The Boonah Bash

Old Bike Australasia - - RALLY ROUNDUP - Re­port Brian & Ju­dith Holzi­gal Pho­tos Gaven Dall’Osto

This event came about af­ter my dis­cus­sion with Wayne Renz of Boonah; a keen AJS/Match­less owner and Vice Pres­i­dent of the AJS Own­ers Club. I am a keen Nor­ton Owner and we both lamented on the lack of events in Queens­land ca­ter­ing for these brands. As these three and James, Fran­cis Bar­nett and Sun­beam were also part of the AMC group, we de­cide to do some­thing. Cindy Renz and Jude got it to­gether, al­though un­der the Toowoomba Area for club in­sur­ance, and af­ter six months of set­ting routes, or­gan­is­ing ca­ter­ing and heaps of meet­ings, the week­end finally ar­rived. The weather was fine but un­sea­son­ably hot. There were 20 Match­less, 20 AJS and a dozen or so Nor­tons, one James, one Fran­cis Bar­nett and one Sun­beam. The old­est bike was Paul Gille­spie’s 1917 AJS. They all per­formed mar­vel­lously on both the rides, Satur­day’s 40 miler and Sun­day’s 100 miler. Satur­day’s ride was to the North of Boonah with rolling hills and sweep­ing bends punc­tu­ated by a half hour stop at the bottom pub in Har­risville. The Boonah Show So­ci­ety catered for Satur­day night’s sit-down din­ner and from what I could gauge, the crowd was pleased. We had about 25 small gifts to give away dur­ing the course of the evening. Sun­day saw Wayne’s brother, Mike on the grill for brekky and lunch and what a great job he did. Wayne and Cindy’s chil­dren, Jef­frey and Kirsty and their daugh­ter and son in law Su­san and Wade put in a great ef­fort with break­fast, smoko and lunch. The Sun­day ride to the south of Boonah saw some great rid­ing by the dams and over Mount Bar­ney. This whole Fas­sifern/Scenic Rim area of Queens­land makes for some pleas­ant and pic­turesque rid­ing. Some of the cor­ner work­ers were up to thirty min­utes late for smoko (and I apol­o­gise) due to Gra­ham (not his fault) from Toowoomba, the main back-up man with his ute and trailer. His run lit­er­ally ground to a halt 15kms from the start when the rear ve­hi­cle wheel fell off, and was lost along with the brake drum. Our other back up driver for both days was also the Satur­day ride plan­ner Neil Moore, a lo­cal Booner­ite who is close to fin­ish­ing his Com­mando; a very wel­come ef­fort from him. The mo­tor­cy­cles were judged by a cou­ple of mystery guests and not nec­es­sar­ily awarded to the shini­est ma­chine. It is a rally, not a show af­ter all. There were a lot of great ma­chines and not enough tro­phies. Gaven Dall’Osto got quite a few nice shots of the week­end, and I would also like to thank Gaven for his time and ef­fort help­ing to make this rally one to re­mem­ber. Many thanks to the con­tin­gent from Pine Rivers who turned up on Sun­day and were first out the gate to do some cor­ner drop off. Also many thanks to Keith Clath­wor­thy for bring­ing out the gas fired Bris­bane urn for our Sun­day smoko.

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