Ni­col Side­car Rally

HMCCQ Don Ni­col Me­mo­rial Side­car Cir­cus

Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS - Re­port Paul Nor­rish Pho­tos Gaven Dall’Osto

In any club there are peo­ple whose ded­i­ca­tion and pas­sion for their club en­ables us to en­joy what we do to­day. Some­times un­for­tu­nately those peo­ple are no longer with us and it is nec­es­sary to re­mind our­selves of how much they achieved, and to also let those who never met them un­der­stand the im­por­tance of their con­tri­bu­tion. This was the gist of Richard Speck’s elo­quent sum­mary of the im­pact of Don Ni­col to the Pine Rivers Area. Sub­se­quently the Side­car Cir­cus is held each year in his mem­ory at the Club­house he fought for ten years to get, but sadly never saw. The third run­ning of the Don Ni­col Me­mo­rial Side­car Cir­cus was held in the most beau­ti­ful crisp, sunny weather just per­fect for mo­tor­cy­cling. As a non-side­car rider I had asked Lau­rie Godde what made a good route for side­cars – “flat roads” was the swift re­ply, and that was the course that he set for the rally. 15 side­cars made the run, with at least 6 dif­fer­ent mar­ques pro­pelling them to my count­ing. We asked for mar­shals to let the side­car rid­ers en­joy the day and got more than we could wish for, led out by an­other stal­wart of the Club, Billy Cochran. Ev­ery­one re­turned safely to the Club­house with­out both­er­ing Rob Pa­trick with the back-up trailer. All in all, a great day of en­joy­ing what we do in beau­ti­ful Queens­land. A free bar­beque lunch was pro­vided at the end of the ride to rec­og­nize and pass on the con­tri­bu­tion made by those spe­cial in­di­vid­u­als to the Club.

Pierre Waldrin on his Suzuki GSX1100 out­fit at Lake Sam­son­vale. Gra­ham Gough briefs the crowd. Lars Glerup and his 1954 Nim­bus out­fit at Strath­pine. Ge­off Smith’s 1949 Nor­ton ES2 out­fit.

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