Entrant Update 5
I've read on the forum that our members from Perth have already left for the Nationals. By this time next week most of you will be on the road, on your way to Orange.
So without further ado, here's the latest entrant update.
The Army Marches on its Stomach
Your entry fee covers your meals on Friday night, Saturday night, Sunday lunch and Sunday night. There will be lunch available for sale on Saturday and Monday. The following table explains:
|Day ||Breakfast ||Lunch ||Dinner |
|Friday ||This may be provided by your motel / accommodation, otherwise you'll need to organise your own. ||Entrants who have notified us of their attendance at the Picnic Run will receive lunch (who said there was no such thing as a free lunch?) Others are still welcome to attend the Picnic Run, but will need to arrange their own lunch. ||Provided as part of entry |
|Saturday ||Food will be for sale at Sir Jack Brabham Park: sausage or steak sandwich, bacon & egg roll, hot-dogs or salad sandwiches ||Provided as part of entry |
|Sunday ||A hot lunch will be provided ||Provided as part of entry |
|Monday ||Food will be available for sale at Mt Panorama. ||Sadly, the Nationals have come to an end and you're on your own! |
The Marching Army may wish to Sit Down...
... so we recommend you bring a camp-chair or two for your party. There is seating available in the grand-stand for Sunday's event, but only limited seating in Sir Jack Brabham Park. There is a fair amount of shade available. So if you've got room, we recommend you throw a few folding chairs in the boot.
As mentioned in the last update, registration will be from 10.00am until 4.00pm on Friday, at the Roundhouse at Turner's Vineyard. Please make yourself available during that time, as we have a huge number of entrants to process.
You must bring your vehicle with you to register. Even if you are staying at the Vineyard, we still need to sight the car and verify a couple of things. It would also be appreciated if you could have your receipt with you, as this will speed things up for us. We will then direct you into the Roundhouse to collect your goodie-bag and merchandise. There will be an area set up outside the Roundhouse for you to hang around and catch up with friends, but we ask that you assist us by keeping the Roundhouse itself just for arriving entrants. There's also ample parking away from the registration area itself that we'll need you to move your car to if you're going to hang at Turner's for a while.
Friday Picnic Run
Thank you to everyone who responded to the earlier Entrant Update regarding our Picnic run on Good Friday. We were expecting maybe 30 or 40 people might be interested, but we've got about 120 people. Thanks to our great sponsors, we're in a position to provide lunch free of charge to all of those who've RSVP'ed. Being Good Friday, lunch is meat-free. Late inclusions are welcome to attend, but you'll have to arrange your own lunch.
Please be at Turners Vineyard at 11.30am for a 12.00 departure to Lake Canobolas.
Saturday's "Fifties Night"
Once again, a reminder that our dinner on Saturday night is fancy dress, and we urge you to get involved. Participation in the fancy dress and dancing goes towards the Interstate Challenge Trophy, so show some team spirit and be part of it for your club. It's gonna be a great night.
A Clarification Regarding Vehicle Legality
A previous update mentioned that all vehicles must have Full or Concessional Registration (ie Club Plates). That led to a couple of questions about the use of Unregistered Vehicle Permits:
You can apply at your local Motor Registry for an unregistered vehicle permit. Ultimately, it would seem the provision of a permit is at the discretion of the manager of the Registry, and by no means a certainty to be endorsed. (The typical purpose of these UVPs is for seasonal use of farm machinery or moving plant equipment etc.) That approval may also require pink slip/blue slip and by extension, engineer's certification.
I've spoken to the RTA, to the Policy Section of NSW Police Traffic Branch, and to Shannons Insurance. If you have the UVP, and the vehicle is being used within the conditions set down thereon, then it's considered to be registered for all intents and purposes. You should speak to your insurer and let them know that the car is being used in this manner, to ascertain for yourself that your insurance will be honoured in the unfortunate event that you need to claim on it. Getting something from them in writing would be a very good idea.
So, long story short, if your application is approved, and you have proof of both the permit and the vehicle's insurance, that can be accepted for the purposes of participating in the Nationals.
That's it for this Entrant Update. We look forward very much to seeing you all next week, for the biggest Nationals yet! Drive safe, and see you in Orange.
Entrant Update 4
It's getting very close now. Those of you still getting your car finished off, I hope the weather gods are smiling on you, and that you're being looked after by your various mechanics, trimmers, panel-beaters and suppliers. Easter is going to be here before you know it.
This full itinerary also appears in the Official Programme, which you'll receive on Registration.
10:00 - 4:00 Registration at the Roundhouse at Turner's Vineyard (TV)
11.30 Marshal at TV for Lake Canobolas Picnic Run
12.00 Depart TV for Picnic Run
02.00 Picnic concludes - optional tourist drive to Mt Canobolas/The Pinnacle
06.00 Arrive at Orange City Bowling Club
06:30 Official Welcome
07:00 Dinner Served
07:45 After Dinner Speakers
08:30 Marshal at TV for drive to Show 'n' Shine
09:00 First group departs TV for Sir Jack Brabham Park (SJBP)
10:00 Vehicles in position at SJBP, judging commences
03:00 Depart SJBP
03:30 Wine-tasting at TV Roundhouse (optional, until 17:00)
15:30 Buses commence to ferry entrants to Orange Function Centre (OFC)
06:00 Arrive at OFC
07:00 Dinner Served
11:00 Last Buses depart OFC for return to TV and motels on Mitchell Hwy
09:00 Arrive at Robertson Park, McNamara Ave (RP) for Street Display
10:30 Depart RP for Super-cruise
12:00 Arrive Endeavour Oval (EO) Lunch, Games Events
03:00 Depart EO
05:30 Buses service from TV (and other motels on Mitchell Hwy) to OFC commences
06:00 Arrive at OFC
06:45 Dinner commences
07:00 Presentations, Auction etc
11:00 Last Buses depart OFC for return to TV and motels on Mitchell Hwy
08:30 Delegates' Meeting at TV (for committee members only)
10:00 Marshal at TV for convoy to Bathurst
10:30 Depart TV and Orange
11:30 Marshal at Mt Panorama
12:00 Drive lap of Mt Panorama, park in marked area. Visit Museum, watch Racing and/or head for home
A Reminder About Vehicle Legality
It is a condition of entry to the FE-FC Holden Nationals that all vehicles must be legally registered, either on full regular registration or the limited use scheme available in your state (ie "Club Plates"). Public Liability and Third Party Insurance requirements dictate that these rules must be adhered to. Vehicles that are not legally registered endanger the safety of fellow participants, the public and the ability of the clubs to run events such as the Nationals. The organising committee reserve the right to demand proof that cars participating in the event are street-legal.
Therefore, we ask you to ensure that the details of your vehicle held by your local Transport Department are correct and up-to-date. Being Easter, there is a blitz on speeding, drink-driving, seat-belt and other offences across NSW. If you have proof (registration papers etc) that show the engine and chassis numbers for your vehicle, we recommend that you carry them with you. For those entrants with modified vehicles: if your vehicle was registered with an engineer's certificate, we strongly recommend you have a copy of it with you, should you be challenged regarding the modifications done to your car.
New South Wales Police have the power to confiscate vehicles
that are not legally registered, and that could really spoil your weekend. Sorry if all that sounds a bit heavy, but we have a duty to ensure our people are doing the right thing.
We'd like to take this opportunity to once again thank our sponsors who've helped to make the 13th Nationals happen:
- Rare Spares / American Auto Parts
- Shannons Insurance
- CBC Bearings
- General Motors - Holden
- L&H Electrical
- Liverpool Exhausts
- Lithgow Bearings, Bolts and Fasteners
- Hi Impulse Hydraulics
- Western Street & Customs
- Austral Design & Print
- Xtreme Fuel Systems
- Auto Glym
- Selleys (Turtle Car Care Products)
- Just Holdens Magazine
- 303 Protectant
- Australian Classic Car Magazine
See you in Orange!
Entrant Update 3
Welcome to the 3rd Entrant Update. It's now less than a month to the biggest Nationals ever. If you're still waiting on parts to be returned from the chromers, or your car's still in the spray-booth, it's probably time to think about hitting that panic button...
Luckily, no-one's got that problem, and we're all rearing to go. The guys from Western Australia are probably already packed.
Anyway, here's the latest news you need to know about the event.
Monday at Mount Panorama
The Annual Festival of Sporting Cars
is held over Easter in Bathurst. There are numerous races and events held throughout the weekend. Monday sees the introduction of a Club Day known as "Racing the Way It Was
", where a variety of clubs and members have been able to book in to race their vehicles around the historic circuit. Fortunately, we have been able to negotiate a "parade lap" of our vehicles into the busy racing schedule. Participation will also entitle you to significantly discounted entry into the Motor Racing Museum, as well as the opportunity to see the various historics and exotics getting stuck into it.
If you are participating (and we expect the vast majority will), you will find a form that you will be required to fill in amongst the contents of your goodie-bag that you will receive on registration. Your vehicle will not be permitted on the mountain unless this is completed.
A professionally produced DVD of the event will be for sale some time after the event finishes. Phil from KEA Video will be around throughout the Nationals, taking footage and interviewing attendees. So if you're approached to say a few words about you and your car, it might be your 15 minutes of fame. They may also incorporate footage taken by attendees into the final product, so if you capture any good action, we'd be very happy to have it.
More details about the video will follow.
Don't forget the Fifties Night Dinner will be fancy dress. The theme is the era, late 50s/early 60s. There'll be music and dancing, and your club's showing in the fancy dress goes towards the Inter-State Challenge Trophy. It's going to be a great night.
Final Entrant and Vehicle Numbers
The final tally for the 13th Nationals is 164 vehicles. Here's the breakdown by State, Model and Class:
Entrant Update 2
The clock's ticking... should you be out in the shed, getting that car ready?
Welcome to Update #2 for entrants of the 13th FE-FC Holden Nationals.
Last time I mentioned the number of cars entered at the event, which is a record-breaking 164. How many people do you reckon belong to all those cars? 380, give or take. It's the equivalent of every Premiership player (including reserves and coaches) in the AFL, all wanting to be fed at the same time. That's a lot of people to look after, and a lot of people to try and have a beer with over the course of the weekend!
Seriously, what it will mean, of course, is that feeding everyone will be a massive exercise in logistics. So please, be a little understanding with the people doing our catering.
Friday Picnic Run to Lake Canobolas
Thank you to everyone who has responded. So far we have about 30 people participating. If you're arriving in Orange on Thursday or earlier, it's an opportunity for a relaxing run before the event really gets underway. We need to know numbers, so please, if you haven't already responded, could you please let us know if you will be participating? Send an email to
Putting Names to Faces
We would like to have partners' names to go with the names of our entrants, if possible. It will help to personalise some of the entrant information you'll receive. If you didn't send in your entry as "Fred & Mary Jones", a quick email to
with the names of the people covered by your entry would be most appreciated. Don't forget to include your entrant number.
60 Years of Holden
One of the judges at this year's event will be Terry Bebbington, known to some of you as "Dr Terry", and also the author of this authoritative book on the make we love. Terry will be bringing copies of his book which retails for $59.95 to the event, and will be happy to autograph it for you. More details about the book can be found here.
We will also have a variety of other merchandise for sale when you register, and at the Show 'n' Shine. These include items like key-rings, lapel-pins and stubbie holders.
If you didn't order merchandise when you entered, it is too late to do so now unfortunately. However, you will be able to order any of the clothing items from the range at the event for delivery to you after the Nationals.
That's it for now. See you in Orange!