NECC - 60 years and still going strong
The North Eastern Car Club has a long and interesting history which dates back to 1953. In that year, on January 22 to be precise, Bill Higgins and John Joseph convened a meeting to discuss the possibility of forming a car club in the north east of Victoria to promote car and motorcycle racing. There was sufficient interest generated at that meeting to encourage them to proceed, and on March 10, 1953, the North Eastern Car Club was formed.
The NECC was a motor racing club in the early years, holding races at the Wangaratta Airstrip, and later at a purpose-built track at Tarrawingee, 11km from Wangaratta. So popular were the NECC's race meetings that it was not uncommon for over 7000 people to attend.
Competition from other circuits and the amount of voluntary work involved in maintaining the race track forced the track’s closure and the last meeting was held in November of 1964.
Since that time the club has continued to promote other forms of motorsport, especially car rallies, trials, motorkhanas and social functions. The clubrooms of the NECC are situated at Tarrawingee, just a stone's throw from the remains of the old race track.
Today, some 56 years on, the Club is continuing on with the fine tradition set by those who had the foresight to form a brand new car club.
The club’s main focus in recent years has been gravel rallying, with the regular running of the North Eastern Rally as a round of the Victorian Rally Championship. Many other regular events are also held, including the Whiteknuckles, Autumn and Spring rallies.
A major focus has also been put on junior driver development, and to that end the NECC holds a series of motorkhanas and khanacrosses for drivers as young as 12-years of age. The club sees this program as one of the most important that the club conducts.
General meetings of the club are held on the first Wednesday of each month (excluding January), commencing at 8pm at the clubrooms, Nolan’s Road, Tarrawingee. All new, current and past members are made welcome.
Now 60 years old, the North Eastern Car Club is one of the oldest in Australia, and with a committed committee and membership base, we’re DRIVING INTO THE FUTURE!
If you view your motor car as more than just a means of getting you from A to B, then the North Eastern Car Club, founded in 1953 in Wangaratta, Victoria, can provide you with the means to enjoy your car to the full.
Because the club runs a wide and varied motorsport program, we’re sure you’ll find something to interest you on the calendar, whether you use your family car or have a second car in which to enjoy your passion. If you’re serious about getting into competitive motorsport or are just looking for some low-key action with like-minded enthusiasts, then the North Eastern Car Club will interest you.
With a range of activities that include circuit sprints, rallies, motorkhanas, khanacrosses, rallysprints, family fun days and more, the NECC gives you plenty of alternatives. After all, with a 50-plus year history that included running circuit racing meetings, State and National Championship car rallies and more, we know what our members want.
We also cater for pre-licence age drivers from 12 years upwards and run a very successful Driver Awareness program that is designed to better equip teenagers for the hazards of the open road when they eventually gain their licence.
But even if you have no motorsport ambitions, you’ll still enjoy the family and social activities on our program. You can become involved in lots of official capacities such as marshalling on rallies, helping organise motorkhanas or social events, or just simply be part of the club in an unofficial capacity.
And remember, the North Eastern Car Club is affiliated with CAMS (the Confederation of Australian Motorsport and is recognised by AASA (the Australian AutoSport Alliance) under whose umbrellas we conduct our events.
Why not experience the fun and enjoyment of being part of our great club soon? You’re more than welcome to come and check us out at our Clubrooms in Nolans Road, Tarrawingee, just 11 kilometres from Wangaratta on the Great Alpine Road, at 8pm on the first Wednesday of each month (except January).
Why not look us up soon and experience real motorsport enjoyment with the North Eastern Car Club?