The Veteran, Vintage and Classic Motorcycle Club of ACT Inc.
34th ANNUAL RALLY 2011
celebrating '100 Years of the Rudge'
Saturday 22nd to Monday 24th January 2011
at the CAROTEL MOTEL & CARAVAN PARK
- Report by Lisa Mill
The Rally has come and gone and it seems just like yesterday that the Committee got the ball rolling in getting organised for the Rally. OK, not quite yesterday...
We decided on a new route for Saturday, to take in more of the country roads on offer in the local area and as usual to cater for all sizes of machines a long and short route was available. I took the long route to the Lake George viewing area and thoroughly enjoyed it.
With so many bikes to look at, admire and judge, lunch ended up being a tad rushed as the kitchen had required us out of the hall by 2PM so they could start preparation for the Dinner.
There were 165 bikes entered in Rally (the oldest being a 1911 Bradbury) and I must admit I love seeing everything from the unrestored/as found machines to concourse and everything in between. Out of the 165 entered, 8 were Rudges - our feature Marque this year. I can say though that every one of them got at least one point in the judging.
The presentation dinner was held at the Carotel and the food was wonderful and from all accounts everyone enjoyed themselves. Dessert was served fairly quickly after the main so we were able to hold the raffles and presentations all at once. From the raffle money collected we donated $500 for the Queensland flood appeal. A list of the trophy winners are below so I won't list them here.
The ride out to the Cotter area on the Sunday is always popular and I think we'd be hung if ever we change this. With my Rally duties all but over I was able to ride out with Craig - me on my Z500 and him on his RD350LC. We had a ball and love that road. Craig's Dad swapped the car for a BSA just after the Cotter for a blat on the country roads. It was wonderful riding together and the Ol' Man ain't no slouch!! I think the grin caused a problem for him removing his helmet though.
Recent rains had caused some damage to the roads - a big thank you to the Marshalls who slowed us down when needed, it was very much appreciated and I heard many say so. Morning tea at Woods Reserve was in full swing by the time we got there and there was plenty of yummies and healthies to tide us over until lunch.
We offer a ride on the Monday morning for those who are still in town. This year as the public holiday was on Wednesday, the numbers were a bit lower than previous years. 4 Club members and 3 visitors took to the roads for the annual tour of the lookouts led by Lorraine.
This years survey form included a question as to the timing of the Rally - Australia Day weekend or Canberra Day weekend. I haven't tallied the numbers as yet - watch this space.
The Committee as always appreciates feedback so that we can continue to provide a Rally that everyone can enjoy.
As with any major event, there are many people to thank and I sincerely apologise if I have missed anyone. Let me know if I have and I'll sweet talk the Bike Torque Editor in letting me rectify that in the next issue.
Many thanks to the following people:
Cheers, Lisa Mill
Trophy Winners and Sponsors
ALL 500 PHOTOS can be seen HERE
A nine minute VIDEO of the rally can be seen HERE (YouTube link)