Down by the river

Old Bike Australasia - - RALLY REPORTS - Story and pho­tos Jim Scays­brook

A change of venue (al­beit just one kilo­me­ter fur­ther down the Hawkes­bury River) did noth­ing to dampen en­thu­si­asm for the Mac­quarie Towns Restoratio­n and Preser­va­tion Club’s an­nual show day. Held in bril­liant sun­shine, the day at­tracted around 90 mo­tor­cy­cles for the dis­play it­self, plus sev­eral hun­dred more for vis­i­tors. Judg­ing was un­der­taken in nine cat­e­gories, plus awards for Best Orig­i­nal Pre ’70 and Best Ja­panese, the lat­ter in recog­ni­tion of the club’s late trea­surer Steve Thomp­son. To en­cour­age the en­try of non-con­cours bikes, third place in each cat­e­gory was awarded to the best un-re­stored or orig­i­nal model – an in­no­va­tion that proved very pop­u­lar.

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