If there is truth in a pot of gold being at the end of the rainbow it would apply to this year’s Laverda Concours. The past few years, rain has forced postponement of the event but a rainbow must have formed as this year the weather was perfect and the crowd came in throngs. Without allowing for the stall holders and workers, around 4,000 people visited the event. The entrants list was also very healthy (over 170) and the quality and variety of bikes was again exemplary. This year was the 26th year of the event, with over 60 trophies and a $2000 prize for ‘Best in Show’ were up for grabs. A new class for Café racer was also added in line with the current resurgence of these retro bikes. Desiato provided the musical backdrop as we all looked over the bikes on display. Penrite had become the new major sponsor for the event and together with other major sponsors, Brisbane Motorcycles, Gasoline Alley, Team Moto, Shannons, Bayside Yamaha and numerous others, the show went on without a hitch. The Make a Wish Foundation was again the chosen charity. The Foundation has recently acknowledged the Laverda Club for their contribution on their website. Over the last 10 years over $55,000 has been received from the Laverda Club based on the takings from each event. The dyno shootout was back this year. Mick’s Bike and Car Tyre Dyno Centre provided the dyno which ran hot all day and attracted a large crowd in itself. Trophies were given to the highest HP output for up to 750cc, over 750cc and V Twin categories. Mick’s also supplied the trophies for the winners. This year’s ‘Best in Show’ went to Aaron Eames for his 1982 1100cc Suzuki Katana. The other special trophy in honour of former Club Laverda member Colin (Rad) Morton was won by Tony Reading for his hard ridden Ducati. Acknowledgement and a bottle of jungle juice was also given to Bob Leydon for his 25 years of helping with the judging. Now that’s dedication. Congratulations to all the winners, the hard working team from Club Laverda Queensland and their support sponsors for making this event better every year.
ABOVE Small versus huge: Graeme Knight’s 1978 125cc Honda Police “Street Special”. RIGHT Ross Inman’s award winning Melbourne-built 1916 770cc GCS.
ABOVE Paul Casson’s 1980 1200cc Laverda, winner of the People’s Choice category. BELOW Alan Beavan’s 1983 600cc Ducati TT2 – 2nd place in the Competition Bike category.