THIS WEEKEND: The Great Eastland Hub Rally 21-22 October 2023

It’s that time of year again! The Great Eastland Hub Rally is back, following it’s successful re-launch in 2022, after Covid.

The inaugural Hub Rally was created and hosted by Taree Historic Motor Club on the October long weekend in 1972.

Clubs attending were Taree, Tamworth & Coffs Harbour. The rally was at that stage a bi-annual event based in Taree up until 1978 when the Hub was formed.

The rally then became The Great Eastland Rally when it was hosted by Tamworth in 1980 and sponsored by Great Eastland Television which was based in Tamworth.

The Hub Rally hosting clubs include:
Taree Historic Motor Club Inc. (Taree)
Great Lakes Historic Automobile Club Inc. (Forster/Tuncurry)
Coffs Harbour Veteran & Vintage Car Club (Coffs Harbour)
Hastings Auto Restorers Society Inc. (Port Macquarie)
Tamworth & District Antique Motor Club (Tamworth)
The Classic and Specialist Car Club of Northern NSW (Armidale)

…all of which host the rally on a rotation system each year.

This year’s event received promotion on 7 News on October 18th, here’s the video…

For more information, contact Val Grout 0427 656 149, Tamworth



An extremely rare classic car went up for auction at Lloyds Auctions and was once owned by Tony Lockett “Plugger” the highest goal scorer in the history of AFL, and it is going under the hammer this Saturday alongside the AFL Grand Final.

The Aussie classic is a 1985 HDT VK Group A Blue Meanie made famous by Peter Brock, and the most famous of all the Brock Commodores, with only 500 being made. The Blue Meanie is so respected today, enthusiasts will pay very high prices for top quality examples of these cars.

“It is quite rare to see these cars at auction in condition such as this one, and also owned by an Australian icon and Australian Football Hall of Fame member such as Tony Lockett,” said Mr. Lee Hames, Chief Operations Officer for Lloyds Auctions.

Once retailing for $21,950 brand new, these cars are now achieving prices over $1 million for vehicles in pristine condition.

With the strength of passion investing continuing strong and driving up prices over the years, according to the Knight Frank Wealth Report Series for Luxury Investments, “the buyers of classic and collectable cars are changing in age as Generation Xers reach peak earning potential.”

Other passion investments on offer this weekend include over $10 million worth of assets going under the including over 250 Classic Cars to Pink Diamonds, mancave memorabilia and an UNRESERVED 2011 Luxury Princess Sports Yacht and UNRESERVED 1988 Ferrari 328 GTS.

“It is going to be a massive weekend of auctions, highlighting the completely unreserved princess V62 luxury yacht and the 328 GTS Ferrari, we have never seen passion investments in this price bracket go unreserved at auction anywhere,” continued Mr. Hames.

Over 250 Classic Cars went under the hammer LIVE on Saturday 30th September.



The Old Bar Beach Festival is held every October Long Weekend. From the humblest of beginnings in 2005, the festival has grown to attract more than 30,000 people each year.

Our display of Classic cars, Beetles and bikes is held on the Saturday of the festival. From veteran to modern street machines and motorcycles, there is a wide variety displayed. Register your Classic vehicle on the day or online to win the $500 peoples choice or $500 lucky door prize. You might just find some inspiration for that project waiting in the back shed…

For Kombi owners, this festival is a place to meet and share their passion for their beloved buses with like-minded Kombi enthusiasts.

For families, this festival it is a place to appreciate kombis and enjoy quality family time in a in a relaxed and festive atmosphere suited for the whole family.

There’s loads of fun to be had for everyone!
The event is a jam packed weekend with activities for the rad granddad to the littlest grom. The programme includes Kombi parade, Live music, Amusements, Fireworks, Mega Markets, Bar, Aerobatic displays, Street food, Kids entertainment, Classic car display, Face painting, Surf competition, Volkswagen display, Street performers and much more.