All Bri­tish Rally

Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS - Pho­tos Ron Weste

Since 1977, own­ers and en­thu­si­asts of Bri­tish mo­tor­cy­cles have been gath­er­ing an­nu­ally for the All Bri­tish Rally, which has made its home at the Old New­stead Race­course in north­ern Vic­to­ria. By Fri­day, the site is a sea of tents with a mov­ing throng drift­ing be­tween the camp­sites, ad­mir­ing the hun­dreds of fine mo­tor­cy­cles on dis­play and chat­ting with own­ers. Non-Bri­tish bikes are al­lowed, or rather tol­er­ated, but are re­stricted to the ad­ja­cent pad­dock be­side the main site. Satur­day tra­di­tion­ally sees a ride into the nearby historic town of Mal­don where the streets are soon lined with a colour­ful ar­ray of ma­chin­ery. A high­light of the event is the draw­ing of the gate prize, which is al­ways a de­sir­able Bri­tish mo­tor­cy­cle, in this case a B33 BSA. The lucky win­ner was Jim Hoff­mann, who was pre­sented with his prize by BSAMCOA pres­i­dent, Craig Burke.

Big Brit: Gus Kuhn Nor­ton presents a dom­i­nat­ing force in Mal­don.

TOP 1939 Red Hunter Ariel glis­tens in the New­stead twi­light. ABOVE Mark Hine’s 1948 500 In­ter­na­tional Nor­ton graces the New­stead camp­ing area. ABOVE RIGHT John Ben­nett’s Favourite, built in Ade­laide from im­ported Sun com­po­nents circa 1920 with a 6hp JAP twin en­gine.

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