Australian Historic Motoring Federation Inc.
The Australian Historic Motoring Federation Inc. (AHMF) is the
national peak body for all historic motoring in Australia. The
AHMF is a federation of most all the state & territory based
motoring councils. These councils represent 1000+ historic
motoring clubs and close to 100 thousand motoring enthusiasts
across Australia. The AHMF aims to provide representation for
the historic vehicle movement on a national basis to government
departments, Australian organisations & business and
internationally to other national historic motoring bodies.
AHMF Role
To promote and support those organisations whose aims are the
preservation, restoration and use of the Veteran, Vintage, Post Vintage,
Historic 50's, Historic 60's etc. vehicles
To promote and support the preservation of items associated with
historic vehicles and machinery
To collect and disseminate, wherever practicable, information deemed to
be to the benefit of the historic vehicle movement
To publish or cause to be published any information, which it is deemed
will promote or support the historic vehicle movement
To encourage liaison, communication and co-operation between
Members
To liaise with any organisation with similar aims to this Federation
To represent our Member organisations in National negotiations with
Government agencies and other organisations
To act on the recommendation of a majority of Members in any matter
wherein benefit to Members, or the movement generally, will result
To encourage and promote the use of all Veteran, Vintage, Post Vintage,
Historic 50's, Historic 60's etc. vehicles
Veteran
These are vehicles manufactured up to December, 31st,1918. Typical vehicles from the Veteran era are pictured here. These vehicles generally have open body work, with simple 1 - 4 cylinder engines, magneto ignition, crank start and gas or no headlights.
These are vehicles manufactured from January 1st 1919 to December 31st,1930. Typical vehicles from the vintage era are pictured here. These vehicles generally had  "Soft tops" - fold down hoods, electric start or crank start, four wheel brakes, often still with spoked wooden wheels however steel  or wire spokes were coming into vogue, electric lights and klaxon horns, hand operated windscreen wipers, coil and distributor ignition was becoming more the standard, four six and straight eight cylinders, side valve engines, nickel and chrome plating. Most used a separate chassis  however a few manufacturers were stating to use unitary construction.
Vintage
Post Vintage
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These are vehicles manufactured from January 1st, 1931 to up to December 31st, 1949. Typical vehicles from the post vintage era are pictured here. These vehicles generally had all steel bodies still often on a chassis, wind up windows and rubber seals, chrome bright-ware, smaller pressed steel wheels, overhead valve engines, independent front suspensions, luggage boots with locking lid, spare wheel and tyre  mostly in boot.
Historic 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, etc.
Any vehicle manufactured each of the 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s decades (and so on). Australian made Holden started to become available in the fifties although British and American vehicles were still prevalent. By the sixties most of the vehicles sold were Australian made Holden & Ford Falcons were the most popular, BMC was building vehicles in Sydney while some other British cars were assembled in Victoria and South Australia. American vehicles were being imported and some still assembled in Australia. Japanese vehicles were starting to arrive in larger numbers. By the Seventies Japanese companies had started building vehicles in Australia, British vehicles were fading in the market, European were being imported in larger numbers  
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This is a brief description of the different classes of vehicles that comprise the old vehicle movement
The AHMF determined a naming convention for vehicles of different ages that make up the old vehicle movement. There are 4 different classes, while the historic class is sub-divided into each decade, up to 25 years old.
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Telephone:

President: Christine Stevens 0419 789 151 or 07 3260 6197 a/hrs
Secretary: Neil Athorn 03 5454 1253 work or 03 5442 2851 a/hrs

Postal address:

AHMF Secretary
38 Bolton Drive
Bendigo Vic 3550


email:

General Information:  secretary@ahmf.org.au
Webmaster:  webmaster@ahmf.org.au
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