In­dian Rally

In­dian Rally

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18-21 April, 2014 – Mur­willum­bah, NSW

The tran­quil ar­eas around Mur­willum­bah set the stage for this year’s 23rd All-In­dian Rally. In all, over 25 In­dian mo­tor­cy­cles were dis­patched to the Mur­willum­bah show­grounds ready for the round up and to tackle the land­scapes, coun­try and chal­leng­ing routes within the im­me­di­ate area. An un­sched­uled Fri­day af­ter­noon leisurely ride to Ter­a­nora saw the usual big Chiefs forge out of the grounds and clear the path ahead of the Scouts and the slower, older Big Chiefs. The pace soon picked up as older Chiefs and Scouts got the me­chan­i­cal, hand-op­er­ated oil pumps surg­ing and left a smoke trail just to prove we had been there. A spe­cial com­men­da­tion was given to Tony Mil­li­gan, who rode an Army Scout, for show­ing de­ter­mi­na­tion all weekend. We all thought he had left one of the spark plug leads off the bike, but this was later solved once it was dis­cov­ered that the ven­turi was in back­wards and he notched up over 45 mph for the rest of the weekend.

Satur­day morn­ing was the first of­fi­cial club run-day. Club chair­man, Rob Patrick wel­comed all rid­ers at the morn­ing brief­ing and pro­ceeded to set out a well-or­ches­trated and re­searched set of rides over the weekend. Satur­day’s ride was split into long and short routes giv­ing all rid­ers a choice of pace, scenery and du­ra­tion. The first group rounded up for the long ride. Once mo­bile, the team mem­bers took their places and paced them­selves on the ride to Beaudesert, Lyons Road and Kyogle. The fi­nal run back to camp fol­lowed the Tweed River with a se­ries of beau­ti­ful un­du­lat­ing roads that kept all rid­ers alert and at­ten­tive. The short-ride team headed off to Ad­vance Town via the Cur­rumbin Rock pools with some chal­leng­ing direc­tional changes. The day fin­ished with a good lunch and lazy ride back to the Mur­willum­bah camp. In the evening, the gath­er­ing of mem­bers en­joyed a well-pre­pared din­ner with a se­lec­tion of tall sto­ries and some In­dian movies to watch, kindly pro­vided by Dar­ryl White. Fi­nally the crowd took a po­si­tion around the camp fire and pon­dered the chal­lenges for the next day. Sun­day’s pro­gram would be chal­leng­ing with over 200 mem­bers of the pub­lic ar­riv­ing early for the well-or­gan­ised “In­dian Field Events”. This was run by long-time club mem­ber Marc Gun­der­son on the Mur­willum­bah show­ground oval. The pub­lic was treated to a se­ries of ac­tiv­i­ties that in­volved all In­dian rid­ers keen to dis­play their bal­anc­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties while rid­ing slowly, and in ob­sta­cle and timed events. The in­ter­ested pub­lic then de­scended onto the oval for a closer view­ing and many folk talked of their past as­so­ci­a­tion with In­dian mo­tor­cy­cles. Moses Abra­ham won the selected pub­lic favourite award for his 1923 Chief.

As the bikes then fired up, a slow pro­ces­sion of rid­ers with­out the wagon trains ex­ited the arena and headed for the his­toric town of Tyal­gum. The staff at the Tyal­gum Ho­tel pro­vided a wel­come re­cep­tion and lunch for all. As the day drew on, some rid­ers trav­elled via Stoker’s Sid­ing be­fore ar­riv­ing back at the Mur­willum­bah camp. The busy evening was well run as vol­un­teers pre­pared for the much an­tic­i­pated meet­ing to elect new of­fice bear­ers. We then at­tended the fi­nal din­ner and it was fol­lowed by the In­dian auc­tion and the In­dian raf­fle. A spe­cial thanks must go out to Dar­ryl White and Rus­sel Price and their fam­i­lies for their do­na­tions of auc­tion and raf­fle prizes which go a long way to sup­port­ing our club and there­fore the ca­ma­raderie that ex­ists in the group.

The weather and lo­ca­tion for this year was ex­cel­lent as was the help of all at­ten­dees which made this an­other great In­dian rally. A big thank you to all those who helped to make this suc­cess­ful, in­clud­ing Ashton Willers­dorf and Vivenne Rennie, who are wor­thy of a spe­cial men­tion, for pro­vid­ing back-up ve­hi­cle sup­port. Let’s work to­wards our 24th In­dian Rally in 2015 – we look for­ward to see­ing you there.

John Wilkins warms up his 1928 600cc In­dian Scout Model 101.

Moses Abra­ham ma­noeu­vres his all-orig­i­nal 1923 1000cc In­dian Chief dur­ing the field events. Moses is the sec­ond owner of this bike; his grand­fa­ther bought it new in 1923.

Dave Mor­gan, 1944, In­dian ex-army 1200cc Chief, pon­ders the start­ing line and the day ahead.

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