Small won­ders

Old Bike Australasia - - RALLY REPORTS - Re­port & Pho­tos Ray Kinch

I at­tended the Gun­ning His­toric Mo­tor Club’s in­au­gu­ral Tid­dlers Rally for bikes un­der 250 cc. Gun­ning is lo­cated on the Old Hume High­way be­tween Goul­burn and Yass. Around 45 bikes and rid­ers par­tic­i­pated. Bikes ranged from a 1965 Honda Cub to John Somerville’s Bul­taco Me­tralla.

The rally be­gan at the Gun­ning Show­ground at 10 am and con­cluded at 1 pm. We cov­ered ap­prox­i­mately 70 km on very quiet back roads around Gun­ning, this was a de­light for the slow mov­ing tid­dlers. The GHMC mem­bers pro­vided a sump­tu­ous morn­ing tea stop at Breadal­bane con­sist­ing of freshly cooked pikelets with jam and cream, tea and cof­fee. The return trip to Gun­ning Show­ground pro­vided some in­ter­est­ing rid­ing on car-free roads that had lots of twisty cor­ners and fast runs of 60-80 m/h. Rid­ers were treated to a BBQ lunch with sal­ads and dessert which was fol­lowed by the tro­phy pre­sen­ta­tion. Every­one thor­oughly en­joyed the day and the GHMC an­nounced that the rally would be held again next year.

It was great to see four Bridge­stone 175s in at­ten­dance; I sus­pect a first at re­cent Ral­lies. Lau­rie Board­man from Cam­den brought his Hur­ri­cane Scram­bler, Bob Ed­wards (2016 VJMC mul­ti­ple tro­phy win­ner) brought his Dual Twin (DT), John Rich from Syd­ney brought his DT as did my­self. All bikes were 1967 mod­els.

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