Deben­ham Rally

Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS - Re­port Sue Scays­brook Pho­tos Jim and Sue Scays­brook

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.

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