The Debenham Rally caters for Veteran & Vintage up to 1930, Post Vintage up to 1945 with a maximum 500 cc, up to 250cc Lightweight over 30 years old, and Outfits up to 1959. Entries are limited to 60, although 68 fronted.
I had looked forward to this rally for some time to give the OBA Issue 42 cover girl – the little 1971 Honda CB125S – a spin around the beautiful surrounds of the Southern Highlands. The early morning skies warned of dire things but for those of us who braved the weather gods, we were thoroughly rewarded with dry conditions on lovely quiet back roads winding our way through the beauty of the Southern Highlands. The Saturday route took us from Moss Vale to Fitzroy Falls for morning tea – a truly sumptuous affair provided by Jean Tobler Having had our fill of too many yummy cakes, we headed off to Mittagong for a display of impressive “boys’ toys” at Bunnings. Cars and motorcycles glistened in the afternoon sun with a big crowd enjoying the party atmosphere and listening to the live band. A quick stop for lunch in Mittagong and then it was back to Moss Vale for a tidy up before the evening’s event at the Moss Vale Services Club where Julie Kneebone was presented with the Debenham Winter Rally Perpetual Trophy for the Most Desirable Bike (her Jawa Perak) by Norm Aldridge.
Many riders also left with smaller trophies marking a day of fun and good rallying. Sunday – well, the weather gods got their own back and the ride to Talong and back to Bundanoon saw only a couple of hardy soles take to the road. Thanks must go to Denis Tobler and wife Jean who announced at Saturday night’s dinner that they will be retiring from the organising of this rally after many years at the helm. And thanks also to all those who acted as marshals or drove the back up vehicles – it was a most enjoyable ride.
Ready to brave the cold; Colleen Howe, Wilma Ashkenazi and Richard Steain.
Morning tea stop at Fitzroy Falls.
Norm Aldridge presents Julie Kneebone with her trophy.