In­dian gath­er­ing

Old Bike Australasia - - OUT’N’ABOUT -

With apolo­gies for late­ness, TONI BIRTHISEL, Events Co-or­di­na­tor for the In­dian Mo­to­cy­cle Club of Aus­tralia, has sent us this re­port on the 2013 Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional Rally held at Mans­field, Vic­to­ria.

“An­other suc­cess­ful event for the In­dian Mo­to­cy­cle Club of Aus­tralia Inc. who re­cently held their Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional In­dian Rally for 2013. Not only is this the largest In­dian only rally in Aus­tralia, run­ning since 1995 but this year cel­e­brated it’s 10th An­niver­sary. Over 70 pre-1953 In­dian Mo­to­cy­cles and 100 people from all over Aus­tralia and New Zealand made their way to the town of Mans­field, Vic­to­ria to help join in the cel­e­bra­tions. Dur­ing the weekend there was no short­age of “In­dian Enthusiasm”. Some of the ear­lier bikes out on the road in­cluded Scouts rang­ing from 1925 to 1938, a 1927 out­fit and a 1939 Four Cylin­der. There were In­dian Chiefs in abun­dance, a Vin­dian and even a 1947 In­dian Chop­per. Rid­ing 180km a day and reach­ing the sum­mit of Mount Buller on the third day as it started to snow; shows just how re­li­able the old In­di­ans are. The coun­try­side in this area is noth­ing short of spec­tac­u­lar. Yarck, Eil­don, Jamieson, Whit­field and Ta­tong were stops along the way, but the high­light for most of the par­tic­i­pants was the road be­tween Eil­don and Jamieson with 60km of windy road. Watch­ing 70 old In­di­ans on the road to­gether is cer­tainly a sight to be seen and it was well ap­pre­ci­ated from lo­cals and on­look­ers through­out the weekend. If you missed the rally, the club will be re­turn­ing to Mans­field in 2015, and again prom­ises to be an event not to be missed.

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