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Around The Lake Run & BBQ
Sunday, 18 July 2010


report by Peter Toet

Well, this year's run attracted the most bikes of any of the Around the Lake rides with 44 bikes, compared to 36 last year, 28 in 2008, 31 bikes in 2007 and 19 bikes in 2006. A nice increase each year to indicate that the very short ride is becoming quite popular. We also had seven pre-1950 bikes this year, well up on most previous years. We had no Veteran bikes this year but I guarantee at least one next year.

The start this year was to be a meeting for breakfast at 9.30 am at Black Mountain Peninsula. Mick Gentleman had arranged for the boom gate, allowing bike and BBQ trailer entry into the Reserve, to be open. Geoff Duddy and the BBQ trailer arrived to a locked gate, a result of an early morning toilet cleaning crew determining that the gate was left open in error and locking same. No inconvenience resulted however as "no problem!" Geoff set the BBQ trailer up on the roundabout and had breakfast bubbling away when people arrived at around 9am. Geoff had a magnificent breakfast laid out with steaming trays of Lambs Fry/ bacon/ Onion, also a smoked fish dish and a chilli and "I dunno but it tasted great" tray. There was also the usual wonderful fresh rolls and bread to soak up all of this non fattening (?) food. We ran out of sugar sachets and Lyn Meredith kindly did the run over to Lyneham shops to ensure that all of the Type 2 candidates were fully dosed up.

At around 11.00am the troops were sent around the lake with a short run returning via Commonwealth Avenue, or a slightly longer run returning via the Fyshwick marshes. There was only about 10 minutes difference in the rides so by the time everyone arrived back, the lunch BBQ had been pretty well prepared. Most of the breakfasters were well and truly fed up by midday, many thanks to Geoff. Actually some of the breakfasters decided to prop and forgo the actual ride. This could be seen as a risk minimisation strategy for riding or first dibs on the lunch menu. Well, they had to ride home anyway so that's part of the day's ride.

There was plenty of tucker to entice the fussiest eater, and who could refuse lambs Fry and Bacon on such a day. OK, there was a bit left over but I only had four helpings this year. (I'm cutting down to preserve my greyhound-like figure).

There were some really interesting machines on the ride, including a Partlett/Whitty/Hearn contingent of the Goulburn Push with some fascinating 50cc machines, so popular in getting Mr Honda etc to the top in the early Sixties.

Everyone had a great day, there were no apparent breakdowns and many thanks to Mick Gentleman for the event, Geoff Duddy and his lovely pup for the splendid efforts on the BBQ trailer and the bullock thigh bone, and to Tom Oldfield for bringing the back-up trailer.

Keep up the good work and see everyone on the Bob and Louise Courtney's "Olde English Pub" ride on the 1st August, or the Gluhwein Run on the 15th August.

- Peter Toet

 

Some photos can be seen HERE

ROLL CALL

Rider
Year
Machine
Peter Toet
1928
Matchless
Col Hill
1937
Ariel 4G
Peter Davey
1939
Brough Superior SS80
Rob Harris
1944
Indian Chief
Bob Courtney
1945
Triumph 3H
John Waldron
1948
Ariel VB 600
Phillip Sell
1948
Triumph Speed Twin
Allan Boyd
1951
Ariel KH 500
Chris Parlett & son Alex (visitors)
1962
Vespa
Graham Whitty
1963
Honda 50
Ian Hearn (visitor from VIC)
1966
Honda 50
Rob Carmody
1969
Triumph T120 Bonneville
Lorraine Litster
1970
Triumph T120 Bonneville
Phil Thomson
1970
Triumph T120 Bonneville
Peter Houghton
1971
Norton Commando
Gary Rankin
1972
BMW R75/5
Steve Keough
1972
BMW R75/5
Phil Donges
1972
Norton Commando
Marty Van Sebille
1972
Norton Commando - (FOR SALE)
Craig Mill
1973
Yamaha RD350
Lisa Mill
1973
Yamaha RD350
Colin Markland
1974
Ducati GT750
Simon Whittaker
1975
Honda 360T
Peter Jessup
1976
Ducati GTL
Greg Carmody
1976
Triumph T160
Wayne Russell
1977
BMW R75/7
Glenn Tankard
1977
Suzuki GS400B
Carlos Calisto
1978
Honda 250T
Colin Whittaker
1980
Honda CX550
Peter Wilson
1981
BMW R65
Craig Gomba
1983
Yamaha RZ350
Stan Perry
1990
Yamaha FJ1200
Peter Radtke
2000
Kawasaki W650
Mick Gentleman
2001
BMW R1150R
Rod Rance
2001
Gilera Runner 125
Wayne Harris
2003
Harley
Chris Hillbrick-Boyd
2004
Honda CT110
Neil Kendrick
2004
Suzuki GSX 750F
John Flaxman
2005
Kawasaki ER5
Dick Stubbs
2005
Suzuki Burgman 650
Annemie Claerhoudt
2005
Yamaha XVS 650
Len Skipper
2007
Triumph Bonneville
Dick Holland
2008
Suzuki 1250 Bandit
Michael Donges (visitor)
2008
Triumph Bonneville
Andrew Haddock
--
car
Bill Tarplee
--
car
Laurie Stephenson
--
car
Lyn Meredith
--
car
Peter East
--
Ford Laser/Meteor
Tom Oldfield
--
Backup Trailer
Geoff Duddy
--
BBQ Trailer







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