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42WLA Har­ley-David­son 75th An­niver­sary Com­mem­o­ra­tive Ride

27-29th Oc­to­ber 2017 – From Al­bury to Can­berra via Young

To cel­e­brate the 75th an­niver­sary of the 42WLA, 78 ma­chines as­sem­bled in Al­bury for a com­mem­o­ra­tive ride, meet­ing at Phil’s Garage in Al­bury for a Fri­day night Spit Roast. This was our first op­por­tu­nity to see the roll up of 42WLAs and they came in all styles from full Mil­i­tary, Civil­ian, Chop­per, Bob­ber, a Ser­vicar and a cou­ple of Side­car Out­fits, and a chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones. Once the 8.45 am Rid­ers Brief­ing was com­pleted on Satur­day morn­ing it was time to head north fol­low­ing a stag­gered start. Not a great idea to put all those mo­tor­cy­cles on the road at once but a steady roll out fol­low­ing a lo­cal WW2 Mil­i­tary Jeep out of town was a great sight and we got away with no com­pli­ca­tions. The course headed north through the small town of “Walla Walla” for ob­vi­ous rea­sons and then back to the Olympic High­way at Cul­cairn to the first planned fuel stop at Uran­quinty; ev­ery­one was given a map set­ting out the route and fuel stops. Lunch, spon­sored by Shan­nons In­sur­ance, was at the Temora Avi­a­tion Mu­seum where we were joined by a fur­ther half dozen 42WLAs for the rest of the event. We had a great photo op­por­tu­nity with the full group with a WW2 Spit­fire on the tar­mac. A re­fuel and drop in at the Ter­mi­nus Ho­tel in Temora saw the Group head­ing to Young around 4.00 pm for our night stop over and din­ner func­tion at the Young Ser­vices Club where we en­joyed mu­sic from a lo­cal band. On Sun­day the lo­cal Li­ons Club sup­plied break­fast ad­ja­cent to our start­ing point at the rear of the Young Ser­vices Club to help bring ev­ery­one back to life. Af­ter an 8.15 am Rid­ers Brief­ing we were back on the road to Can­berra with an­other stag­gered start. Fuel stops at Yass and then the out­skirts of Can­berra saw the group ar­rive by 11.30 am at the Aus­tralian War Me­mo­rial (AWM). Ar­range­ments had been made for group pho­tos with the bikes on the road ad­ja­cent to the front then off the bikes on the front steps of the AWM in both direc­tions. Then it was a 10km ride to lunch in Can­berra at the Har­monie Ger­man Club at Narrabun­dah, and the end of the of­fi­cial 42WLA Ride. Most of the rid­ers were still a long way from home. Around 3.00 pm most of our Mel­bourne group headed south and we stopped at Gunda­gai for the night be­fore head­ing back to Al­bury and then Mel­bourne on the Mon­day. The round trip over 3 days back to Al­bury for the bulk of the Mel­bourne rid­ers was around 900 km which is a great ef­fort on a 1940s mo­tor­cy­cle. Many other rid­ers did a lot fur­ther – tes­ta­ment to the ca­pa­bil­i­ties and re­li­a­bil­ity of the 42WLA and rid­ers alike.

In front of the Aus­tralian War Me­mo­rial in Can­berra.

Mick Guil­foyle.

Leighanne Pat­ter­son – Best civil­ian 42WLA award.

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