Great Eastland Rally hosted by Hastings in 2018

The Great Eastland HUB Rally went flawlessly over the October long weekend and received much praise from those attending.

The rally is hosted in rotation by historic car clubs from Tamworth and Armidale to the west, Taree and Great lakes to the south and Coffs Harbour to the north.

Seventy cars enjoyed ideal Mid-North Coast Spring days on the Saturday and Sunday runs.

The highlight of the weekend was Sunday’s tour of the huge workshops of Expressway Spares at Sancrox.

We were even privileged to have Patrick Cassegrain, son of the founder Gerard Cassegrain, speak about the origins of the business and how it has grown to be a huge operation.

He then personally took everyone through the Sancrox sheds and workshops.

The Laurieton United Services Club put on excellent meals at the dinners and bush poet Bill Kearns kept everyone laughing.

Sunday’s run to Telegraph Point and Pembrooke was followed by an old fashioned fresh salad luncheon at the Wauchope Show ground.

Cars were judged in their respective classes and prizes awarded.

One notable winner was a founding member of the local club, Max McKinnon. He made the trip up from Nelson Bay and won the “Oldest Combination” prize. Max’s 1929 Marquette (89 years old) + his age (84 years) added up to an amazing 173 years. A couple of old timers still ticking over beautifully.