Vincent Velocette Rally
Vincent Velocette Rally 1 May, 2016 – Mittagong, NSW
Yet another successful rally at Moss Vale despite the weather trying to make life difficult. There was a good turn out again although numbers were down on last year due to illness, bikes broken etc. It was nice to see Peter Goode up and about but not riding, after his back operation. Once again the Wendens did a great job with breakfast, making sure we all started the day with a full belly. Richard Lloyd arrived on his B Rapide from Moruya, his longest ride and first Vincent rally. He had an entertaining ride up when his clutch started to slip in Kangaroo Valley. He had no choice but to have a play with it and it performed well for the rest of the weekend. 14 Velocettes and 7 Vincents made up the field for 2106. After a hearty meal and a few drinks in the club it was a fairly early night to prepare for the Saturday ride. The ride was organised by Rod Moore but due to family commitments he couldn’t attend. We headed to Burrawang for morning tea and most of us had a few calories and cholesterol plus tea/coffee in most enjoyable surroundings. It was then off to Bargo via two routes and everyone eventually made it, although some took a third route and others experienced mild mechanical issues. Sadly one Velocette ended up on the recovery vehicle due to a flat tyre. The weather was now almost perfect with some ominous clouds quietly moving by and the sun weakly warming us. After a lazy lunch we all headed back to Moss Vale via the long or short route and all agreed that Rod had done an excellent job on planning the rides. I noted there were several Series Bs in attendance which was very pleasing. Jim Alexander chose (sensibly) to only do the ride to Burrawang and back to Moss Vale on his 1928 Vincent HRD. Back at rally HQ it was time to have an afternoon drink then some of us showered and changed for dinner. The food was probably better than last year and the plates were left clean. As usual there were no prizes and only a couple of short speeches then everyone slowly made it back to the camping ground. Sunday morning was wet and dismal. An early visitor to the Rally HQ was Tony Hatton, who rode from his home nearby on his wife Hayley’s MZ 125 which he had restored. Barry Graham also brought along his 680 Brough on the Sunday. Richard Lloyd was about to leave when a few of us noted how small his air filters were. This, we advised, would lead to a rich mixture, reduced power and a very wet exhaust. On the way home he removed them and instantly noticed an improvement in throttle response and power. He also noticed that when he arrived home his exhaust pipe was dry for the first time. Amazing what you can learn at a rally!
The Velocette camp takes on sustenance before the Saturday ride. Barry Graham with his 680 Brough.