Pos­i­tive at­ti­tude

Pos­i­tive Earth Mo­tor­cy­cle Rally

Old Bike Australasia - - RACE REPORTS SA HISTORIC TITLES - Re­port and pho­tos Steve Prince

Jan­uary, 2015 – Farewell Spit, NZ

“Per­fect” is the only way to de­scribe the in­au­gu­ral Pos­i­tive Earth Rally held at Wharariki Beach Hol­i­day Park, 6km from Farewell Spit at the top of the NZ South Is­land. What is a Pos­i­tive Earth Rally? Well, you may only at­tend the rally on a mo­tor­cy­cle with a pos­i­tive-earth po­lar­ity elec­tri­cal sys­tem, which means, no Ja­panese, no Asian, no Amer­i­can and no Euro­pean – only Bri­tish. Yes, that’s right. Only Bri­tish mo­tor­cy­cles had a pos­i­tive earth charg­ing sys­tem from circa 1950 up to and in­clud­ing 1978 for all makes and mod­els. What you end up with is the Golden Era of Bri­tish ma­chin­ery – thank you Joseph Lu­cas. About 35 mem­bers at­tended, trav­el­ling from near and far. Iain Brown trav­elled down from Hamil­ton in the north on his 1960 ES2 Nor­ton, while Elle Prince rode over 250 miles by her­self on her lovely 1952 Tri­umph Black­bird, ar­riv­ing in the evening to a cheer­ing crowd. There was a good se­lec­tion of bikes in­clud­ing AJS, Matchless, Nor­ton and Tri­umph. Ev­ery­one had a great time chat­ting, drink­ing, and lis­ten­ing to mu­sic. In the evening, the Colling­wood Tav­ern de­liv­ered fish, chips and salad. The weather was ex­cel­lent with only slight driz­zle on the ride home on Sun­day. Our thanks go to Dion at the hol­i­day park for book­ing us the whole camp and to Mur­ray and Louise for or­gan­is­ing the event. We look for­ward to next year’s rally which will be held at a dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tion, with date to be ad­vised.

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