Ve­lo­cette Rally WA

Ve­lo­cette Good Com­pan­ions Rally 2015

Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS - Re­port Keith Can­ning Pho­tos Colleen Can­ning

Ninety-five Velo en­thu­si­asts from all over Aus­tralia as well as from Ger­many, New Zealand and the USA met for our week long an­nual rally. The venue was the Swan­leigh Camp and Con­fer­ence Cen­tre at Middle Swan in the Swan Val­ley near Perth. It was a per­fect set­ting as it of­fered good ac­com­mo­da­tion, great food and plenty of room to spread out and en­joy our­selves. Also si­t­u­ated nearby are many fan­tas­tic winer­ies, choco­late fac­to­ries, cheese and olive stores and craft brew­eries. Mem­bers from the east­ern states chose var­i­ous ways of get­ting them­selves and their bikes there. Some drove and trail­ered, some rode. Both the Vic­to­ria and Queens­land Cen­tres sent ship­ping con­tain­ers full of bikes over on the train, choos­ing to fly them­selves. One cou­ple even caught a sea cruise and stepped off in Perth.

This is the eleventh con­sec­u­tive week-long an­nual Good Com­pan­ions Rally and demon­strates how suc­cess­ful this for­mat has been for our club. The rally kicked off on the Sun­day with the usual un­pack­ing, un­load­ing and mov­ing in along with re­new­ing old friend­ships and mak­ing new ones. Then a wel­come din­ner on Sun­day night to en­lighten all of what was in store for the week. Rides ra­di­ated each day from rally head­quar­ters, Mon­day to Fri­day, tak­ing us on some good bike roads as well as view­ing in some ex­cel­lent scenery. Places vis­ited were York, Toodyay, Avon Val­ley, Kala­munda in­clud­ing the fa­mous Zig Zag Road, the Perth dams and much more. One stop was to the Vin­tage Mo­tor­cy­cle Club of WA clu­b­rooms where they treated us to morn­ing tea and a look at their mem­bers spares scheme and store­room. The weather was warm to say the least and the pool was very pop­u­lar along with a cold drink or two. On Satur­day we vis­ited White­man Park and dis­played the bikes be­fore re­turn­ing to Swan­leigh to load up and make our­selves ready for the Pre­sen­ta­tion Din­ner and danc­ing. Many of us dressed in ‘60s clothes for the din­ner and par­tied well into the night. Cos­tumes were very good and some mem­bers were very hard to recog­nise. They lit­er­ally let their hair down. Over the week of rid­ing we had a

cou­ple of break­downs, but most bikes proved re­li­able. Al­ways in­ter­est­ing is see­ing and be­ing part of the af­ter­noon main­te­nance as each rider cleans and ad­justs things ready for the next day. All this work is usu­ally done with plenty of ad­vice by on­look­ers with a drink in hand; very en­ter­tain­ing and re­lax­ing. Con­grat­u­la­tions to the WA cen­tre for putting on such a bril­liant well or­gan­ised rally. A true team ef­fort. The next Good Com­pan­ions rally is in the Gipp­s­land in Vic­to­ria and we only have a year to wait.

MAIN Ve­los on dis­play White­man Park. BELOW Karan Cuzack, Gra­ham Ar­gall with PC Dave Morse ready to party. The lo­cal butcher in York tries a Velo for size.

ABOVE Club mag­a­zine editor Den­nis Quin­lan on a bor­rowed Guzzi. RIGHT Do­minic Brown from SA waits ready to roll. BELOW Ken Vin­cent at speed on his ex IoM 1929 KTT. LEFT Richard Black­man on his Thrux­ton. BELOW LEFT Alan Mor­ris NSW on his Dod­kin Thrux­ton.

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