Bologna’s best on show

Old Bike Australasia - - RALLY REPORTS - Story Si­ita Ri­vas

The Du­cati Own­ers Club of NSW, now in its 39th year, has just held their an­nual Con­cours d’El­e­gance on a not too sunny Sun­day in Septem­ber. The event, as well as the dis­play, for lovers of Du­catis and other fine Ital­ian thor­ough­breds is also a fundraiser for the Club’s cho­sen char­ity, the Royal Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion & Dis­abil­ity Sup­port Net­work (Royal Re­hab) and was held on the hospi­tal’s grounds at Put­ney. A fes­tive at­mos­phere was the or­der of the day with the ad­di­tion of food stalls and the om­nipresent sound of Cap­puc­cino ma­chines. The Club’s Re­galia and Mer­chan­dise mar­quees did a roar­ing trade sell­ing ap­parel and raf­fle tick­ets to the ben­e­fit of the char­ity. Many of Syd­ney’s bet­ter known Du­cati work­shops dis­played their wares and this year Fraser Mo­tor­cy­cles brought along their big red truck which was burst­ing at the seams with the lat­est from Bologna. A great crowd of bike en­thu­si­asts braved the in­clement weather to see this year’s dis­play of fine Du­catis, from early Sin­gles and Bevel Twins, to the lat­est Pani­gales, Mul­tistradas and Di­avels, all com­pet­ing for unique tro­phies de­signed in-house by a Club Mem­ber and do­nated by Fraser Mo­tor­cy­cles and Syd­ney’s new­est Du­cati con­ces­sion­aire, Syd­ney City Mo­tor Cy­cles of Lane Cove. Win­ner of the “Best Rac­ing Du­cati”, was a 350 Sin­gle owned by Hugh Grant, along­side a taste­fully mod­i­fied Di­avel, win­ner of “Best Du­cati Mus­cle Bike/Cruiser. Ge­orge Pethard took out the “Best Sport Clas­sic” with his im­mac­u­late Paul Smart 1000. The “Best Bevel Drive Tour­ing” was won by Gary Peters with his 1972 750GT.

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