BSAs in­vade Clare Val­ley

2015 BSA Na­tional Rally

Old Bike Australasia - - RALLY REPORTS BSA NATIONAL - Re­port and pho­tos Paul Mur­phy and Jim Nixon

6-8 Novem­ber, 2015 – Clare Val­ley, SA.

The Beau­ti­ful Clare Val­ley would have to be one of the best lo­ca­tions on this en­tire planet to hold a Na­tional BSA Rally, and the Clare Car­a­van Park was just a su­perb choice for Rally HQ. This was a truly Na­tional event with 27 en­tries from Vic­to­ria, 7 from NSW, 4 each from Qld and the ACT and one that came all the way from the USA; does that make it an in­ter­na­tional rally? Fri­day evening saw the gath­er­ing of the troops for the first time at the din­ner BBQ; a chance for all to meet new friends and for oth­ers to rekin­dle old friend­ships Déjà vu on Satur­day morn­ing when we gath­ered for break­fast. For some the con­ver­sa­tion just con­tin­ued where it had left off the night be­fore, but the mood of the pun­ters had shifted slightly to one of an­tic­i­pa­tion as the start of the first day’s ride ap­proached. Gath­er­ing at the Clare Sports Ground were more than 130 mo­tor­cy­cles, all Bri­tish and mostly BSAs. We even had lo­cals join us just for the day’s ride. The lo­cal Mayor had come down to wish us the best, thank us for spend­ing money in his town and to see us off. What a char­ac­ter! Fan­tas­tic sense of hu­mour and a great send-off for the ride. Morn­ing tea saw us in the Blyth Ho­tel with the bikes stretch­ing nearly the en­tire length of the main street. The group was gath­ered out the front of the Blyth Ho­tel for the usual photo be­fore we headed off back through Clare and then out to Burra for lunch. The un­sea­sonal heavy rain ear­lier in the week had caused the ceil­ing to col­lapse on our lunch venue in Burra so the troops had to fend for them­selves at the var­i­ous other ‘in­tact’ es­tab­lish­ments in town. This turn of events didn’t seem to faze any­body though with some of our crowd tak­ing the op­por­tu­nity to wan­der the street and ex­plore Burra. Af­ter lunch we headed off again – some on the short ride back to Clare and some on the long ride home via Spald­ing and a chance to open up the throt­tle – just a lit­tle bit. Back at Rally HQ Happy Hour turned into happy one and a half hours which turned into happy two hours. All this while the bikes were be­ing dis­played twenty me­tres away for the judg­ing of the tro­phies on of­fer. Later that evening we all gath­ered at the Clare Val­ley Func­tion Cen­tre for the Satur­day night din­ner, raf­fles, auc­tions and tro­phy pre­sen­ta­tions all MC’d su­perbly and might I say ‘en­er­get­i­cally’ by our own Howard Parslow. If you didn’t have a good evening then you weren’t try­ing. Dar­ren and Lisa Zacher from South Aus­tralia were big win­ners on the night with a re­cently re­stored and su­perbly pre­sented 1932 Sloper tak­ing out ‘Best Vin­tage’, ‘Best Sin­gle’ and ‘Best restora­tion’. But the week­end be­longed to a re­cent ad­di­tion to the South Aus­tralian fam­ily; Ger­ard Row­ley and his 1969 Rob North BSA Rocket 3. This ab­so­lutely beau­ti­ful bike was a crowd favourite tak­ing out the ‘Best Mod­ern’, ‘Best Triple’ and the Na­tional Peo­ples Choice Tro­phy for Best Over­all BSA. Sun­day morn­ing we were off again, this time head­ing south be­cause south is where it is cooler and it was get­ting bloody warm. A quick stop in Manoora gave us the op­por­tu­nity to look through the lo­cal Mu­seum and then off to River­ton for morn­ing tea. I noted that af­ter leav­ing River­ton a lot of the tyres on the bikes looked slightly more laden. More su­perb rid­ing through ab­so­lutely beau­ti­ful coun­try­side and we ar­rived at Martin­dale Hall, Min­taro for the lunch and the fi­nal stop of the Rally. The bikes were all lined up again and the troops were gath­ered (like herd­ing cats) for a photo out the front of the Hall and then it was all over. Hope those that were there had a great time – see you all in Vic­tor Har­bor for the 2016 South Aus­tralia BSA Rally from Novem­ber 4-6.

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