SA Tid­dlers Run

SA Tid­dler Run

Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS - Re­port and pho­tos Tony Moris­set

27 Au­gust, 2017 – McLaren Vale, SA.

The Vet­eran and Vin­tage Mo­tor­cy­cle Club of SA’s an­nual Ox­en­berry Win­ery Tid­dler Run fol­lowed a scenic route through the McLaren Vale wine re­gion and the South­ern Mount Lofty Ranges. In de­fi­ance of an overly op­ti­mistic fore­cast by the Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy the weather man­aged to driz­zle most of the morn­ing. Con­se­quently, the rain served to keep away all but the most diehard vet­eran and tid­dler rid­ers and most at­ten­dees rode their post vin­tage and mod­ern clas­sic bikes. Even so, over seventy mo­tor­cy­cles left Ox­en­berry at the rally start. The rally route be­gan at Ox­en­berry Win­ery in McLaren Vale and headed to­wards Kan­gar­illa and loop­ing back to McLaren Vale through the vine­yards and across coun­try on “Twenty-Eight Road”, a rel­a­tively re­cently spray­sealed sin­gle lane sur­vey road through bush­land. Join­ing Seaview Road, the rally trav­elled past many winer­ies and vine­yards then fol­lowed the scenic es­carp­ment of the Onka­paringa Gorge for many kilo­me­tres through the con­ser­va­tion park. Ar­riv­ing at Kan­gar­illa – a small town about 25 kilo­me­tres from McLaren Vale – the rally trav­elled through the ranges and on to Mead­ows where morn­ing tea awaited. Leav­ing Mead­ows, the rally fol­lowed a cir­cuitous route to­wards Mac­cles­field, back to Mead­ows and then through the Kuitpo for­est. From the for­est the rally de­scended the ranges back to the Wil­lunga Basin and McLaren Vale. Re­turn­ing to Ox­en­berry, an ex­cel­lent sausage siz­zle awaited rid­ers – just the thing for the cold and damp! To­tal Rally dis­tance was 72km.

Pre-de­par­ture photo at Ox­en­berry Win­ery. Michael Clarke with his 1949 Pan­ther Sloper.

Bob Gill with his 1913 BSA. Very orig­i­nal Honda Benly twin.

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