Barossa Rally

Barossa Val­ley Clas­sic MCC

Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS - Re­port and pho­tos Peter Straw­bridge

De­spite weather threat­en­ing to wreak havoc, the 2016 An­nual Rally saw ap­prox­i­mately fifty bikes leave the Nu­ri­ootpa Sports Com­plex on time. The run to An­gas­ton, over Men­glers Hill, through Bethany, ar­riv­ing at Faith Lutheran Col­lege at 10 am for morn­ing tea was dry and un-event­ful. The bikes were parked up and ev­ery­one made the most of their time here con­sum­ing hot cof­fee, savouries, bis­cuits and fresh scones jam and cream. The Barossa has some very nice restau­rants and bak­eries, but the stan­dard pre­sented here by Bianca Sae­gen­schnit­ter at the Faith School Can­teen could give them all a run for their money. Soon an hour had passed, and the weather had de­te­ri­o­rated, and light rain was start­ing to fall by the time ev­ery­one was back on their bikes and head­ing for Marananga and Sep­pelts­field.

The rain had set­tled in by this time, and about half chose to take the short route back to Nu­ri­ootpa, while the oth­ers braved the weather to con­tinue the ex­tra 38 km through Ka­punda be­fore re­turn­ing to the rally grounds for lunch. Ev­ery­one was happy to be back in the warmth and soon the com­plex was filled with chat­ter, which only re­ceded when the lunch was served. Thanks to Mark and Glo­ria Rosensweig we were treated to a healthy serve of cooked to per­fec­tion roast beef, chicken, pota­toes and sal­ads, fol­lowed by the fruit salad and ice cream. I heard plenty of talk about great food, mo­tor­bikes, pre­vi­ous ral­lies, old times and great friend­ships, but de­spite the weather I didn’t hear any­one say they hadn’t en­joyed the day. The weather cleared dur­ing lunch, and Tony Co­dring­ton was seen to be do­ing some cir­cle work on Dave Brau­nacks’ Malvern Star/DOT, while par­tic­i­pants were se­lect­ing the peo­ples’ choice award. There wasn’t a great deal of chrome shin­ing on any of the en­tered bikes at this stage, but it wasn’t hard to find some­thing you would like to have in your own shed, then cast your vote. After all be­ing priv­i­leged to have a clas­sic mo­tor­cy­cle isn’t just about own­ing it. There is also the joy of re­pair­ing them, main­tain­ing them, rid­ing them, clean­ing them, talk­ing about them and put­ting them back in that spe­cial place in your shed un­til the next out­ing.

Happy tro­phy win­ners. Tony Co­dring­ton giv­ing the unique DOT a work­out.

LEFT Peter DeJong has over­come the dis­abil­ity of a frozen right an­kle by con­vert­ing his BSA B31 to hand shift. BE­LOW Time for morn­ing tea.

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