The Council of Heritage Motor Clubs N.S.W. Inc. [CHMC] was formed in 1970 to represent the veteran, vintage, post-vintage, classic and historic motor clubs of regional New South Wales, members of these clubs own, restore and preserve heritage vehicles which are are authentically restored or are preserved in original order and are maintained in an historically correct condition. The majority of CHMC affiliated clubs were and are country NSW based and this led to the Council being referred to asThe Bush Council. CHMC however now has member clubs in Sydney and all major regional cities so it is representative of heritage motor clubs right across rural and urban New South Wales.
Executive The Council of Heritage Motor Clubs N.S.W. Inc. is an Incorporated Association with its own purpose-written Constitution. The Council has an elected Committee of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Secretary, Editor, R.M.S. Liaison Officer, Registrar, Webmaster and two AHMF delegates. All officers are unpaid and work voluntarily for the benefit of the member clubs.
Representation Council's Committee undertakes the ongoing role of representing member clubs in matters concerning the preservation and operation of heritage vehicles, including State and Commonwealth legislation. Since its formation Council has been involved in a wide range of discussions with the relevant NSW roads and transport authorities. Changes from the old Club Plate scheme to a Conditional registration scheme, the Historic Vehicle Scheme [HVS], were due to the valuable input of this Council. CHMC has provided submissions reflecting the majority view of member clubs on such matters as vehicle registration schemes,child safety restraints, vehicle safety and fuels. CHMC continues to be very proactive with government and non-government agencies in all relevant matters concerning heritage vehicles.
Meetings and Communication The CHMC meets formally twice a year with member clubs' delegates gathering to discuss issues of common interest or concern. In between the April and October meetings the CHMC Committee meets regularly, either face-to-face or online. The CHMC communicates with its member clubs by newsletters, topical mailings/emailing and Committee visits to clubs, when requested by clubs.
National Affiliation The CHMC is an active member of the national body representing historic motor clubs across Australia - the Australian Historic Motoring Federation.