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MRA Blanket Run
Saturday, 14 May 2011

It had been a couple of years since Craig and I had attended the blanket run so we were keen to go this time. With not much time up our sleeves for fettling classic bikes we opted to take the modern bikes out - me on the Vulcan and Craig on the Buell. We arrived at Old Parliament House and rode through the vast array of bikes until we saw an old BMW and figured it must be someone from the Club.

This was the debut run for Simon's latest restoration/creation - The Gold Digger - and it certainly got the people talking and pointing out all the details. Soon enough, Peter Major from MRA called a riders brief, thanked us all for coming along and then told us that there would be no police escort this year which was a shame.

Getting onto the main route meant that as we obeyed the traffic lights, we were not the single procession of previous years, but staggered. I think there ended up 2 or 3 main groups of bikes and we all seemed to come together at the end.

At Garema Place, all the donations were gathered at the front and it warms the heart to see how generous the biking community can be. The Canberra Riders won the trophy for the most members attending the Blanket Run, and all Clubs who attended got a mention and a thank you for supporting the Salvos as they help those less fortunate during the cold Canberra winter.

By lunch time, the official duties were done and the numbers started dwindling. Craig and I headed off with Simon and Carlos behind us who I think were off to Robbos for their Dyno Day.

Thanks to everyone who attended.
Til next time - Cheers, Lisa.

 

some photos can be seen HERE

ROLL CALL

Rider
Year
Machine
Jim Steed
1964
BMW R60/s
Ian Jackson
1970
Chang Jiang 750 sidecar
Simon Whittaker
1972
Honda 350
Ian Stevens
1972
Suzuki Stinger
Graham Williams
1974
Suzuki GT550
Colin Whittaker
1980
Honda CBX500
Carlos Calisto
1999
Yamaha XJR1300
Mick Genlteman
2001
BMW R1150R
Lisa Mill
2005
Kawasaki VN800 Vulcan
Craig Mill
2006
Buell XB12SS
Ray Lalic
2010
Triumph Thruxton




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