Na­ture­land Rally

Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS - Re­port Jim Scaysbrook Pho­tos Sue Scaysbrook

The lit­tle coastal town of Hat Head, near Kempsey on the NSW north coast, swelled to ca­pac­ity for the run­ning of the 21st rally held by the Na­ture­land Clas­sic Mo­tor­cy­cle Club. Even on the Fri­day’s run, which is usu­ally a quiet af­fair, large num­bers of bikes were out en­joy­ing the coun­try roads, and many more ar­rived dur­ing the course of the af­ter­noon, to reach an even­tual line up of more than 160. Fri­day’s run went out through Kempsey for a re­fresh­ment stop at Phil Webb’s prop­erty. Uni­ver­sally known as ‘Kiwi’ Phil has an amaz­ing col­lec­tion of chain­saws – ev­ery­thing from tid­dlers to big brutes of all vin­tages. Satur­day dawned fine and sunny, and after a 9.15 brief­ing the big field headed out for an ex­cel­lent ride that took us to Scotts Head for morn­ing tea, then on to the lunch stop, the fa­mous Pub with No Beer, im­mor­talised in lo­cal lad Slim Dusty’s song. For­tu­nately the beer sit­u­a­tion has been re­dressed, and a fine lunch was en­joyed by all, with judg­ing tak­ing place in the grounds of the quaint ho­tel. Then it was back to Hat Head, ei­ther via the back roads or down the newly-opened high­way, which was a bit of a chore due to strong gusty winds. The pre­sen­ta­tion took place as usual in the Hat Head Bowl­ing Club, and David Flint did an ex­cel­lent job of en­ter­tain­ing the masses while the cater­ing tried to cope with the task of feed­ing the sell­out au­di­ence. A short ride on Sun­day morn­ing, around the Hat Head area, con­cluded pro­ceed­ings, and then it was time to head home, a task made in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult as se­ri­ous bush­fires ranged fur­ther south, even­tu­ally forc­ing the clo­sure of the high­way neat Karuah. It made for a long trip home, but the rid­ing and camaraderi­e in this very scenic part of the coun­try more than made up for it. As al­ways, the mar­shals and helpers did a ter­rific job, the back-up trail­ers coped well, and ev­ery­one had a great week­end.

Satur­day lunch stop at the fa­mous beer­less pub. ABOVE Mark Kunze on his 1959 Golden Flash BSA. BE­LOW RIGHT Ferne Thomp­son on her Suzuki T20. BOT­TOM RIGHT War­ren Walsm­ley en­joy­ing the coun­try roads on his 1972 Moto Guzzi V7.

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