and found that Shannons was indeed unable to accept vehicles over 100 years old for CTP.
NRMA Veteran & Vintage Insurance was also contacted and their Green Slip section said they are unaware of any such issue obstructing their 100 year or older CTP renewals.
The CHMC President then took the matter up with the National CTP executive at Suncorp, as Suncorp operates the software that Shannons and Suncorp’s other insurance agencies - GIO, AAMI and APIA use. The executive indicated that Suncorp will update their systems to allow green slip processing for any aged vehicle, but this may take a little time. Meanwhile Suncorp suggest that until this happens for vehicles over 100 years old the declared build date of the vehicle be indicated as less than 100 years. (Not ideal from Council’s perspective but works for Suncorp while they correct the system).
It has also been suggested that this issue at Shannons, GIO, APIA and AAMI will need correcting before we roll over into the vintage years at the end of 1919 as there are more heritage vehicles on full registration in the post-1919 era.
At this stage CHMC Committee has taken the matter as far as we can with the relevant agencies, though contact with Suncorp will be maintained to encourage them to expedite a solution.
So, when someone says to you that the RMS has stopped registering cars over 100 years old, tell them “that just isn’t so”.


Hosted by the Namoi Valley Antique Vehicle Club members over 90 vintage through to 1980s vehicles were displayed in Narrabri and Wee Waa and toured the sights of the Namoi region including spectacular Mt Kapatur, Santos gas fields, cotton faarms and the delightfully quirky Narrabri Fish Farm. The host Club's members treated entrants to good old-style country hospitality, lots of smiles and laughter, and of course great food. With plenty of good touring roads around Narrabri our heritage and historic vehicles were given ample opportunities to get out and about, and when on public display the local communities were very keen to see the vehicles and chat with their owners. Lots of 2018 Rally photos on the CHMC Facebook page and our website Gallery


The Federation of Australian Historical Societies has launched the Succession Planning Guide and Workbook for Historical Societies and Community Heritage Groups designed to assist groups to survive and thrive into the future. 

The Succession Planning Guide offers solutions to succession challenges. The step by step process helps you evaluate your situation, whether you are facing the challenge of diminishing membership, considering who will be the next President or how you can find that special person to take photographs.

This invaluable resource helps to identify and nurture the best people to achieve society goals over the next two, five or ten years. It helps safeguard the critical work of members and volunteers so that it continues well beyond their involvement with the society.

The Guide and Workbook are available for free on the FAHS website

The workbook can be accessed as a full document or in sections. And the document is Creative Commons licensed so it can be copied and distributed for non-commercial use as long as you attribute the author Dr Bernadette Flynn, Produced by The Federation of Australian Historical, 2017.

Authorised Inspection Scheme Notice 36 Registering vehicles certified under the Engineering Certification Scheme

Effective February 6 2018  the RMS advised Authorised Inspection Scheme (AIS) proprietors  and examiners of changes to the registration of modified or Individually Constructed Vehicles (ICVs) certified under the Engineering Certification Scheme (ECS). Notice 36 replaces Notice 35 (see below January 21 2018)

Significantly, owners of Historic and Heritage vehicles should note from the FAQs to Notice 36 - Q."Do all modified vehicles require certification? A. Only vehicles with significant modifications require certification. A list of significant modifications is included
in Vehicle Standards Information Sheet 06"

Further details: Notice 36, 6 Feb 2018
And its related


Taree Historic Motor Club members restore, rally and display veteran, vintage and classic motor vehicles - their new website's Photo Gallery includes a great range of their vehicles.

For other CHMC Clubs' websites and Facebook pages see the CHMC CLUBS page for listing under Clubs Contact Details.


Following discussions with the CHMC over concerns that historic vehicles that had been converted to RHD may have to be transferred from the Historic Vehicle Scheme (HVS) to the new Classic Vehicle Scheme (CVS) the Roads and Maritime Service has amended the Historic Vehicle Scheme policy to allow vehicles with a left-hand (LHD) to right-hand drive (RHD) conversion to be registered in the Scheme. An RMS factsheet explains the policy change (download below) and the RMS webpage for Historic Vehicles has been updated to reflect the policy change.

"Vehicles with a left-hand drive to right-hand drive conversion which are currently registered in the Historic Vehicle Scheme may remain in the scheme." Applications for new HVS registrations should  "produce certification documentation to support the Historic Vehicle Declaration for a vehicle with a left-hand drive to right-hand drive conversion."   RMS18.706                          

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Council has received further information from the RMS concerning Notice 25. An advisory regarding Notice 35 was placed in our News section, ref. January 14,  below. RMS has responded to the concerns raised regarding Notice 35 as by retracting Notice 35 and undertaking further discussions, see statement from RMS -

"In December 2017, RMS issued AIS Notice 35 and FAQs. These notices advised we couldn’t accept certificates issued under Engineering Certifications Scheme (ECS) when establishing registration for modified or individually constructed vehicles. In response to feedback from our customers about some of the unintended impacts of this change, RMS is working closely with clubs, motoring enthusiasts and other stakeholders to review this policy. Subsequently AIS Notice 35 and the FAQs have been withdrawn. Owners of vehicles certified under ECS, which are not currently registered, should not take any action to re-certify their vehicles until the review is complete and owners of currently registered modified vehicles should note there are no changed to their ability to renew their vehicle’s registration or to their vehicles registration status. We apologise for any inconvenience and expect to be able to provide customers with greater clarity and certainty on the issue shortly." Roads and Maritime Services, AIS Online, Friday 19 January 2018.

CHMC is in direct consultation with senior RMS staff to resolve the issues raised.

January 14 2018    FYI – Attention Club Secretaries and Registrars


A few days before Christmas the RMS distributed to all Authorised Inspection Stations AIS Notice 35, which stated that under the new Road Transport (Vehicle Registration) Regulation 2017, Roads and Maritime and Service NSW may no longer accept certificates issued under the former Engineering Certification Scheme (ECS) when establishing registration for a modified or individually constructed vehicle.

This resulted in an outbreak of concerned enquiries to the RMS, Service NSW, vehicle clubs and Council. CHMC, as did other peak groups in NSW quickly sought clarification from the RMS as the change could impact proposed CVS registrations from our Affiliated Clubs. CHMC received a prompt response from senior RMS personnel and we remain in consultation with them to resolve the ongoing implications of Notice 35.


There have been some comments made in various forums alongside the Notice 35 discussions regarding LHD/RHD conversions – at this time RMS is in consultation with the peak bodies like CHMC over this matter. CHMC will, as usual, advise Clubs and Registrars as soon as we are authorised to do so by RMS of any outcomes that require their attention with regard to either Notice 35 or LHD/RHD conversions.

Notes of Meeting between CHMC & RMS, 7.7.2017, RMS Octagon Building, Parramatta

This meeting was in addition to the regular contact and discussions that CHMC’s RMS Liaison officers have with policy and other staff of the RMS. Though delayed through circumstances beyond CHMC’s control we publish the July 2017 meeting notes here with the agreement of the RMS Directorate for the information of all enthusiasts in NSW. CHMC hopes other NSW historic and classic motoring groups will follow our example and similarly be transparent in their dealings with RMS by publishing their meeting notes. The online availability of the proceedings of meetings between the government transport agency and stakeholder representatives in Queensland has proven to be beneficial to clubs and their members there. We trust that NSW groups will follow this initiative.


In a collaboration between the National Trust of Australia NSW and several veteran and vintage car clubs a Tour celebrating heritage cars, heritage properties and that iconic heritage road, the Old Hume Highway, saw over 40 veteran and vintage cars journey from Retford Park, Bowral to Riversdale at Goulburn and Cooma Cottage at Yass via Gunning. Joining the motorists, their families and friends were the President of the National Trust NSW, Dr Clive Lucas OBE, and Trust Board member, Hon. Garry Downes AM.

The Tour was a launch for events that will bring our moveable automotive heritage together with heritage in the built and natural environments in NSW, simultaneously promoting veteran and vintage vehicles and National Trust properties. The next heritage motoring event supported by the National Trust will be the 2018 Pre-31 Autumn Tour hosted by CHMC Affiliated Club, Parkes Antique Motor Club  (more details on the Club Events page).

The CHMC has for some time been developing proposals to encourage not only the recognition of authentic heritage vehicles as intrinsic to our Australian cultural heritage but also to ensuring that our automotive heritage is broadly appreciated and valued, and automotive related heritage buildings, structures and equipment are preserved from destruction or neglect. CHMC looks forward to increased cooperation between the National Trust and the heritage vehicle movement in NSW.



The complete General Meeting Minutes have been distributed to all Affiliated Clubs, a summary of decisions and discussions can be downloaded from the CHMC Meetings page


October 5, 2017.

The RMS has announced that the Log Book Trial will be extended to September 30, 2019. The log book trial allows for vehicles operating under the Historic Vehicle Scheme and Classic Vehicle Scheme to be used for 60 days of general use (i.e.maintenance and personal use) each year, outside of club organised events. Each day of general use must be recorded in a Log Book issued by the RMS.

Further evaluation of the Log Book Trial will be undertaken by the RMS over the next 2 years.

More information: CHMC Log Book Trial Information       RMS Classic Vehicle Log Book Trial webpage


Members from 4 Clubs attended the CHMC Information Forum  at Lismore on 9th September 2017.  Attendees were enthusiastic and had many questions and contributions.  Keith Packham, Mike Beale provided most of the presentation, with Alan Early assisting.

The local  members  were pleased with the refresher session on the Historic Vehicle Scheme and keenly followed discussions on  the Log Book Trial . The presentation on the Classic Vehicle Scheme was well accepted and it is obvious that with the Scheme still in its infancy there are a lot of individual queries  to be worked through. The Clubs recognised that they need to have processes in place to deal with problems, especially it present where considerable changes are occurring, and that owners also need to be conversant with requirements.

It is always good to talk directly to Club members to understand their position, and to assist with their concerns. Our observations from the day were that the Log Book Trial has been well received and the Clubs  want it to continue. With regard to CVS, although most Clubs understand that there is a need and place for it, their principal focus is on heritage vehicles of an authentic, original nature.

CHMC Committee



1. Luxury Car Tax (LCT) - vehicles imported into Australia are subject to a Luxury Car Tax irrespective of their age or heritage value. The LCT was introduced to protect Australian car manufacturers from overseas competition. The threshold at which the LCT commences is currently A$64,132 – but the “LC Value”, includes the cost of freight and insurance for bringing the car to Australia, and GST. The LCT also applies to the re-importation of vehicles taken out of Australia, if when they are overseas, they are subjected to any “treatment, repair, renovation, alteration or any other process”. This applies even if ownership does not change.

The AOMC in Victoria submitted to a Senate Enquiry in 2008 that “Unfortunately, and probably due to no more than oversight, the advent of Luxury Car Tax did not acknowledge this category of exemption (no Customs duty on cars over 30 years old) and imposed a barrier to the bringing of historic vehicles to Australia. Moreover, in the past two or three decades the historic vehicle fleet in this country once recognised as one of the finest in the world, with many examples of the rarest survivors from the first forty years of motoring history has been decimated. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of early vehicles have been shipped to buyers from countries with stronger currencies, such as the UK, Europe and the US. Those local enthusiasts who may have wished to redress such depredation in a small way have faced prohibitive cost barriers due to the impact of GST and LCT. LCT does not apply to domestic sales of old vehicles, its application to imports is inconsistent and has simply made worse the net losses of our pool of historic vehicles…….. The impact of LCT on the movement has been to restrict Australia’s access to the middle and upper strata of old vehicles, the very ones that we have lost most of in the one-way traffic out of the country. They are also the very ones that act in the same way as elite athletes do for mainstream participation in sport; they act as the beacons to inspire and attract new, younger people to the movement”.

Unfortunately the AOMC’s submission nor any since have failed to persuade the Commonwealth Government to withdraw the LCT for heritage, historic or collector vehicles. However, the Museums and Galleries lobby group have achieved remarkable success, as on 28 February 2017, laws were passed which resulted in them being able to import for display purposes only cars over 30 years old without having to pay customs duty, GST, or LCT.  (The preceeding was based on an article by Doug Young, The Vintage Car. VCCQ. April 2017)

2. Asbestos in imported vehicles. Asbestos has been a prohibited import into Australia since December 2003. Asbestos causes Mesothelioma – an aggressive cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs, abdomen, or heart. Caused by asbestos, mesothelioma has no known cure and has a very poor prognosis. Border Protection (BP) is responsible for ensuring that asbestos does not enter Australia, there has been no change in Border Protection’s processes however they elevated their efforts from March 2017 in monitoring that imported motor vehicles are asbestos free.

Veteran, vintage, post-vintage, heritage or historic vehicles being imported into Australia require a declaration that they do not contain asbestos parts and may require a testing certificate from an approved test facility to support that. Intending importers should to have asbestos-based vehicle parts replaced before the vehicles are imported into Australia and replaced with non-asbestos items before shipping, they should also require from vendors adequate documentation, assurances and testing – including new replacement items. Failure to do so risks vehicle detention, extra costs and possible fines and seizure of the vehicle for disposal, re-export is not permitted.

Items on vehicles that might be of concern include: Asbestos tape; Brake linings or blocks; Clutch linings or brake disc pads; Diaphragms; Electrical cloth and tapes; Friction materials for, or within, internal combustion and electric motor vehicles (for example, clutch linings, brake pads and shoes and gaskets); Gaskets or seals; Lagging and jointing materials; Mastics, sealants, putties or adhesives. Note that goods manufactured outside Australia might be labelled “asbestos free” and still contain a low amount or certain types of asbestos. Such goods will not be permitted for import into Australia.

Full details on the requirements around importing of vehicles containing asbestos are on the DIBP website page Asbestos

Following a meeting in March 2017 between Border Force, DIBP, the Freight and Trade Alliance and Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia where the difficulties experienced with the management of the asbestos ban for vehicles were raised, it was decided that an industry workshop be organised.

Meanwhile circulating in the movement are a number of unsubstantiated stories of historic vehicles being dismantled by Border Protection with consequent loss of parts and considerable expense incurred by the owners. However there is one published account that warrants attention – Michael Sheehan at Ferraris Online. This details the recent experiences of two owners with Mustangs and DKW, and indicates that they incurred costs resulting from inspectiondamage and costs to replace seized parts, plus significant other costs – storage and professional.

That asbestos is so dangerous that it is banned in vehicles is presumably not the issue. The problems seem to be with the experiences at import processing points, and with owners unaware that the asbestos checking would occur or be so detailed, and with costs, paperwork and procedural complications. Possibly what is required are: 1. Vehicle inspection and certification processes that are cost-effective for historic vehicle owners. 2. Inspections that are respectful of the rarity, value and/or heritage/preservation features of the vehicle and so are undertaken with or by relevant specialists. 3. Information programs that explain the asbestos-free requirements in plain English and are readily available to prospective owners and importers of historic vehicles and circulated widely in the movement.

Both Luxury Car Tax and Asbestos in imported vehicles have serious implications for the collector car movement in Australia, hampering the importation of interesting, exotic, rare or more mundane heritage and historic vehicles into Australia, and similarly hindering the repatriation back to Australia of our unique heritage vehicles.  (Extracted from the August 2017 Bulletin of the Vintage Motor Club, NSW, 

CHMC MEETING WITH THE RMS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, Compliance and Regulatory Services -  July 7 2017

The RMS Executive Director, Compliance and Regulatory Services, Melinda Bailey, and Julie Morgan, RMS Director Insights and Education, met with several of Council's Committee at the RMS offices at Parramatta on July 7th. Council arranged the meeting as an opportunity to meet personally the most senior RMS officer responsible matters relating to historic and classic vehicles following the RMS’s leadership restructure. CHMC’s delegation of President Ray Ives, RMS Liaison Bill Waddell, Secretary Chris Hilbrick-Boyd, and Webmaster Jenny Fawbert were impressed with the Executive Director’s interest in historic vehicles and her knowledge of the relevant conditional registration schemes for historic and classic vehicles.

Ms. Bailey affirmed that effective engagement and communication with stakeholders in the historic vehicle community was much valued by the RMS and she gave a strong commitment to more regular formal meetings with CHMC, in addition to the usual communications that CHMC’s RMS Liaison officers have with members of her department. Council highlighted the fact that CHMC officers and RMS policy and compliance staff have had good working relationships for nearly 40 years.

Our delegation was heartened to hear the Director's commitment to regular and transparent meetings with not only CHMC but all sectors involved with historic vehicles. We requested that the Minutes all such meetings, with any or all of the sector stakeholders, be made publicly available on the RMS website, as is the excellent practice in Queensland. Ms Bailey indicated that this suggestion by us would be followed up.

Ms. Bailey and Ms. Morgan listened closely as Council’s representatives outlined various matters including:

  • CVS – as an AO CHMC is prudently processing applications from its clubs.
  • Log Books – including irregularities at Service NSW offices
  • The upcoming RMS Reviews of conditional registration and the Log Book Scheme - noted was the positive response of CHMC clubs to the Log Books.
  • HVS – CHMC tabled a draft HVS MOU for RMS’s consideration.
  • Seat belts and child restraints in heritage vehicles.
  • Further opportunities for input by CHMC on matters pertinent to heritage and historic vehicles.

The Executive Director had an open mind to the concerns and comments raised on behalf of CHMC's affiliated clubs and she confirmed that Council will be given increased opportunities for consultation and comment on RMS strategies, reviews and plans relevant to heritage, historic and classic vehicles.

CHMC President Ray Ives said that it was a very positive and constructive meeting - “We were able to state Council’s current position on various matters, and expect positive outcomes for several important issues raised with Ms. Bailey”.

Council has entered a new phase of collaboration with RMS and it looks forward to working with Ms. Bailey, Ms. Morgan and their staff to develop opportunities and strategies that meet the needs of our heritage motoring clubs. Council values this new phase in our relationship with RMS and in particular the cooperative and professional approach of the Compliance and Regulatory Services Directorate.


CHMC affiliated club the Tamworth Vintage Car Club hosted another successful North West Rally over the Queens Birthday Weekend. Running this annual rally is rostered around clubs from Gunnedah, Narrabri, Moree, Inverell and Tamworth. This year's entrants were treated to great runs to the Manilla Machinery Rally (itself a heritage machinery event with a long history), Bo

b's Shed display and the Quirindi Heritage Village & Museum. 

The special guest at the Start of the Rally was the Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson MP.  Mr Anderson has been assisting CHMC with some matters and CHMC President Ray Ives took the opportunity to catch-up with him at the Rally.

MP Kevin Anderson and CHMC President Ray Ives beside Ray's 1928 Studebaker at the 2017 North West Rally. 

More photos from the North West Rally at The Northern Daily Leader . Photo Copyright 2017 used with permission of The Northern Daily Leader


Following on from the CHMC AGM in May some changes have been made to the forms and information for intending applicants for CVS registration. Applicants should ensure that they have completed the latest versions of the forms, downloadable form this website from your CHMC Affiliated Club Secretary. Information and Forms see our Classic Vehicle Scheme page.


2017 CHMC ANNUAL RALLY at ALBURY - 107 ENTRIES from a 1911 Wolseley to a 1986 BMW

Since 1971 Council's Annual Rally has been a major motoring and display event in the calendar of heritage vehicle clubs throughout NSW. This years event was hosted by the Antique Car Club of Albury Wodonga and was timed to coincide with their 50th Anniversary Celebrations. The hardworking ACCAW didn't miss a trick in organising this Rally and provided great tours, top meals and a cracker of a vehicle display on National Motoring Heritage Day. Many entrants were unfamiliar with the Albury - Wodonga - Beechworth - Corowa area so they had a great time exploring the historical, the culinary and the wine areas while enjoying some fine touring roads.

The age and marque range of vehicles entered was extensive, there was something for every taste in heritage vehicles from over 75 yearsand they were all much appreciated by the crowds that came to see the display at Parklands off the Lincoln Causeway on National Motoring Heritage Day.

At the AGM Council's clubs voted to admit two new clubs - Maitland Classic Motor Association and All Shook Up Car Club. Both clubs were represented by delegates who spoke enthusiastically about their clubs. Council looks forward to meeting more of their members and seeing their vehiclesat future events.

Photos of the 2017 CHMC Annual Rally at Albury can be viewed on the Council's Gallery page and Council's Facebook page


Council's Commitee conducted another very successful information afternoon on Conditional Registration for historic vehicles generally and the Classic Vehicle Scheme (CVS) in particular for club's in the Newcastle / Hunter region.  As Council is one of the two RMS Approved Organisations for CVS registration in NSW the afternoon was an excellent opportunity for club registrars and delegates to gain more detailed information on the mandatory procedures and expectations for the CVS.

Over 40 club delegates from both CHMC affiliated and non-affiliated clubs attended the afternoon held in the NVCC rooms at Boolaroo on April 29th. The session provided an opportunity for club representatives to hear authentic information with regard to vehicle registrations, and to ask specific questions and make comments on the registration schemes and their operation. As Council's Officers maintain close dialogue with the relevant RMS senior staff these conversations, both formally during the session and afterwards in one-to-one talks between delegates and Committee members, valuably inform Council's ongoing discussions with the RMS.

Information days are being scheduled in other regions of NSW for CHMC affiliated clubs and clubs interesting in joining the CHMC. Please contact the CHMC Secretary if your Club would be interested in attending/hosting a similar information day in your region.

103 YEAR OLD CAR SAVED BY 3D PRINTER - link to the story on our Worth Watching page


CHMC held the first of its 2017 Information Days at Inverell on Saturday April 1st at the National Transport Museum hosted jointly by Inverell Antique Motor Club & Inverell Motorcycle Restorers Club

The event proved very popular with more attendees than expected. Council Committee members provided the latest information on the CONDITIONAL REGISTRATION SCHEMES for historic and classic vehicles and held informal discussions with club  delegates  during lunch and afterwards thatwere very productive.


NSW has a new conditional registration scheme for modified historic vehicles - the Classic Vehicle Scheme (CVS). The CVS was developed by the RMS during 2016 in consultation with stakeholders from the car movement including the Council of Heritage Motor Clubs.

The CHMC as an RMS Approved Organisation can approve CVS registrations applications from members of its affliated clubs. CHMC is committed primarily to preservation of the Historic Vehicle Scheme (HVS) which with or without the Log Book option continues unchanged  for vehicles 30 years of age or older that are restored to or maintained in as close to original condition as practical.
CHMC is facilitating CVS registrations for the benefit of its affiliated clubs that have a few members with vehicles that do not properly fit within the guidelines for HVS.                                                                                                                                                                                               CHMC has distributed to all its affiliated clubs a CVS Package for the information of club committees, registrars and members wishing to access the conditional registration Classic Vehicle  Scheme. The package details the  process for CVS registration applications and contains the relevant forms for CVS registration through the CHMC, in accordance with the RMS requirements.


For enquiries regarding CVS registration through the CHMC - CHMC RMS Liaison Officer or the CHMC Assistant Secretary


From Automotive Historians Australia Inc. comes news that the Ford Archives might yet stay in Australia -  Feb. 7, 2017 - Some 12 months ago it was discovered Ford Australia planned to ship their archives to Detroit. The Ford archives had originally been put together by the late Adrian Ryan, working as Ford’s Head of Public Affairs.

The archives expanded once Ford announced cessation of manufacturing with  old material located to Broadmeadows.  Archivist, Michelle Cook was then told to box the material up for shipment overseas.

Word spread quickly, ex-Ford employee, Peter Fry, leading a movement to preserve the Ford Archives in Australia. Wheels magazine ran a story in their September 2016 issue, urging readers to write to the Minister and Ford .

Automotive Historians Australia also took up the matter  receiving support from the Hon Martin Foley MP and the Minister responsible, Hon. Mitch Fifield who advised that Ford require an export permit as the archive was regulated under the Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act.

The good news is Ford’s archivist has been employed for a further 12 months suggesting perhaps the archive will be rehoused in Australian Institutes, and be available for local research. 

Ford Geelong 1926. Charles Pratt photo, State Library of Victoria Out of Copyright.
Ford Assembly Plant, Parramatta Road, Homebush 1937. RAHS / Adastra Aerial Photography Collection. No Known copyright restrictions.

Watch the video of the Pre-31 Autumn Tour 2016

on our  Worth Watching page - 12 stunning veteran and 85 awesome vintage cars and trucks participated in this annual tour for Pre-1931 vehicles hosted by Dubbo Antique Automobile Club, May 2016.

More photos of the Tour on Council's Facebook page and the local Dubbo paper Daily Liberal article and photos


Council's Code of Practice was recently revised. It is anticipated that this Code will assist Council's affiliated clubs in addressing the issues involved in Public Liability Insurance and enhance the quality of involvement in heritage motoring activities experienced by participants and spectators. The Code of Practice is available for downloading on our Publications page. Affiliated CHMC clubs have received a hard copy of the revised Code of Practice, for other formats please contact the CHMC Secretary.



Over 120 heritage motor vehicles were gathered in Temora over Easter for Council's Annual Rally with a weekend of displays, touring and sightseeing.  Oldest vehicles were both 1911 - a Cadillac and Ford Model T, youngest was a 1986 Volvo, and there was everything in between - 1920s vintage cars, 1930s and 1940s post-vintage, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s classics - cars, trucks, utes, sports cars, roadsters, Land Rovers and WW2 jeep, as well as antique camper trailers.

Temora's Antique Motor Club planned a weekend that ran like clockwork. Rallyists enjoyed the hospitality of the people of Temora and Ariah Park and at every meal savoured great country cooking. There was plenty of time to visit the world famous Aviation Museum and much awarded Rural Museum, but perhaps the most commented on place visited was Ariah Park, were the rally vehicles lined both sides of the main street. The efforts of the local community to highlight the heritage of this pleasantcountry town caught the attention of many and the most overheard phrase was "we have got to come back here".

Photos of the 2016 CHMC Annual Rally at Temora can be viewed on the Council's Gallery page and Council's Facebook page


FIVA or the Federation Internationale des Vehicules Anciens, the international organisation for historic car clubs representing 1.5 million historic vehicle enthusiasts, has declared 2016 World Motoring Heritage Year, reflecting FIVA’s mission statement:   ‘To protect, preserve and promote world motoring heritage’.

FIVA has identified vehicle Authenticity as now more important than ever and an issue which deserves continuous surveillance as it has owner, cultural and financial implications on a world wide scale. 


"Shane Simpson's Report on the review of the Protection of Moveable Cultural Heritage Act 1986  Borders of Culture has been released in Canberra by Minister Fifield. The PMCH Act governs Australian export licences for heritage motor vehicles. The current Act is ambiguous, confusing and the procedures unwieldy and time-consuming for those legitimately seeking to export vehicles but at the same time the Act has failed to prevent the export of several vehicles of Australian heritage significance.

Suggestions, concerns or validations raised by special interest groups such as the automotive heritage sector have been considered in the Report. Simpson’s recommendations for a completely new and single legislative model for regulating cultural material leaving Australia are detailed in Part E Recommendation - New Model, Section 45ff. of Borders of Culture.

Updating the PMCH Act seems to be a win-win situation – streamlining the export licence process while substantially strengthening the protection important examples of Australian transport heritage."                  [Adapted from]