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Moto Giro Aus­tralia 2017

Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS - Re­port Gaven Dall’Osto Pho­tos Gaven Dall’Osto and Greg Trost

Brain­child of event or­gan­is­ers Peter Mor­row and Trevor Fryer, 2017 saw the ninth run­ning of the Aus­tralian Moto Giro. This year saw a new leg of 3 days of re­turn-to-base rid­ing based at Mount Tam­borine. This meant new twisty roads and ex­otic rest points which in­cluded parts of north­ern NSW. The sec­ond leg was the old favourite based at the Wood­ford Pub (aka ‘The Pits). The roads in all di­rec­tions from Wood­ford are an ab­so­lute joy to ride and a mouth-wa­ter­ing ice cream at Ke­nil­worth has be­come a manda­tory ri­tual. There were a few new en­trants this year and some all the way from WA, SA and NSW. Self funded but un­der the um­brella of DOCQ, we were en­cour­aged to bring out our Du­catis this year to cel­e­brate the 40th Year of the club. On Satur­day af­ter­noon, we lined up 22 Du­catis chrono­log­i­cally from Trevor Fryer’s Cuc­ci­olo pow­ered bi­cy­cle through to Neill Green’s 1974 250 Scram­bler. Eight of the gath­er­ing were or­ange yel­low 1973/74 Desmo sin­gles which were also lined up for a photo at the Sam­ford Servo on the Fri­day.

In a touch­ing ges­ture, Peter Mor­row paid homage to some of the pre­vi­ous Giroists that were no longer with us. Since last year Brett Poole suc­cumbed to ill­ness while Bryan Baker was taken from us af­ter a tragic mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent. Bryan Baker’s brother Mur­ray came to the Fri­day ride. He was given Bryan’s Bib num­ber (4) from last year and rode Bryan’s 1974, 450 Desmo as a tribute to a man who we all miss. Another touch­ing mo­ment in­cluded bean­ies. Rock­hamp­ton-ite Col Gar­land has been to many Giros and this year pre­sented each of us with a hand knit­ted Moto Giro em­bla­zoned beanie. His Mum (Ju­lia) who was trav­el­ling around Aus­tralia found time to knit one for each of us. They were all a lit­tle dif­fer­ent and each had a rib­bon and num­bered card at­tached with a photo of an his­toric build­ing or nat­u­ral fea­ture to de­note where she was when the beanie was com­plete. It was deemed manda­tory to wear the beanie for each group photo in ap­pre­ci­a­tion. Satur­day night brought an hi­lar­i­ous se­ries of sto­ries from Bob Pash­ley, John God­dard and Ray Stewart re­mem­ber­ing their early days of mo­tor­cy­cle rac­ing. Each en­trant was then pre­sented with a cer­tifi­cate and medal. The mar­shals and re­cov­ery team were thanked and pre­sented with a gift. Tro­phies were also pre­sented for spe­cial cat­e­gories. Apart from Trevor and Peter, thanks must also be ex­tended to Jackie Bell (all things or­gan­i­sa­tional), Ian Mur­ray (who took a week off work to fol­low us around in his back-up ve­hi­cle) and the many mar­shals who risked life limb and a few de­merit points to point us in the right di­rec­tion. I rec­om­mend that any­one who wants to dust off their lit­tle old Ital­ian mo­tor­cy­cle join us for the tenth event next year.

Alan Pearce on his 1956 Gil­era 175 Gu­bileo Ex­tra at Wiven­hoe Dam. LEFT Keith Rickart with his 1971 Du­cati Mark 3 250 at Mt Tam­bourine. RIGHT Ian Dal­limore hus­tles his 1962 Aer­ma­c­chi Ala Verde on Neu­rum Rd Vil­leneuve.

MAIN Jim Clarke (1974 Duacti 450 Desmo) and Brad Goost­rey (1970 Du­cati Scram­bler 450) get­ting stuck into it. TOP RIGHT Peter Mor­row on his 1973 Du­cati 350 Desmo heads the pack to How­ell’s Knob Look­out. Trevor Fryer’s Du­cati Cuc­ci­olo graces Wood­ford...


ABOVE Com­mem­o­ra­tive bean­ies on display. BE­LOW Greg Crow on his 1982 Guzzi Quattro 250. BE­LOW LEFT Gavin Kirk on his 1970 Aer­ma­c­chi 350SS.

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