Al­bany Hill­climb

5-6 Novem­ber, 2016 – Al­bany, Western Aus­tralia

Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS - Re­port Bob Rees Pho­to­graphs John Mack­in­non and Anoinet Glazema.

The 2016 Hill Climb Week­end was again a huge suc­cess even though the weather de­te­ri­o­rated on Sun­day af­ter­noon. It started early on Satur­day morn­ing, with the road closed to 4wheel traf­fic so club mem­bers could or­gan­ise Stir­ling Ter­race in the Al­bany CBD for bikes to be dis­played. The weather was per­fect, which brought out a large dis­play of around 400 bikes of all shapes, sizes and ages with rid­ers com­ing from all parts of WA. To add to the at­mos­phere mu­sic was pro­vided by Dy­lans On The Ter­race, and food and cof­fee was sold out on the pave­ment. The girls did a great job tak­ing en­tries for the af­ter­noon’s Poker Run as well as sell­ing badges and in­form­ing vis­i­tors as to what was hap­pen­ing over the week­end. The Poker Run got un­der­way at lunch time with nearly 190 rid­ers tak­ing part in a 109 or 175 kilo­me­tre run around the Al­bany coun­try­side. The run fin­ished at Al­bany Ri­fle Club rooms where af­ter­noon tea was pro­vided, again by Dy­lans, giv­ing en­trants a chance to so­calise and com­pare poker hands. Next morn­ing it was an­other early start for Club mem­bers and vol­un­teers from the Al­bany Vol­un­teer Fire and Res­cue as they pre­pared for Sun­day’s Hill Climb up Mt Clarence. With a full quota of 100 pre-1980 bikes and the weather look­ing OK it was go­ing to be a great day. Three groups of rid­ers have two prac­tice runs up the hill to nom­i­nate a time, fol­lowed by three timed runs. Clos­est to the nom­i­nated time wins. There was plenty to keep the spec­ta­tors in­ter­est with some spec­tac­u­lar starts off the line and im­mac­u­late bikes. By the lunch break rid­ers had done their two prac­tice rides, nom­i­nated a time and had com­pleted the first of three timed runs up the hill. After lunch it was a dif­fer­ent story as the rain started to set­tle in, and by the time the rid­ers had com­pleted the sec­ond of their timed runs it was de­cided that the bends at the top of the hill were be­com­ing too slip­pery and dan­ger­ous to con­tinue. Be­cause of the wet con­di­tions rid­ers couldn’t achieve the times that they had nom­i­nated in the dry and it was easy for the of­fi­cials to de­cide the win­ners. It was a great day and a huge thank you to ev­ery­one in­volved, the rid­ers, spon­sors, Club mem­bers, es­pe­cially Garry Blake the co-or­di­na­tor, Bruce Burges who gets the rid­ers up to the line, the timers (who were hav­ing a par­tic­u­larly wild time with the weather on top of the hill dur­ing the af­ter­noon), recorders, com­men­ta­tor, mar­shals, there’s too many to men­tion ev­ery­one. Pro­ceeds from the week­end are do­nated to the Al­bany Vol­un­teer Fire and Res­cue.

Mike Stephen­son wait­ing for the flag on his 500cc 1975 Honda. Anne Oakes, best fe­male rider, on her ES2 Nor­ton.

Nic Mon­tagu, 1972 Suzuki T500 and Alan Wells, 1972 Yamaha XS650 wait at the start line.

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