Hawksnest Motorfest & Visit to Stroud - 12 & 13 March 2016

Seven Hillmans from HOCA attended this years Motorfest. It was a great day with perfect weather and a record attendance in excess of 320 vehicles. Visitors wandered around some stunning cars, or sat and chatted. Some of the more daring went across to the beach a few hundred meters or so away. It was also good to catch up with people not seen for a while, such as Arthur Hill who had his Rapier convertible on display with his Newcastle club.

HOCA was represented by Walter Anker, Rhonda and Peter Schipp, John and Carol Seaton, Bob and Sue Doran and Geoff and Libby Prescott.
Walter departed on Saturday afternoon and the Schipps on Sunday morning, so on Sunday three cars with Bob and Sue, John and Carol and Geoff and Libby set off on a run to the historic town of Stroud, up along the Bucketts Way. The Australian Agricultural Company established their headquarters at Stroud in the early 1820s after receiving a government grant of one million acres in the area. As a result the township of Stroud grew and today boasts many magnificent and historic buildings. The AA Company also built eight underground silos in 1841 using convict labour. These are recessed into a hill behind the town aptly named Silo Hill.

After an enjoyable lunch at the Stroud Hotel we set off along Booral Rd to Bulahdelah. Booral Rd is actually the original Pacific Highway from pre 1952 times, when there was no coastal route across the rivers.  It was not until 22 August 1952 that the route of the Pacific Highway was changed to pass through Karuah, Bulahdelah and Nabiac, rather than Booral, Stroud and Gloucester.

From Bulahdelah we followed the Bombah Point Road to (you guessed it!) Bombah Point where we stopped for a coffee and to soak up the view. John also had a chance for some rest and relaxation after damaging Cully’s front suspension on the dirt road.
Following a short trip on the Bombah Point ferry to cross the river we set off along Mungo Brush Road on the last leg back to Tea Gardens, arriving around 4.30pm.

A very enjoyable, if eventful day, and many thanks to Bob and Sue for planning and organizing it for us.

Thanks to Geoff Prescott for the report and photos, with some photos also from Walter Anker