Ariels and oth­ers

HMCCQ Pine Rivers Mostly Ariel Rally 2016

Old Bike Australasia - - RACE REPORTS AMAROO 4OTH ANNIVERSAR­Y - Re­port and photos Gaven Dall’Osto

25 Septem­ber, 2016 – Strath­pine, Qld.

The new Club House for the Pine Rivers Area of the HMCCQ was the start point for their 2016 Mostly Ariel Rally. The good weather fore­cast had changed overnight and show­ers were com­ing through from the west. This didn’t de­ter the hearty and 15 Ariels and 25 other brands (in­clud­ing one mys­te­ri­ously badged Ari­umph). The street di­rectly in front of the club­house was re­served for the Ariels which were lined up neatly. A few drops of rain be­fore the brief­ing but thank­fully that was all un­til the af­ter­noon when most of us should have al­ready re­turned home.

It was the first club ride from the new club­house so Glynn Leitch pro­duced a leaflet for a let­ter box drop to in­vite the neigh­bours. The rid­ers and neigh­bours were also in­vited to the free bar­be­cue at the rally con­clu­sion, to cel­e­brate our new home and to show the lo­cals that their new neigh­bours were re­ally a nice bunch of old mo­tor­cy­cle en­thu­si­asts. Barry Deeth (Pine Rivers Area Pres­i­dent) had four of his fam­ily rid­ing on 3 of his Ariels and he wel­comed the gath­er­ing. Glynn Leitch then briefed the rid­ers be­fore lead­ing the mar­shals to their post­ing for the first leg up to the Mt Mee lock­out. Jenny and Lex drove the backup ve­hi­cles. Ev­ery­body got to the look­out safely with only one bike on the trailer. In­ter­est­ingly the lady in the Mt. Mee cof­fee van was na­tive to the Ukraine and she no­ticed a mo­tor­cy­cle which needed a fur­ther look. Yvonne Macken­zie loves her Dnepr out­fit and the fox tail (on an ex­tended whip aerial) is a fa­mil­iar site on many ral­lies. Yes the Dnepr is also na­tive of Ukraine and Mt Mee was the last place Aliona thought to see one, and she took a few photos to send back to her Dad who still lives there. Thank­fully the road was dry while we then trekked down the moun­tain and back to Stan­ley Street af­ter 120km and still only one mo­tor­cy­cle on the trailer. Gary Wood­cock and Brad Goost­rey manned the tongs at the bar­bie while many helpers laid out the ta­ble for the food, cold and hot drinks. Many thanks to the Pine Rivers Area mem­bers and their fam­i­lies. It was in­deed an­other great day in the life of a mo­tor­cy­clist and es­pe­cially for the Ariel own­ers for which the rally was mostly or­gan­ised.

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