Damp day at Ross

Old Bike Australasia - - RALLY ROUND UP - Re­port Noel Saward

Vin­tage Mo­tor Cy­cle Club of Tas­ma­nia Ross Rally

26 Novem­ber, 2017 – Ross, Tas­ma­nia

The weather gods were not too favourable this year. Pa­trons trav­el­ling to Ross in the morn­ing re­ported tor­ren­tial down­pours which made vi­sion al­most im­pos­si­ble. Campers who trav­elled to Ross on the Satur­day in ex­cel­lent weather were treated to a bril­liant BBQ put on by the Bri­tish Mo­tor Cy­cle Club. By lunch time on Sun­day there was a healthy gath­er­ing, but due to rain, only about half the nor­mal at­ten­dance as pre­vi­ous years. By the end of the day, the VMCCT was very pleased with the out­come even though the weather was not kind. Howard Bur­rows, the or­gan­iser of the event, gives a big thank you to all the club mem­bers who gave their time and ef­forts on the day. Plenty of cof­fee vans were on hand for those that needed warm­ing up, good food, deal­er­ship dis­plays, test rides on the new In­di­ans and a good as­sort­ment of swap meet ven­dors.

On a not so hap­pier note, the Ross Rally has been go­ing for 32 years, 28 of which have been at the cur­rent lo­ca­tion, but due to modern time le­gal­i­ties such as pub­lic li­a­bil­ity, in­dem­ni­ties and so on, its fu­ture seems a lit­tle un­cer­tain due to the North­ern Mid­lands Coun­cil’s new Events Man­age­ment Plan. They even want the 80-year-old vol­un­teers in the en­try ticket box to do a work­place safety in­duc­tion, although they have been do­ing it for 28 years with­out in­ci­dent. Hope­fully com­mon sense pre­vails.

Pho­tos Coral Saward

LEFT The spirit of speed! TOP RIGHT Keir Har­rex won Best Re­stored for his 1934 Moto Guzzi. CEN­TRE RIGHT Orig­i­nal and un­re­stored bikes, such as this early ‘thir­ties AJS, are still to be found. RIGHT Rare Nor­ton, Elec­tra 400 twin. BE­LOW Best Bri­tish,...

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