2000 Club Rally


King of the Rally 2000

Rob with his 1917 Harley Davidson J

A few more of the bikes at our Rally in 2000

A Report on the Twenty-third Annual Rally - 2000

Well, another Australia Day Rally has come and gone. We received about 125 entries with a variety of machines. Some even came from as far as Queensland and Melbourne. Saturday commenced with the usual relaxed start to the Rally with registrations and some of the Gymkana events ably run by Jon (slalom, slow race & judgement). Roy ran the Registration desk, whilst Lyn and Rod looked after new entrants. A pay as you go lunch was offered under the watchful eye of Ross (as usual). His ‘kitchen hands’ (Peter and Nerida) did a great job with the sausage sandwiches. The afternoon run commenced around 1:00pm after ‘Grand Marshall’ TJ mustered his troops and Pole shouted out the riders briefing. A short ride to Gunderoo ensued for a brief ‘pitstop’. The run continued about a stubby later, with the ‘short ride’ returning direct to EPIC and the ‘long ride’ returning via Murrumbateman (and of course the George Harcourt Pub). On return, judging was quickly underway.

Barbi’s exhaust note competition followed, with a bit of geeing-up from yours truly. Some good ‘notes’ were struck and a couple of overkeen entrants got a bit close to the locked gates at the end of the ‘rev strip’. Sorry about that. Lyn and Jon then went to work on tallying up the voting, whilst most of us fled the scene of the crime to regroup for dinner.

Dinner was the usual succulent fare of spit roast beef and turkey with salads and a roll, followed by a selection of deserts. After main course (with some having seconds and thirds!) and just as people had sat down to hook into their sweets, I revved up the crowd with a quick ‘JAP’ quiz, based on the pictures contained in the Presentation Dinner Menu. Well done the winners. Of course, the answers were a 1914 NUT, and a 1924 980cc JAP engine. The formal Trophy presentation followed with some very worthy winners. Barbi’s poem was again a treat. Lyn and I then ran the raffle for the many generous donations and prizes. Some people even won several prizes, Peter and Geoff to mention a couple. Prizes were donated by Robbo’s Motorcycles, Chequered Flag Bookshop, Castrol Australia, Permatex, Lyn (dress watch) and of course the VV&C MCC. The evening finished around 10:30pm, but some ‘playhards’ stayed behind to sample John and Steve’s home brew. Lyn and Jon slept the night at the venue. Just ask them how much sleep they got!! Lyn would like to thank Steve, Morgo and Greg for finally shifting their ‘technical discussions’ outside the hall.

Sunday’s Big Ride started about 9:15am for the obligatory run to Lanyon for Morning Tea. Peter, Ernie and a band of helpers had set up shop for a cuppa and eats that were up to the normal high standard. After a half hour or so of gorging and chatting, we headed for the Cotter ‘drinks stop’ where John was waiting with a trailer full of cool drinks. From there we offered everyone two options: the normal return to EPIC via Coppins Crossing and Belconnen and a longer return including Urriara Crossing.

Unfortunately, we had several machine casualties on the day. Several ran out of fuel (including our esteemed President on the V-twin Zenith), Harry’s Velo (with son Michael in charge) ‘failed to proceed’ with a slipping clutch and Pole’s A10 Beesa halted with spark problems. The back-up vehicles were kept very busy; a stark contrast to their easy drive on Saturday. On return we had another ‘Everitt-team’ lunch of sausages, bacon, salads, etc. Then at about 3:30pm some of us headed over to the Motorcycle museum for our last chance to view the machines ‘en-mass’ before it shifts north this year. As Monday was not a public holiday, some ‘happy campers’ then bid their farewells and headed home, whilst others regrouped for individual dinner arrangements.

On Monday morning about 15 ‘stayers’ headed off on a Scenic Ride to the Canberra lookouts. I led off on the Sloper smothering the followers with the sweet smell of Castrol R40. Having ‘nipped-up’ the sloper three times in the last 12 months I have reverted to the excellent lubrication properties of R40 and turned up the oiler! I did notice that a few riders dropped right back; maybe I have the oiler turned up too high. We took in Ainslie lookout, Redhill Lookout, Mt Stromlo and Telstra Tower. On return Ross again had a sausage and bacon sandwich waiting with copious amounts of cake. Once lunch was over we quietly went about the cleanup. The crew included Ross, Barbi, Rod, Ernie, Ted, John, Steve, Lyn and TJ.

Once again, we had enjoyed a great Rally. Salty and his 1915 The Sun even made it into Monday’s Canberra Times. The months of planning and hard work put in by the many helpers paid off this year when we were blessed with no rain, good riding, good food, good fellowship and lots of fun. Thank you to all of the helpers, both behind the scenes and ‘up-front’. It takes a lot of hard work from dedicated people to make it run smoothly. I won’t name the band of helpers as I don’t want to offend anyone that I could miss. I trust that all of the entrants enjoyed the Rally as much as I did. We hope to see you back again for out 24th Australia Day Rally in 2001.