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32nd Annual Australia Day Rally
24 - 26 January 2009

celebrating
"50 Years of the Bonneville"
Best Bonneville at the Rally

Final Word
By Rally Director, Steve Davey
Rally Director, Steve Davey

Previous rallys have been followed up with a special Rally Edition of the club mag. This year the committee decided not to do a special magazine but to donate the money saved to the Victorian bush fire appeal. The February mag listed the trophy winners and I gave a verbal wrap-up of the rally at the February meeting, but a few final words are in order.

This year the rally moved to a new venue and had a record attendance with 185 entrants. The venue at EPIC had served us well in the past, with the shady trees and the area around the Orana Bar a big plus. Unfortunately the cost of hiring the tables and chairs for the Presentation Dinner had become excessive ($2000 from Kennards) plus restrictions on selling grog and bringing in external caterers forced the move to another venue.

Most feedback on the Carotel was very positive with the lack of shade the only downside, plusses being the better dinner venue, range of on-site accommodation, the pool and the space. Certainly next years rally director has much to ponder on.

The Rally is written up in Issue No. 12 of "Old Bike Australasia", see page 82 "A Capital Time", where Jim Scaysbrook’s comments on ‘slick organisation’ and ‘well-oiled machine’ were appreciated. However, I must admit there was the odd crisis, but all the problems were sorted behind the scenes with most people none the wiser.

The plusses included:
• Tick of approval for the new venue
• Good rides
• No accidents
• Minimal breakdowns
• No one got lost
• Good food
• The weather was kind to us
• Demo bikes provided by Triumph Australia and Eurotune Motorcycle.
• We didn’t make a loss.

Much of the above was due to the excellent marshalling and to all the hard work put in by members of our club.
Thanks again to one and all.



Thanks to our SPONSORS: (listed alphabetically)

Australian Ariel Register
Canberra Motorcycle Centre
Eurotune Motorcycles
Mike Gilmour
NRMA Classic Vehicle Insurance
Shannons
TJ's Tyres & Accessories
TRIUMPH AUSTRALIA


Some PHOTOS from the 2009 Rally can be seen HERE




TROPHY WINNERS for 2009


BEST VETERAN (to end of 1918)
1st GRAHAM FROUD 1909 TRIUMPH 475
2nd LEE WRIGHT 1912 TRIUMPH ROADSTER

BEST VINTAGE (1919 to 1930)
1st BERNIE MEDWAY 1924 FN M40
2nd TONY SHARPIN 1927 SCOTT FLYING SQUIRREL 600
3rd JIM ALEXANDER 1929 VINCENT - HRD TOURER

BEST PRE-WAR CLASSIC (1931 -1945)
1st PETER DAVEY 1939 BROUGH SUPERIOR SS80
2nd DON LIDDLE 1938 HARLEY DAVIDSON EL
3rd GLEN LIDDELL 1944 INDIAN CHIEF

BEST POST-WAR CLASSIC (1946 - 1960)
1st ERNIE SEARY 1958 TRIUMPH T110
2nd ROB DUCAT 1952 MATCHLESS G9
3rd PHILLIP SELL 1948 TRIUMPH SPEED TWIN

BEST POPULAR CLASSIC (1961 - 1970)
1st JOHN SEVER 1970 BSA A65 LIGHTNING
2nd JOHN ASTRIDGE 1969 TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE
3rd SIMON WHITTAKER 1969 SUZUKI T250

BEST CHERISHED CLASSIC (1971 - 1978)
1st VINCE DARDERI 1971 HONDA CB5004
2nd SIMON WHITTAKER 1975 HONDA CB360T
3rd PETER HOUGHTON 1973 NORTON COMMANDO

BEST MODERN (1979 onwards)
1st ADRIAN WHITTAKER 2007 TRIUMPH THRUXTON
2nd ANGUS LABURN 1980 TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE
3rd ROBERT KELLY 1985 TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE

BEST OUTFIT - SPONSOR: TJ's Tyres & Accessories
1st ROB WOOLLEY 1917 HARLEY DAVIDSON J
2nd IAN JACKSON 1970 CHANG JIANG OUTFIT
3rd MARK FITZGERALD 1927 HARLEY DAVIDSON J OUTFIT

BEST MILITARY - SPONSOR: TJ's Tyres & Accessories
1st ANTHONY MEANY 1942 HARLEY DAVIDSON WLA
2nd JIM CARMODY 1940 BSA M20
3rd DOUG FERGUSON 1941 INDIAN 741

MOST DESIRABLE BONNEVILLE - SPONSOR: TRIUMPH AUSTRALIA
1st PETER DUNSTER 1970 TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE T120RT
2nd JOHN ASTRIDGE 1969 TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE
3rd ANGUS LABURN 1980 TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE

BEST ADLER SPONSOR: VV&CMCC ACT Inc.
KEITH WALL 1955 ADLER MB250

BEST TRIUMPH SPONSOR: Eurotune Motorcycles
ERNIE SEARY 1958 TRIUMPH T110

BEST TRIUMPH TWIN SPONSOR: Mike Gilmour
PETER DUNSTER 1970 TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE T120RT

BEST BSA
JOHN SEVER 1970 BSA A65 Lightning

BEST HARLEY DAVIDSON
DON LIDDLE 1938 HARLEY EL

BEST INDIAN
JIM PARKER 1947 INDIAN CHIEF

BEST NORTON SPONSOR: NRMA Classic Vehicle Insurance
PETER HOUGHTON 1973 NORTON COMMANDO

BEST AJS/MATCHLESS SPONSOR: NRMA Classic Vehicle Insurance
ROB DUCAT 1952 MATCHLESS G9

BEST ARIEL SPONSOR: Australian Ariel Register
MARK HEWSON 1950 ARIEL SQUARE 4

BEST JAPANESE SPONSOR: Canberra Motorcycle Centre
ALAN MUNDAY 1966 SUZUKI T20

BEST EUROPEAN SPONSOR: Shannons
FLOYD PRIMMER 1952 MOTO GUZZI Falcone Sport

BEST BRITISH SPONSOR: Shannons
ROB KELLY 1985 TRIUMPH Bonneville

BEST RESTORATION Peter Barges Perpetual Trophy
BILL STONE 1970 TRIUMPH TR6C

BEST LADY RIDER
KERRYN DARDERI 1962 BSA Rocket Gold Star

KING OF THE RALLY SPONSOR: TJ's Tyres & Accessories
BERNIE MEDWAY 1924 FN M40

Some PHOTOS from the Rally can be seen HERE

 

 






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