What we do

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Advocacy and Advice:

The Council acts as an advocate on behalf of all affiliated motoring clubs in the ACT in dealings with the ACT Road Transport Authority (RTA). Matters in which Council has acted include: historic registration and operation of the heritage vehicles; modifications policy; changes to existing laws, regulations and rules.

Advice is available to clubs on various sites for automotive displays within the ACT.  Council is also able to assist in negotiations with the ACT Government and National Capital Authority for access to most of these sites.

The RTA website deals with all matters relating to the operation of vehicles in the ACT. Should a club, or individual, be seeking information on such matters, please refer to this site first http://www.rego.act.gov.au

Canberra Pie Cart:

The Council oversaw the restoration of the historic “Canberra Pie Cart”, a 1939 Chevrolet van that was used during the 1940-70s to provide refreshments and sustenance to local Government offices and weekend football matches.

Canberra Pie Cart

The restoration was completed by club members with the assistance of students from Copeland College Melba, Shannons Insurance and the ACT Government Heritage Grants Scheme.

Heritage Motoring Ambassador’s Award

The Council’s Heritage Motoring Ambassador’s Award was donated to Council by Doug McGregor, Council President 1995-1997. The Award is presented by Council in recognition of “Outstanding Efforts in Promoting Heritage Motoring”.

Fire Engines

Recipients of this prestigious award have been:

Year            Recipient
1997-98       Vin Liston
1998-99       Alec McKernan
1999-00      George Cook
2000-01      Llew Robb
2001-02      Doug McGregor
2002-03      Peter Linstead
2003-04      Lynn Harrison
2004-05      Not Awarded
2005-06      Not Awarded
2006-07      Andrew Robertson
2007-08      Pat Gagel
2008-09      Not Awarded
2009-10      Tony Roberts
2010-11       Graham Gittins
2011-12       Bruce Perry
2012-13       Sue Walker
2013-14       Bill Lewis

Robert Shannon Foundation

The Robert Shannon Foundation was established by the estate of the late Robert Shannon (who founded the first specialised insurance firm for heritage vehicles) in recognition of his long involvement in and contribution to heritage motoring.

The Foundation’s aim is to encourage people under the age of 30 to become involved in the restoration and preservation of veteran, vintage and historic vehicles.

The Council encourages applications that might assist with the purchase of specialist tools, equipment, TAFE fees or other aspects of a restoration project being conducted by the applicant.

The Foundation application form is available on the Downloads page.

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