Tassie turns it on

29th An­nual Ross Motorcycle Rally

Old Bike Australasia - - RALLY ROUND UP - Re­port Noel Saward Pho­tos Co­ral Saward

23 Novem­ber 2014 – Ross, Tas­ma­nia

The Vin­tage Mo­tor Cy­cle Club of Tas­ma­nia hosted its 29th an­nual Motorcycle Show in the his­toric town of Ross in Tas­ma­nia’s North­ern Mid­lands, and what a spec­tac­u­lar event it was this year, with hun­dreds of mo­tor­cy­cles on show and many hun­dreds more in the car park. Well over 1,000 en­thu­si­asts gath­ered to dream and drool over mo­tor­cy­cles on dis­play, to buy from var­i­ous mer­chan­dise ven­dors and to try their luck in find­ing the elu­sive rare part in the swap meet area. One ven­dor was sell­ing ice cold home­made ginger beer that went down very well in the per­fect sunny weather that we were blessed with on the day. The motorcycle deal­ers in­clud­ing Tri­umph, BMW and Royal En­field en­joyed a steady flow of in­ter­est through their dis­play ar­eas. I for one found the new Royal-En­field ‘Con­ti­nen­tal’ replica very im­pres­sive. Quite a few club mem­bers trav­elled to Ross the pre­vi­ous night and set up camp, en­joy­ing many good sto­ries and laughs and watched the mo­tor­cy­cles en­ter­ing the show­ground on Sun­day morn­ing, which turned from trick­ling in, to ar­riv­ing in droves. My­self and Ken Jupp, the in­fa­mous pre-unit Tri­umph guru, were priv­i­leged with judg­ing this year’s event and ‘wow’, what a job it turned out to be. We cir­cled the show­ground a min­i­mum of eight times just to take in the amaz­ing qual­ity of restora­tions and the vast amount of rare and un­usual ma­chin­ery. The Ja­panese sec­tion was the hard­est to judge due to the large amount of ‘con­course’ ma­chines. The restora­tions on some of th­ese mar­ques was sec­ond to none. As only one can be the win­ner in each cat­e­gory, I will take this op­por­tu­nity to con­grat­u­late all par­tic­i­pants and to en­cour­age you to re­turn next year to hope­fully take out a prize. Many thanks must be given to all club mem­bers and helpers on the day who helped make this an ex­cep­tional event once again – es­pe­cially the knowl­edge­able Howard Bur­rows who ex­cels in the art of spruik­ing over the Pub­lic Ad­dress sys­tem. Next

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