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Every year the member Clubs of the Australian Council of Jaguar Clubs come together for the Jaguar National Rally

2017 is the 48th year that the rally has been run and this year it was held at Port Stephens in New South Wales, a picturesque regional part of Australia just north of Newcastle. Hosted by the Jaguar Drivers Club of Australia, supported by the Jaguar Drivers Club Hunter Region.

The theme for the event was Jags Prowling Port Stephens as an estimated 300 Jaguarphiles, and their magnificent cars, gather for the event.

Held over 4 days from Friday 24th March to Monday27th March, and followed by the Post Rally Tour from PORT Stephens to PORT Macquarie where it finished on Saturday 1st April

The Rally promised to be an event not to be missed and it well and truly lived up to all it’s promises

Port Stephens is a large natural harbour of approximately 134 square kilometres, more than twice that of Sydney Harbour. Two striking hills of volcanic origin mark the opening of Port Stephens from the sea with Tomaree to the south and Yacaaba to the north framing the narrow entrance to the port. The Port is stunningly beautiful, with wonderful sunsets and dolphins in abundance. It is a perfect holiday destination with a choice of 26 beautiful beaches, crystal clear water, gourmet restaurants, boutique shopping, whale & dolphin watching and much much more.... there's something for everyone in Port Stephens. To modify a local catch phrase - P.S. You'll love it!

The activities in and around the area are plentiful and, where possible some were included into the Rally programme, or as a visit before or after the Rally, the memories will stay with you long after you leave the area.

The organising committee took guidance from Destination Port Stephens, approaches were made to many of the tourism operators of the Port to find accommodation, locations for evening events and the Farewell breakfast, a place for a Display Day (also suitable for Concours) and options for an Alternate Tour on Sunday.  The location of the Sporting Day selected itself.

There were a number of places suitable for a display of cars but the Committee wanted more than that.  There was clearly only one location … Fly Point Park looking back to the water, the marina and the sun as it dipped lower during the day. 
Another of the organiser’s aspirations was to involve the local community in our Display Day, making it more than a car-show, and so community service organisations were invited to take part, promoting what they did for the region.  The local radio station provided the music for the day and the Coventry Corner Markets with many boutique stalls and kids’ amusements was born.

Accommodation is always very important.  Taking into consideration the nature of their premises, the availability of eight different levels of pricing (thus widening the options for varying budgets) and the certainty that all registrants would have undercover parking for their car, the Ramada Resort at Shoal Bay, opposite the beach, was a laydown misère.  The associated Whitesands Conference Centre would provide the rooms needed for registration, coffee, trophy, secretarial and for evening functions.  Perfect … Rally headquarters was set up at the Ramada Resort

The Friday night Welcome, and Sunday night Presentation Dinner were held within the Resort Complex to facilitate things for those arriving Friday afternoon or for those wishing to take it easy on Sunday before the night’s big event. 

Saturday nights at the National rallies has always been on of fun and this year was no different, Rally registrants enjoyed a Pirate Theme Night aboard the “Moonshadow” Catamaran on the waters of Port Stephens. A rollicking time was had by the sea-shanty-singing imitations of the real thing. 

Sunday night has always been a highlight of every national rally and this year was no different. Now Saturday night had been the night for frivolity, dancing, Sunday was the Awards night. The MC for the evening was Paul Martell provided a comedic touch. , (Paul had at one time had owned a Jaguar XK) Another dimension was added to the evening by our Guest speaker Catriona Rowntree, the daughter of long-term past members of the JDCA, and a well-known celebrity brought to the evening a litany of stories of their family with many Jaguars and of herself and her self-confessed rev-head approach.

The rally wound up with the usual Monday farewell Brunch however around 50 of the registrants continued on and Joint in the Port (Stephens) to Port (Macquarie) post rally tour

The Hosts for Next Years Jaguar National Rally is South Australia

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