Monarchs MCC– Dargo High Plains Rally
13-14 September, 2014 – Dargo, Vic
The 34th annual ‘Dargo High Plains’ Rally was held by the Monarchs M.C.C. Originally the Monarchs promoted the rally with the view to it being Victoria’s answer to the Alpine Rally. A remote site and challenging ride were essential to this aim. This year, with ideal conditions of balmy spring weather, the rallyists were able to fully enjoy some of Victoria’s finest bitumen between Bairnsdale or Stratford and the isolated hamlet of Dargo. From Dargo the route is via the High Plains Road, climbing steeply in places, for about 15km to the Macmillan Track turnoff that marks the end of the bitumen. Along the Macmillan Track are a few historic gold mining sites and some elevated clearings with magnificent views across the alps. This track is rutted and quite steep in places; its 15km is quite challenging for road machines, and more so for the classic machines that make the trip.
Maybe due to the organizing clubs members’ taste, this event has always attracted a cohort of classic motorcycle enthusiasts. These enthusiasts are a special breed; they are more inclined to attend to the functionality of their machines, than to the cosmetic fripperies. There were no concours d’elegance contenders here, no trailered catwalk exotica, rather, sensibly cared for, hard ridden and therefore, fully enjoyed machines.
There were no failures reported, and given the distances ridden and rough conditions of the track, this is high testimony to the machine preparation skills of those involved. Of about 120 people attending the rally, there were about 20 who rode their classic machines.