Laverda Con­cours

Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS - Re­port and pho­tos Gaven Dall’Osto

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.

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