Na­ture­land Rally

Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS - Re­port and pho­tos Norma Flint

22nd Na­ture­land Clas­sic Mo­tor­cy­cle Club Rally

3-5 Novem­ber, 2017 – Hat Head, NSW

The 22nd Na­ture­land Rally as al­ways, was held in the first week­end in Novem­ber and thank­fully the weather could not have been bet­ter. 120 rid­ers reg­is­tered with around 40 par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Fri­day af­ter­noon ride. As Neil Parker, the co-or­di­na­tor for this jaunt said, “The Fri­day shake­down run has al­ways been a good start to the week­end’s Hat Head rally, and vis­it­ing rid­ers were champ­ing at the bit by the 1 o’clock start time for the short ride to Smokey Cape light­house. The day’s tro­phy was awarded to Mark Shan­non from the Port Mac­quarie club who rode his 350cc 1936 New Im­pe­rial. Our very own Sylvia Lewis, an in­au­gu­ral mem­ber of the club, flagged off the main ride on Satur­day morn­ing by which time there were at least 140 rid­ers in­clud­ing club mem­bers and a few hang­ers on. The first stop was at Willawar­rin where morn­ing tea awaited. Here the judg­ing took place and as our club Pres­i­dent Mark Bunt­ing said, “We had a fan­tas­tic num­ber of rally en­trants and the stan­dard of the mo­tor­cy­cles pre­sented was very high mak­ing the judges job of each cat­e­gory ex­tremely dif­fi­cult.” Then it was on to Cres­cent Head for lunch be­fore ev­ery­one headed back to base camp at their leisure. In all some 180 kilo­me­tres were cov­ered with only three ca­su­al­ties – a flat tyre, a mag­neto fault and one loaded on the trailer as a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure. “The rally route was a hit with the en­trants that I spoke to and we were con­grat­u­lated for our mar­shalling of the route. All in all I think ev­ery­one had a great time and hope­fully we will see ev­ery­one back again next year,” Mark said.

ABOVE Fri­day stop at Smokey Cape Light­house. BE­LOW The judges were kept busy.

Ready for Satur­day’s big ride – “The Gent” – 1951 Ariel Square Four 1000cc.

The San Fran­cisco Po­lice Depart­ment was there to keep the peace.

Tom Hall re­ceiv­ing the award for Old­est Rider & Bike Ages Com­bined from Keith Miller NCMCC Club Sec­re­tary.

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