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VVCMCC Vintage Trail Ride
Sunday, 20 March 2011

report by Simon Whittaker

Well another trail ride for those members who enjoy their old bikes and aren't afraid to get them a little wet and muddy! While the rest of you were sleeping in, we had about 18 riders and some pretty old trailies turn up this year. Steve Davey brought his Bultaco, Jim was once again mounted on his Jawa, some new faces and a few who'd enjoyed themselves last year.

It was raining this morning but it soon stopped about 10 am, leaving the roads a bit damp which was good for keeping the dust down, but I thought it would be a lot muddier on the trails. The route was the same as last years except we went in reverse which meant we did the harder Doctors Flat rd part first.

Christine even managed the whole ride on her little postie bike which we know cannot be killed. This year the water crossing was pretty easy, and unfortunately last years superstar, Ray Lalic had to turn around early as he had problems with his TT250.

Everyone made it through no worries and continued through to the end enjoying the scenery and the wildlife in the country. We all regrouped for a stretch, a chocolate and a pat of the dead rabbit, before continuing on to Sawyers creek road. This was a bit more dustier and the water was a bit deeper at the crossing on this stretch. Lots of nice scenery and hills then back onto the tar and down Fairlight rd to Geoff Duddy and the BBQ trailer back at Urriarra crossing carpark. Tasty hot dogs and hamburgers for all.

Col Hill, Mick G and a few other members came along for a look, and Mick G reckons he'll have a trail bike in time for the next one! (He's just bought a Yamaha DT175) Everybody who came had a great day, including newcomers David Walter who dug his old XL350 out for its first ride in about 10 years and Lorraine Lister, who said she learnt more about riding on dirt on this ride than ever before. I think she'll also have a trail bike in her stable soon enough.

Thanks to John Astridge and his friend Gerard who did back up in his 4wd ute (no passengers this time) and took a few photos, Geoff Duddy for another awesome job on the BBQ, and you guys for turning up and making it a great ride.

Cheers from... "The White Flash"



Another impression of the Trail Ride,
written by Lorraine Litster, can be read HERE

 

some photos can be seen HERE

ROLL CALL

Rider
Machine
Year
 
John Waldron
Ariel NH Red Hunter
1952
Arrived too late to join the trail ride
Jim Steed
Jawa 350
1968
 
Steve Davey
Bultaco
1971
 
Lisa Mill
Yamaha SL175
1972
 
David Walter
Honda XL350
1973
 
Craig Mill
Suzuki TS400
1974
 
Ian Duvall
Yamaha XT500
1976
 
Lorraine Litster
Triumph XT500
1980
That's what was written on the tank!
Ray Lalic
Yamaha TT250
1981
 
Geoff Williams
Honda XR500
1982
 
Allan Boyd
BMW R80/GS
1983
 
Simon Whittaker
Honda XL250R
1987
 
Christine Hillbrick-Boyd
Honda CT110
2004
 
Luke Duvall
KTM Supermotard 650
2004
 
Rod Rance
Kawasaki KLR650
2004
 
John Astridge
Back up Hilux
 
Gerard Adamowski
Back up Hilux Co Driver
 
Geoff Duddy
BBQ Master Chef
 
Col Hill
Honda S2000
Didn't take it on the track- didn't want to get it muddy




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