2005 Club Rally

Annual Rally 22-24 Jan 05

Rally preparations at EPIC began on Friday morning with John Broad and Peter Toet gathering the Club’s paraphernalia from Paul Everitt’s shed. Mind you, Bruce Pilgrim and Lorraine McRae had literally weathered the storm the night before, as they arrived on Thursday afternoon only to be barraged by the torrential downpour and hail. By late afternoon the Rally campsite was filling quickly. Steve Butcher set up the Registration Desk and computer system and ‘opened the shop’ for pre-registration at about 8:00pm. We put on a small sausage sizzle for those of the campers with a bit of an appetite. This was well received by one and all.

Saturday morning saw the Rally begin in earnest and at about 9:30am that man with the megaphone, yours truly, called ‘attention in the pits’ and welcomed all of the stalwarts to our 28th Rally. ‘Grand marshal’ Pole then gave the assembled party their ‘riding orders’ (he didn’t need the megaphone!) and sent the marshals on their way. At about 1015 the Rally Director gave the call ‘start your engines’ and the trusty steeds were on their way to Gundaroo. The weather en-route was a welcome mid 20s and the ride was delightful, topped only by the quenching ale on arrival. The only mishaps on the way was the severed fuel line on a lovely Big Port AJS (no names, but I think he was the Grand Marshal’s brother!) and a recalcitrant Honda CX Sports that would only travel a km or two before the electrics refused to function any further.

After a refreshment or two, the ‘gaggle’ of bikes returned to EPIC by the long route via Bywong or the short route directly back. On return the temperature had risen to the high 20s and the crew were appreciative of the cold meat and salad lunch served in the air-conditioned Quokka Pavilion. The bikes were duly parked in their age categories for judging and it was indeed a terrific sight. Again, we had attracted an impressive array of quality bikes. The motorkhana events followed the judging and lunch. These were run by Mike Gilmore, Steve Davey and Rob Hill with guess who on the megaphone. Two special mentions are warranted: Mike Gilmore’s fantastic run on his RD350 to win the slalom (he nearly came completely unstuck at the end) with over two seconds to spare over last year’s champ, Howard Kneebone; and Peter Birthisell’s persistence on his Indian for the judgement (I think he had about 5 goes)! By late afternoon it was time to relax and refresh in preparation for the presentation dinner.

No prizes for guessing who grabbed the microphone for the evenings proceedings. After a fine feed of ‘Rustler’s Spit Roast’, yours truly began the raffle draw. There were a lot of prizes to get through, but the gathered mob showed patience as we got through the draw with the major winners appearing to be the ‘Shoalhaven Mob’ and the ‘Indian Tribe’. The formal presentations followed with President John officiating with ‘guess who’ on the microphone. A complete list of winners is at the end of this report. Well done one and all; they were all very worthy winners.

Sunday dawned with overcast skies, but a pleasant mid 20s forecast. The ride to ‘The Loaded Dog’ at Tarago went well, although there were a few that were not prepared for the sudden drop of temperature as we climbed out of Bundendore. The morning tea at Tarago was a real treat. We were again spoilt by the range of sandwiches and cakes laid on by our ladies, washed down by tea/coffee set up by Geoff Nicho and Rob Woolley. Well done Nerida Barges, Kath Richards, Helen Harvey and Lyn Nicholas. The ladies from ‘Coffee Here’ mobile coffee company was also welcomed with lattes and cappuccinos flowing freely. Harry and Ruth’s wares from ‘The Loaded Dog’ were also prevailed upon by a few thirsty riders. A highlight at Tarago was definitely the awarding of the inaugural Ross Everitt Memorial ‘Clubperson of the Year’ award to Nerida Barges. The ride back started cold as a light misty rain began to fall, but this soon abated as we got nearer Bungendore where the temperature seemed to rise at least 8-10 degrees (well that’s what it felt like)! On return to EPIC, most people settled down to a hot roast roll or two and a relaxing afternoon. Many Rallyists had to pack up shop and head for home, as Monday was not a public holiday.

On Monday I got to EPIC at about 0830 to be treated to an egg and bacon roll for breakfast courtesy of our Shoalhaven cousins. Thanks folks, it was great. By about 0930 we had about 8 riders keen for a whiz around the lookouts. So Steve Butcher played tourguide with Brain Kille playing ‘tailend charlie’, whilst a few of us commenced the ‘after Rally cleanup’. The riders returned at about 1200 and partook of a roast meat roll left over from the Sunday lunch. The cleanup was finished by about 1400 when we bid farewells and headed for a well-earned relax.

Judging by most of the Survey Forms we had run another great Rally. We had received mostly praise and thanks for a terrific weekend, with some other comments offering suggestions for improvement. Our feature category of ‘Two Stroke Machines’ had attracted 22 entrants on some lovely, not often seen machines. It was great to see them. For the record, by machine make, we had attracted many individual machines, 5 Harleys, 5 Yamahas, 8 AJS, 9 Hondas, 9 Indians, 9 Nortons, 10 Suzukis, 15 BSAs, 18 BMWs and 21 Triumphs, with a total of 150 machines. We had served 146 lunches on Saturday, 170 dinners on Saturday night and 123 lunches on Sunday. Steve Keough, our Club Photographer took about 800 photos during the weekend. We are also trialling a DVD with video and stills; keep your ear to the ground on this one.

I would like to especially thank all of our sponsors for supporting the rally with trophy sponsorships and raffle donations. These are listed elsewhere in the report. Of course, I must also thank sincerely the many helpers that make our Rally such a success. I am only the front man behind the megaphone and ‘conducting the orchestra’. We owe a great debt of thanks to the following, in no particular order (I hope I don’t miss anyone, apologies if I do):

Grand Marshal Pole, all of the marshals, Col and Karin Hill, Peter Davey and Kath Richards, Nerida and Peter Barges, Helen Harvey, Lyn and Geoff Nicholas, Rob Woolley, John Sever, Steve Butcher, Peter and Ann Toet, Stew Ross, John Broad, Harry Julian, Bill Tarplee, Dick Holland, Rally Packing night helpers, Jon Gough and Lyn Randall, Bob Courtney, Mike Gilmore, Steve Davey and Rob Harris.

A special thankyou to our trophy sponsors and donators as listed below, with a very special thankyou to our major sponsor this year, Mike Gilmore from Australian Plasterboard Company, Canberra and Monaro. Without you guys it would be all the more difficult (and expensive) to run our Rally.

Thanks again,
See you all next year for our 29th Annual Rally.

Bill Lewis

Trophy Winners

Best Veteran (to end 1918) 1st Alan Lowe 1914 Matchless 8B
2nd Rob Woolley 1915 Rudge TT
3rd Geoff Nicholas 1909 Triumph Trusty
Best Vintage (1919 to 1930) 1st Frank Dean 1928 Scott Flying Squirrel
2nd Jim Parker 1928 Indian Chief
3rd Geoff Bland 1926 AJS Big Port
Best Pre-War Classic (1931 to 1945) 1st Peter Davey 1937 BSA Y13
2nd Peter Birthisell 1941 Indian 441
3rd Ann Toet 1939 Rudge Special
Best Post-War Classic I (1946 to 1959) 1st Floyd Primmer 1952 Moto Guzzi Falcone Sport
2nd Chris Parlett 1953 Norton Dominator
3rd Colin Sunderland 1954 BSA/JAP Special
Best Post-War Classic II (1960 to 1974) 1st Steve Vidler 1967 Velocette Venom
2nd Dave Betts 1970 BSA Lightning
3rd Paul Chapman 1974 Suzuki GT550
Best Modern (1975 onwards) 1st Paul Krauth 1976 Bennelli 750
2nd Bill Walsh 1978 Suzuki GS1000
3rd Michael Power 2004 Royal Enfield 500 Bullet
Best Outfit 1st Denis Tobler 1925 Motosacoche Especiale
2nd John Francis 1929 Harley Davidson J
3rd Lyndon Tillbrook 1958 BSA A10 & Tillbrook Sidecar
Best Military 1st Lyndel Hebden 1944 Indian Chief
2nd Jim Carmody 1942 BSA WM20
Best AJS/Matchless Robert Green 1935 AJS 35/8
Best BSA Peter Davey 1937 BSA Y13
Best Norton Peter Houghton 1978 Norton Commando
Best Triumph Lorraine Litster 1970 Triumph Bonneville
Best Sporting Interest Kerryn Darderi 1962 BSA Rocket Gold Star
Kid’s Choice Ann Toet 1939 Rudge Special
Best Lady Participant Julieane Orgill 1970 Honda CB250
Best Junior Participant Nick Harris 1944 Indian Chief Outfit
Slalom 1st Mike Gilmore 1972 Yamaha RD350 10.68 secs
2nd Howard Kneebone 1950 Jawa Type 11 12.19 secs
3rd Robert Small 1965 BSA A65 12.66 secs
Slow Ride 1st Jon Gough 1966 Triumph 6T 12.97 secs
2nd Rex Beard 1972 Honda CB350F 12.40 secs
3rd Roy Atherton 1972 BMW R75/5 12.08 secs
Judgement 1st Roy Atherton 1972 BMW R75/5 20mm
2nd Robert Popplewell 1970 Jawa 559 70mm
3rd Peter Birthisell 1944 Indian Chief 80mm
Hardluck Award (Light up with Lucas!) Geoff Frost 1982 Honda CX Sports
Best Two Stroke 1st Paul Chapman 1974 Suzuki GT550
2nd Rob McLean 1972 Kawasaki H2 Mach IV
3rd Frank Dean 1928 Scott Flying Squirrel
King (& Queen) of the Rally Denis & Jean Tobler 1915 Motosacoche Especiale Outfit

King of the Rally: Action Motorcycles
Best Two Stroke Bike: Australian Plasterboard Company, Canb & Monaro
Best Modern Machine: Action Motorcycles
Best Junior Participant: Harry Julian
Best Lady Participant: Harry Julian
Best AJS/Matchless: Grand-Prix Karting
Best BSA: Grand-Prix Karting
Best Norton: Grand-Prix Karting
Best Triumph: Eurotune Motorcycles
Best Sporting Interest: Dunster Automotive
Best Outfit: TJ’s Tyres & Accessories
Best Military: TJ’s Tyres & Accessories
Best Pre-War Classic II: Gecko Motorcycles

Shannons - $100 donation
Joes Motorcycles:- 2 pairs M/Bike Gloves
Canberra M/CCentre: - $100 Gift Voucher
Dahlitz Motorcycles - Motorbike Cover
Robbos Motorcycles - Cleaning Products
Gecko Motorcycles - $25 Voucher
TJ’s Tyres & Access. - 2 Cleaning kits
The Battery Factory - - 6V & 9V Battery Chargers
Loctitie Pty Ltd - - 3 Loctite Multikits
Castrol Oils - -4 1lt Activ2T Oil