HMCCQ Com­bined Ar­eas Break­fast Run

Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS - Re­port and pho­tos Gaven Dall’Osto

The first HMCCQ event for each New Year is the Com­bined Ar­eas Break­fast Run and I al­ways look for­ward to the ride. Af­ter nav­i­gat­ing the dan­gers of fam­ily gath­er­ings, too much food and drink and no se­ri­ous rid­ing over the Christ­mas New Year pe­riod, it’s great to dust off the bike and catch-up will all the other club mem­bers. The event has also be­come pop­u­lar with the gen­eral pub­lic who come along to see the ar­ray of his­toric bikes on dis­play. Mem­bers come from as far as Dalby, Kin­garoy, Sun­shine and Gold Coast to the Red Cedar Pic­nic Area, Mt Glo­ri­ous. It is a great spot to gather with a large open pad­dock sur­rounded by trees and hav­ing toi­lets and pic­nic shel­ters. Again a few ded­i­cated Club mem­bers came early to se­cure the fa­cil­i­ties and setup the bar­bie, urn etc. Barry Deeth had booked an overnight stay at the Som­er­set Dam camp­ing area so the vet­eran and vin­tage own­ers could ride to the venue over ter­rain more suited to their power and brak­ing sys­tems. There were at least 20 veter­ans and vin­tage bikes on dis­play which was fan­tas­tic. The other ar­eas or­gan­ised small rid­ing groups from their lo­ca­tion. The main ad­van­tage of this type of event is that you can stay as long as you like and spend time talk­ing look­ing over the bikes, whereas on most other runs you spend rid­ing and don’t get a chance to meet new peo­ple nor con­verse or do some se­ri­ous study of the mo­tor­cy­cles. The weather was per­fect and the grass was beau­ti­fully mown this year; the work of some ded­i­cated mem­bers who bought out their mow­ers es­pe­cially for the event. There were eas­ily 300 bikes or so that made the jour­ney and none were dis­ap­point­ing. Gra­ham Bull had his 1915 748cc AJS, Model D, fall back to 1 cylin­der and it was dis­cov­ered that a pick-up had dis­lodged from the mag­neto. Given the dif­fi­culty to re­fit the pick-up prop­erly he and his ride buddy re­ferred to the Aussie road­side re­pair hand­book. A tree branch of an ap­pro­pri­ate shape, di­am­e­ter, length and elas­tic­ity was plucked from the road­side. One end was placed on the pick-up and then wo­ven be­tween the en­gine and frame and locked in po­si­tion. Per­fect in­su­la­tion and heat re­sis­tance, still in place on ar­rival and look­ing good for the jour­ney home. A bevy of other con­course qual­ity bikes was present as well as many with their orig­i­nal paint and well used patina. Well done to the worker bees of the com­bined ar­eas for mow­ing, or­gan­is­ing and cater­ing for a truly won­der­ful event.

The old timers were out inforce. Bob Bar­low ad­justs the back wheel on his beau­ti­ful 1929 500 cc Nor­ton CS1. ABOVE Brad Goost­rey re­united with his old 1970 BSA 650 Thun­der­bolt. RIGHT Eclec­tic mix­ture from The Land of the Ris­ing Sun. BELOW LEFT Rare Ital­ian: racy red Moto Guzzi Fal­cone Nuovo with all the tour­ing gear.

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