The first Thunder Rally was held at Lake Cargelligo in 1982. Positioned close to the centre of N.S.W. with a modest amount of dirt, the rally site followed the banks of the lazy Lachlan River. The first 12 Thunder Rallies were held there before repeated flooding resulted in a move to the current site at Sheba Dams, Hanging Rock, above the New England town of Nundle, 40k South-East of Tamworth.
We used to catch big carp in the Lachlan but have 'upgraded' to trout at Nundle as the dams are notified trout water, and stocked. Riders have a choice of tar, dirt or both, depending on the weather. In 2008 we were visited by Elders of the Kamilaroi Nation people, who gave a traditional welcome to country and farewell to The Flying Dutchman, Mark Van Heeswyk, who tragically lost his life whilst riding, in August. That year's rally was dedicated to his memory. Mark had an interest in Aboriginal culture.
Working with the Lions Club of Nundle and the local Police, riders show how everyone can have a good time as a community, and help one another as well. The Longest Distance prize has been won by a couple from the UK, in the past, as well as a rider from Germany! Lending the rally an international flavour.