Cel­e­brat­ing our GP cen­te­nary

OBA 49 Bathurst 100 Rally

Old Bike Australasia - - RALLY REPORTS - Re­port and pho­tos Jim Scays­brook

10-11 Novem­ber 2014 – Bathurst, NSW

Due in no small part to the ex­haus­tive re­search con­ducted by OBA contributo­r Peter Shan­non, the his­tory of the Aus­tralian Motorcycle Grand Prix is now much clearer. The fea­ture story in OBA 47 gave the full back­ground to the 1914 and 1915 Grand Prix races, held on a 15.5 mile (24.8km) cir­cuit link­ing the vil­lages of Kirk­con­nell, Sunny Cor­ner and Meadow Lea, ap­prox­i­mately half­way be­tween Lith­gow and Bathurst. On Satur­day Novem­ber 8th, a ded­i­cated group led by his­to­ri­ans Ge­off Fry and Bob New­ton staged a cel­e­bra­tion of the 1914 Grand Prix, 100 years and one month after the event. A huge roll up of veteran ma­chines, some rid­den by gen­tle­men and ladies in pe­riod cos­tume, de­scended on Kirk­con­nell, which is to­day lit­tle more than a ba­sic tim­ber church, which stands just 200 me­tres from the start­ing point of the 1914 race. A bril­liant late spring day pro­vided a per­fect set­ting for the

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