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19th Na­ture­land Club Rally

Old Bike Australasia - - RALLY REPORTS - Re­port and pho­tos Norma Flint

1-2 Novem­ber 2014

The 19th Na­ture­land rally, held on the first full week­end of Novem­ber each year and based at Hat Head on the Mid North Coast proved to be a suc­cess with over 140 vis­it­ing rid­ers reg­is­ter­ing to par­tic­i­pate. The weather was per­fect with clear blue skies mak­ing the rides through the quiet roads of the sur­round­ing coun­try­side most en­joy­able. An ini­tia­tive for the Club is the Fri­day af­ter­noon ride that started in 2013 which has been well at­tended both years by rally en­trants want­ing to get off to a fly­ing start. Many peo­ple who come to the rally stay for longer than the week­end with some tak­ing ad­van­tage of the lo­ca­tion to turn it into a week-long hol­i­day. With this in mind, we de­cided last year to trial a Fri­day shake­down run to see if there was any in­ter­est. We had 50 starters, and this year we counted 70 bikes at our des­ti­na­tion at Trial Bay Gaol so I think we can call this a suc­cess­ful ad­di­tion to the rally. Flagged off from the start by Mrs Sylvia Lewis for the Satur­day jaunt were around 170 rid­ers with ad­di­tional vis­i­tors from other lo­cal clubs join­ing in. It was quite a sight as they left the Hat Head Bowl­ing Club and headed off into the coun­try­side. Ev­ery­one en­joyed a de­li­cious morn­ing tea pre­pared by the folk at Eun­gai Creek Pub­lic School be­fore the re­freshed rid­ers set off again for the Miss­abotti Hall where a de­li­cious lunch was wait­ing and the judg­ing took place. It was a hard job for the judges this year with a va­ri­ety of beau­ti­fully main­tained ma­chines to choose from. There were fewer bikes in the older cat­e­gories but the num­bers cer­tainly in­creased from 1955 on­wards. Many of the bikes were “bet­ter than new” but all were rid­den to the lunch stop to qual­ify for judg­ing. The pre­sen­ta­tion din­ner on the Satur­day evening at the Hat Head Bowl­ing Club was very well at­tended with rally prize win­ners adding to the trophy win­ners as happy campers. Sun­day saw a slightly di­min­ished field take to the road on a cir­cu­lar route through Cres­cent Head rid­ing along the Ma­cleay and Bel­more Rivers be­fore end­ing back at the Hat Head Camp­ing Ground for a farewell brunch.

Next year’s rally is our 20th and will be held on 6 – 8 Novem­ber. You can con­tact our Rally or­gan­is­ers by vis­it­ing the club web­site be­low or for more in­for­ma­tion con­tact: Norma Flint of the Na­ture­land Clas­sic Motorcycle Club on 02 6566 5439 or via email at [email protected]int­mar­ket­­ture­land­clas­sic­mo­tor­cy­cle­club.

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