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Vintage Trail Ride
Sunday, 18 September 2011

Report by Simon Whittaker

With beautiful spring weather and temps in the 20s, It was going to be a great day for the bi annual trail ride...There were a few new faces as the word had got around what a great event this is...Phil Sell and Mick Gentleman were aboard their ebay specials and Rob Harris pulled his 30s matchless rigid from the back of his van, looking forward to giving his kidneys a workout.....some newer bikes were present but the majority were 1970s Japanese workhorses.

Setting off at 1030 we eased into the ride along tar till the Sawyers gully road turnoff, where less than a klm into it Robs headlight fell off despite earlier preparing the lens and bucket with a swathe of duct tape, shouldve put some around the bracket.......I was busy dodging rocks, dung and dust from the Husky 250 ridden expertly by Caroline....and dust was what Craig was eating plenty of as Lisa had her SL 175 cranked up on the scenic road.... Cows were soon running and jumping over fences as about 25 of us came upon them ( Pamplona in reverse...) then there was the sheep......meanwhile Ray Scott was pushing his bike onto the back up trailer as he'd had a slight off or two......one word Ray, knobbies!

We regrouped at the Doctors Flat turn off to wait for the back up trailer and see what happened to Rays AJS....I think all of us were sick of eating dust so the chocolates handed out tasted a bit better....Through more scenic countryside, through a few water crossings and the last gate was opened and we were on our way back to Geoff Duddy and the delights of his BBQ talents.....Thanks to Anthony Meany for back up duties and Lou Baljak for the loan of the WR too. See you at the next one in March 2012..........Cheers Simon.

some photos can be seen HERE

ROLL CALL

Rob Harris
Matchless 350
1938
John Waldron
Ariel VB 600
1948
Dick Holland
Matchless 350
1948
Ray Scott
AJS 500
1949
Bil Lewis
BSA 410
1959
Jim Steed
Jawa 350
1969
Col Hill
Triumph TR6
1970
Peter Dunster
Honda SL 350
1970
Marty Van Sebille
Honda 750/4
1971
Steve Davey
Bultaco 250
1971
Lisa Mill
Honda SL 175
1972
Mick Williams
DKW K12
1972
Mick Gentleman
Yamaha DT 175
1974
Lou Baljak
Honda XL 350
1974
Dave Walter
Honda XL 350
1975
Allan Boyd
Yamaha DT 250
1977
Peter Jessup
Ducati GTL 500
1977
Wayne Brown
Suzuki SP 370
1978
Craig Mill
Suzuki TS 400
1979
Phil Sell
Honda XL 250S
1981
Ray Lalic
Yamaha TT 250
1981
Bob Howden
Yamaha XT 550
1982
Geoff Williams
Honda XR 500
1982
Mick Cardelo-Hall
Honda XR 250
1993
Denis Lawrence
Yamaha TT 600E
1996
Simon Whittaker
Yamaha WR 400
1999
David Ramsay
Suzuki DR 650
2004
Caroline Bradly
Husky TE 250
2009
Denis Murphy
Kawasaki W 800
2011
Rick Costan
Honda MT 250
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Geoff &Tina Duddy
BBQ trailer
Anthony Meany
back up ute/trailer and chocolate delivery







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