PROGRAMME FOR “JAGS PROWLING PORT STEPHENS”
24th March 10am to 4pm
Registration, and the distribution of pre-ordered regalia, will take place in the Whitesands Building of the Ramada Resort between 10am and 4pm. Those of you who have been to Shoal Bay before might remember The Shoal Bay Country Club. Things have moved on dramatically since those days and the Ramada Resort is a high-class resort nestled directly opposite Shoal Bay Beach.
Special rates for a variety of eight room configurations have been negotiated for Rally registrants, providing a range of alternatives according to your preference (see accommodation page). Together with a Jaguar Special daily breakfast rate, an undercover parking spot and free internet access throughout the Resort our members will truly have a top place for their Rally weekend. What’s more the rates negotiated are available for one week both before and after the Rally weekend. Of course there are only a certain number of rooms for each configuration so an early booking is recommended in order to give yourself the widest choice.
A tightly limited number of regalia items will be available at the Display Day but with emphasis on the word “limited”. So don’t forget this important option to remind you of your attendance at the Rally and order your regalia now with your Registration.
Coffee, tea and a treat will be included or you can buy lunch or a coffee in one of the many places along the waterfront. Even fish ‘n chips from Aussie Bob’s nearby can be enjoyed on the beach if you are so inclined.
Friday 24th March 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm
SNG Barratt “Meet and Greet” Classic Barbecue
The opening event for the Rally will be held in the Whitesands Function Centre and will be in the form of a light Classic BBQ Buffet. As the chance to meet again friends from previous Rallies, or the Jaguar movement generally, or to make some new acquaintances, the evening promises to be a popular event.
Saturday 25th March 9am to 3pm
Shannons Jaguar Display Day, Concours and Community Event
A great event is planned for this special day in the life of a National Rally. With the involvement of community organisations it will be more than a Display Day and Concours, important as they are. The local radio station will provide the music, service organisations are involved and we have invited the local Port Stephens Classic Car Association to have their own corner at our event. Far more is currently being planned to make it a special day for us and the community within which we will be resident for the weekend.
A Concours d’Elegance and d’Etat will return to the National Rally for those who aspire to show their pride and joy in the best possible light.
The venue is Fly Point Park, located on the headland as you leave Nelson Bay headed for Shoal Bay, and looking back to the marina. Once the site of Chinese fish-curing facilities, customs buildings and the first school, the name derived from a nautical term meaning safe anchorage with protection from winds. With Nelson Bay shops 400 metres in one direction, the Arts and Crafts Centre closer in another and Wests Diggers only a short walk away, there will be plenty to do for those who do not wish to talk cars all day.
Due to considerations for the community, access to the “parade ground” will only be before 9am and exits are only possible after 3pm. Jaguars that are not part of the Rally itself will be welcome provided they have requested and received an access permit beforehand. An access permit is included as part of a full Rally registration.
Saturday 25th March 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm
“Pirates at the Port” will be the theme of the evening as we take to the water aboard “Moonshadow”, a large motorised catamaran, for an evening of fun and frolic. A brilliant Port Stephens sunset has been arranged (we hope) for us to experience before we eat and dance the night away. Prizes will be given to those who are the most imaginative in cobbling together their pirate gear to wear … and the crew will enter into the spirit.
Sunday 26th March 9am to 3pm
All Classic Car Restorations Sporting Event
Located at Ringwood Hill Climb the Sporting event for the Rally will be a regularity event where you can pit your skills against the clock. But it is more than just a day for those who have entered the sporting event. For those who want to give the driving side a go it will not be daunting. The circuit is fun and is not difficult for participation in a daily driver. Outright speed is not a factor in this event as we seek to tap the Pace component that is inherent in a Jaguar – Grace Pace and Space.
A track access permit is included once registration for the sporting event has taken place.
Everyone is invited (and encouraged) to attend the event.
For those who do not wish to go to Ringwood, or visit the myriad number of activities that are available in and around Port Stephens, or even Newcastle, we have organised a coach to take us to Maitland Gaol http://www.maitlandgaol.com.au/ and then back to Murrays Brewery http://murraysbrewingco.com.au.
Maitland Gaol has been closed as a Correctional Institution for a number of years (1998) having been built in 1843. Fascinating tours are now an integral part of a visit. We will enjoy a Devonshire tea in the Blackbird Artisan Bakery where you can also buy jams made for the Gaol, breads and other delectable items. We will then undertake a private tour providing an insight into how the prison operated in another era when people like the backpacker murderer Ivan Milat were there.
Then off to Murrays Brewery and Winery. Formerly Port Stephens Winery, after Murray moved his brewery from Taylors Arm on the NSW North Coast to Bobs Farm in Port Stephens, it became the home for craft brewing. We will enjoy a lunch together with a tour of the brewery, tastings, or browsing the craft shop and wine racks onsite, whilst listening to music.
Sunday 26th March 6.30pm to 11pm
Jaguar Australia Presentation Dinner
The ballroom in the Whitesands Function Centre will be the venue for the Jaguar Australia Presentation Dinner, the more formal event of the Rally. At a sparkling evening, those who have worked hard in preparing their cars for Concours, competing in the Sporting event, writing articles for a Club or National magazine or driving a long distance to participate in the Rally will receive that ever-important recognition with a trophy where appropriate. But it will be much more than a succession of trophy presentations so you are encouraged to be part of this special night.
Monday 27th March 8am to 10.30am
It’s time to say goodbye and the Farewell Brunch will be in the restaurant above the Fingal Beach Surf Club. Following the disastrous fire there about five years ago the premises have been like a phoenix, rising from the ashes. The views over Fingal Bay and beach are sweeping and magnificent and the morning is an ideal time to enjoy them.
Those fortunate people who have registered for the Post Rally Tour will leave from here for their journey from Port to Port (see another page).
Availability needs to be on a first-come first-served basis as there are maximum spaces available at the venues. Please register promptly to avoid potential disappointment as registration for each event must be taken in order of receipt.
Dress Code for Events:
Friday Night: - Smart casual (perhaps with a Jaguar flavour)
Saturday Night: - Pirate theme (preferably)
Sunday Night: - Black Tie or Business Suit for men; Cocktail or evening dress for women.
Monday Brunch: - Casual
These can generally be accommodated but we need to know.
Please contact Ken White at firstname.lastname@example.org well in advance if you need to have special arrangements.
The NEWS section of this website will contain any additional pieces of information in relation to the Rally as they become known. We suggest you make it a habit to look at it regularly.