New­cas­tle Rally

Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS - Re­port and pho­tos Lynda Gibbs

Our An­nual Rally saw a to­tal of 81 pre-reg­is­tered rid­ers and a cou­ple ex­tra on the day. The three-day event saw a cou­ple of en­trants ar­rive ear­lier in the week and took ad­van­tage of the weather and our roads to ex­plore the re­gion to­gether. The Rally started with the Fri­day ride head­ing to­wards Le­mon Tree Pas­sage and the wa­ters of Port Stephens. Back at the car­a­van park, as fur­ther rid­ers be­gan to ar­rive, a wel­come BBQ was held and regis­tra­tion packs handed out ready for Satur­day’s big ride. With the skies com­pletely clear, but a chill­ing breeze in the air, the rid­ers set off from Stock­ton. The first leg of the ride took every­one on the out­skirts of Ray­mond Ter­race to the back roads of Hin­ton and Phoenix Park, ar­riv­ing at Mor­peth for Morn­ing Tea. With soup to warm the belly and cof­fee and cake to feed the soul, Tim Glas­son got up and gave di­rec­tions for the next leg to Vacy. With the rid­ers be­ing split at Bol­warra, the short ride took the en­trants through To­cal, Pater­son and onto Vacy. The Long ride headed be­hind Maitland, through to Elder­slie and onto Gres­ford be­fore ar­riv­ing at Vacy Fire Sta­tion. As al­ways there was plenty of food on of­fer and dessert to match. The Rally slowly made its way back to Stock­ton for Pre­sen­ta­tion and Din­ner at the Stock­ton RSL Club. Bruce Cruick­shank put on a great Trivia Quiz and a sur­prise visit from the HUGS (Happy Ukulele Group Stock­ton) who did a mu­si­cal per­for­mance.

Af­ter a cou­ple of years of rainy Sun­days, we fi­nally had a beau­ti­ful day to show off our beaches. The rid­ers en­joyed the “Beaches Run”, ex­plor­ing New­cas­tle’s big­gest draw card. The rid­ers ended up at Bar Beach be­fore head­ing back for an early lunch and home. As al­ways, lots of vol­un­teers to thank for mak­ing the Rally week­end run smooth and the or­gan­is­ers who tire­lessly put to­gether the week­end that was greatly en­joyed by all.

A trio of blue Suzuki’s: Terry Lewis’ 1976 GT750, Alan Craig’s 1978 X7, and Lenny Mud­dle’s 1980 GSX1100. Cross­ing the bridge at Mor­peth. James McCusker’s 1931 Rudge and Ian Martin’s 1939 BSA.

Bike of the Rally: Joanne Monk’s 1929 Rudge.

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