Best of Birm­ing­ham

10th BSA Na­tional Rally

Old Bike Australasia - - RALLY REPORTS - Re­port Peter Smith Pho­tog­ra­phers Craig Greene, John Meb­ber­son, Mark West­field

3-6 Oc­to­ber, 2014 – Goul­burn Sth Car­a­van Pk, NSW

This, the 10th BSA Na­tional Rally, ro­tated back to NSW where it ex­panded to a 3-day for­mat over the Oc­to­ber long week­end. The weather was ab­so­lutely per­fect, a ma­jor im­prove­ment on the winds which at­tacked or­gan­is­ers the day be­fore the start as we at­tempted to put up three large Cole­man tents. The Rally at­tracted rid­ers and fam­i­lies from South Aus­tralia, Vic­to­ria and Queens­land as well as a large lo­cal con­tin­gent. Sev­eral at­ten­dees rode from their home states with Owen Car­peter on his M20 from South Aus­tralia edg­ing out Harry Wor­thing­ton who de­cided to ride from Tas­ma­nia. A to­tal of 103 rid­ers regis­tered, along with pil­lions, side­car jock­eys, spouses, chil­dren and dogs! There were the usual hic­cups with ac­com­mo­da­tion but ev­ery­one seemed con­tent with their lodg­ings, which was a re­lief as Goul­burn was also host­ing a Cobra club rally and the Li­lac Fes­ti­val on the same week­end. Quite a few at­ten­dees brought sev­eral BSAs, with the largest model rep­re­sen­ta­tions be­ing the later post1960s big twins, both wet and dry frame, Golden Flashes and a glo­ri­ous ar­ray of DB and DBD Gold Stars. Seven Rocket Threes turned up, as well as some beau­ti­fully re­stored pre-war ma­chines in­clud­ing Kim Carothers’ 1936 J12 twin and Richard Cor­bet’s 1933 and 1934 Blue Star pair. Mike Reilly brought down from Queens­land his light blue 1953 Su­per Flash, quite a rare beast in Aus­tralia. The two ma­jor runs, on Satur­day to Tarago and Bun­gen­dore and Sun­day a round trip to Crook­well, were en­joyed by all as many had never seen how good the roads and scenery are for rid­ing around Goul­burn. The city’s Ro­tary Club pro­vided break­fasts at the camp­site and a great din­ner was held at the Goul­burn Work­ers Club on Satur­day, where the con­cours prizes were awarded. It was a great week­end rally and the NSW BSA Club is al­ready plan­ning the next to be held in the state in 2017, brought for­ward a year so that Vic­to­ria can com­bine their Na­tional with the In­ter­na­tional BSA Rally to be held there in 2018.

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