High­land fling

CEMCC NSW 15th Deben­ham Win­ter Tour

Old Bike Australasia - - RALLY REPORTS DEBENHAM WINTER TOUR - Re­port and photos Jim Scays­brook

June 13/14, 2015 – Moss Vale NSW

Held in per­fect mild win­ter weather, the an­nual Deben­ham Rally, which caters for Vet­eran & Vintage up to 1930, Post Vintage up to 1945 with a max­i­mum 500 cc, up to 250cc Light­weight over 30 years old, and Out­fits up to 1959, drew a full com­pli­ment of 60 en­tries. It was a fit­ting trib­ute to the rally Pa­tron Eric Deben­ham, who passed away just weeks be­fore the event. Eric’s 1938 500cc MSS Ve­lo­cette was rid­den in the rally by its new owner Dar­ren Buck­ley. Merle and Allan Graham once again had things per­fectly or­gan­ised, with mar­shals placed strate­gi­cally and a morn­ing tea stop at Ne­pean Dam. The Vet­er­ans were well rep­re­sented by Ian Richard­son’s 1915 Peer­less, Kevin Board­man’s 1914 Dou­glas and sev­eral oth­ers that are ap­proach­ing their cen­te­nary, but as usual it was the more mod­ern Lightweigh­ts, 250s, 200s and 125s that dom­i­nated by sheer weight of num­bers. Leav­ing the Moss Vale Car­a­van Park, the route fol­lowed the Old Hume High­way to the morn­ing tea stop at Yerrinbool, then back to Mit­tagong for lunch at the RSL Club. Then it was another 30 km back to Moss Vale via the Wombeyan Caves Road, where many fresh­ened up for din­ner at the Moss Vale Ser­vices Club.

The rally is a great so­cial event with won­der­ful coun­try roads that are well suited to the older and less pow­er­ful bikes, and will be on again in 2016 over the week­end of 11-12 June.

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