A day on the green

Pen­rite Laverda Con­cours

Old Bike Australasia - - RALLY REPORTS LAVERDA CONCOURS - Re­port and photos Gaven Dall’Osto

19 July, 2015 – Cleve­land Show Grounds, Qld.

The 27th run­ning of the an­nual Laverda Con­cours has been run and won. A chilly start in the morn­ing of the 19th July, but it was thank­fully milder than the po­lar blast of the pre­vi­ous week. The forecast of a 70% chance of rain saw dark clouds loom­ing but only a few wispy showers of rain oc­curred dur­ing the day. The crowds still came and the ex­hibits were again phe­nom­e­nal. The judges had their work cut out for them in try­ing to pick a win­ner from the 160-odd mo­tor­cy­cles en­tered for the Con­cours.

This year a large por­tion of the money raised on the day will be do­nated to the Race­safe Med­i­cal Team and the Make A Wish Foun­da­tion. The Foun­da­tion helps young kids with lifethreat­en­ing med­i­cal con­di­tions and they also had a stall at the Con­cours on the day. Dakota, a young lady who was granted a Wish by the Foun­da­tion was in­ter­viewed to ex­plain the thrill of see­ing her favourite band. She was a bit shy and both she and the Make A Wish rep­re­sen­ta­tive thanked Club Laverda and ev­ery­one for their con­tin­ued sup­port. No al­co­hol, free face paint­ing and kids ac­tiv­i­ties also con­trib­uted to the fam­ily at­mos­phere. The dyno shootout made a come­back this year with tro­phies of­fered for the most horse­power for ma­chines un­der 750cc, over 750cc, and V-Twin ma­chines. MAD (Mo­tor­cy­cle and Dyno Cen­tre from Bren­dale) pro­vided the Dyno and a set of tiered seat­ing was pro­vided each side for the spec­ta­tors. The sweet sound of mo­tor­cy­cle en­gines at full song com­pli­mented the mu­sic of The Dave Rit­ter band. 30-odd busi­ness stalls and as many again mo­tor­cy­cle clubs, had dis­plays setup in a perime­ter around the rows of bikes en­tered for judg­ing. Club Laverda had a row of at least 20 Laver­das on dis­play at the ad­min area. Clas­sic Laver­das haven’t been made for around 30 years but it seems that each year there are more on dis­play which is ev­i­dence of the healthy state of the Qld Club. Pen­rite was again the ma­jor spon­sor for this year’s event with other sig­nif­i­cant spon­sor­ship from Mor­gan & Wacker, Bris­bane Mo­tor­cy­cles, Shan­nons, Team Moto, Bay­side Yamaha, which con­trib­uted to the $2000 first prize. Another 25 busi­nesses con­trib­uted to the 60-odd class tro­phies and an ex­tra $2000 worth of prizes handed out on the day. This year the ‘Bike of the Show’ was ap­pro­pri­ately won by Matt Lay­cock for his beau­ti­fully re­stored 1981 1000cc Laverda Jota. I be­lieve that this was the first time in the 27 years that a Laverda has taken the top spot in the Con­cours. Con­grat­u­la­tions to all the win­ners, spon­sors and Club Laverda for another fan­tas­tic day for mo­tor­cy­clists.

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