Il Giro marches on

Moto Giro Aus­tralia 2014 Moto Giro Awards

Old Bike Australasia - - RALLY REPORTS - Re­port Peter Mor­row Pho­tos Gaven Dall’Osto, Greg & He­len Trost


6-10 Au­gust, 2014 – Boonah & Wood­ford, Qld.

Five days trav­el­ling 1,300km around Boonah and Wood­ford was the per­fect way to en­joy the Queens­land win­ter sun­shine and pro­duced the best rid­ing yet. Many of the 37 en­trants brought mul­ti­ple bikes, in­clud­ing Aermacchi, Benelli, Du­cati, Moto Morini and Moto Guzzi. The Boonah legs were in­spir­ing. Re­vised routes around the Scenic Rim Re­gion and Gold Coast Hin­ter­land bet­ter suited the sin­gles, pro­vid­ing plenty of tight moun­tain curves. Wed­nes­day’s tour as­cended Mt Tam­borine, the Spring­brook Plateau and Beech­mont. Plenty of el­e­va­tion led to cold con­di­tions at the peaks, another rea­son to ride in full leathers. A 300m walk at the Spring­brook sum­mit led to the Best of All Look­out, with spec­tac­u­lar views through an­cient Arc­tic Beech forests to Mt Warn­ing and By­ron Bay. The high­light on Thurs­day was the long awaited as­cent of the Queen Mary Falls. This sec­tion had river cross­ings, steep hair­pins and snaking curves un­der a rain­for­est canopy open­ing up to flow­ing sweep­ers on the plateau. Steam­ing cof­fee and cake at the Falls Cafe proved the per­fect tonic be­fore test­ing our brakes on the de­scent. Fin­ish­ing early, we loaded the bikes and trav­elled north for the next three days based in ‘The Pits’ at the Wood­ford Ho­tel. Thanks to our ded­i­cated sup­port­ers, this year set a new bench­mark in ex­otic snacks that ac­com­pa­nied the al­co­hol-fu­elled main­te­nance each af­ter­noon. We’ve now be­come an in­sti­tu­tion at Wood­ford, with many lo­cals at­tracted by the roar of the morn­ing warm up and mass start. Swelling to our full com­ple­ment, we launched in tight for­ma­tion to en­joy a free run through Day­boro, Sam­ford and up the ridge to Mt Glo­ri­ous for cof­fee at Elm Haus. After crest­ing the range we dropped down through the North­brook Park­way sweep­ers to Esk for lunch at the Old Bak­ery. Satur­day tracked up the Bellthorpe Road be­fore head­ing to the Ke­nil­worth Cheese fac­tory for the best ice cream on the coast. Press­ing on, the rasp­ing conga line rev­elled in the newly sur­faced Moy Pocket road be­fore strik­ing the only rain on the tour – a light 5 minute sprin­kle which was later sur­passed by a misplaced ir­ri­ga­tion spray.

The ‘Giro Din­ner fea­tured a tie in the Tee Shirt com­pe­ti­tion be­tween club Pres­i­dent Brad and Jim Clark, who sec­onded his im­pres­sive young model Ni­cole to dis­play his en­try. It cer­tainly looked bet­ter on her. Benny de­liv­ered the after din­ner speech – an en­ter­tain­ing rec­ol­lec­tion of his group’s re­cent six week tour of the USA. Among many high­lights, Nathan Bell again rode up from Syd­ney on his Mach 1 Du­cati with­out in­ci­dent, only to get a flat rear tyre on day two while Neil Hughes, on re­ceiv­ing his award for old­est com­bined age, noted that the last rally award he won was for youngest rider! It’s never too late…

Gra­ham Hur­ley 1962 Aermacchi Ala Verde 250. CLASS WIN­NER MODEL Will McMil­lan (1972 Du­cati Desmo 450) and Brad Goostrey (1970 Du­cati Scram­bler 450) en­joy­ing the bends. TOP LEFT Leg stretch­ing time at Maple­ton. ABOVE Cameron Ben­son 1973 Har­ley...

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