A ton-up Ariel en­try

23rd Na­tional Aus­tralian Ariel Reg­is­ter “Panorama” Rally

Old Bike Australasia - - RALLY REPORTS - Re­port Chris­tine Hill­brick-Boyd Pho­tos Grant Pater­son

This year’s AAR Rally was a long trek for some of our mo­tor­cy­cling mem­bers, how­ever, on the doorstep for oth­ers. Bathurst was a great venue hav­ing such a rich his­tory in mo­tor­cy­cle rac­ing. The Bathurst Rally Com­mit­tee took full ad­van­tage of this his­tory and the Fri­day ride in­cor­po­rated the for­mer “Peel Cir­cuit” and the fa­mous Mt Panorama Cir­cuit. On the Sun­day ride mem­bers were treated to rid­ing the 1914 Grand Prix Cir­cuit near Yetholme ap­prox­i­mately 30km from Bathurst. On Mon­day a short ride to Chi­fley Dam was en­joyed stop­ping by the his­toric Aber­crom­bie House be­fore re­turn­ing to the Rally head­quar­ters, the Big 4 Panorama Hol­i­day Park. On Fri­day evening at a May­oral wel­come at the Na­tional Mo­tor Rac­ing Mu­seum, AAR Pres­i­dent John Ham­mond pre­sented Rally Pa­tron and AAR num­ber one mem­ber, John Shanks, with a framed poster of his rac­ing ex­ploits on an Ariel back in the 1950s sur­rounded by rac­ing mo­tor­cy­cles and cars. The poster, fea­tur­ing John on his Ariel, had hung in John’s shed for many years and in past years de­te­ri­o­rated. The Bathurst

1-4 April, 2016 – Bathurst, NSW

Rally Com­mit­tee or­gan­ised to have the poster re­stored and framed to present to John, and a num­ber of smaller copies were made for par­tic­i­pants.

Of in­ter­est at the Pre­sen­ta­tion Din­ner was a talk by Rally Di­rec­tor, Ge­off Fry, who gave us a pot­ted his­tory of the 1914 Bathurst Grand Prix Cir­cuit with pho­tos dat­ing back to 1914 and later races. Ge­off spoke about both the 1914 Bathurst Grand Prix and the 1914 Goul­burn Tourist Tro­phy races as the be­gin­ning of se­ri­ous mo­tor­cy­cle rac­ing in Aus­tralia. The Rally was at­tended by just over 100 en­trants from most states in­clud­ing Tas­ma­nia and the ACT. This well run rally was or­gan­ised by lo­cal AAR mem­bers Ge­off Fry and Ted Reedy with help from their lo­cal Vin­tage and Vet­eran Di­vi­sion of the Panorama Mo­tor­cy­cle Club, the Bathurst His­toric Car Club and East Bathurst Ro­tary. Ma­jor spon­sors were Shan­nons In­sur­ance, Greater Build­ing So­ci­ety and the Bathurst Re­gional Coun­cil. Next year’s Rally is based at Clare, SA. Con­tact de­tails at www.aus­tralia­nariel-reg­is­ter.com.

Head­ing for the hills. Fu­tur­is­tic and fast: Ariel Ar­row twin.

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