22nd Natureland Classic Motorcycle Club Rally
3-5 November, 2017 – Hat Head, NSW
The 22nd Natureland Rally as always, was held in the first weekend in November and thankfully the weather could not have been better. 120 riders registered with around 40 participating in the Friday afternoon ride. As Neil Parker, the co-ordinator for this jaunt said, “The Friday shakedown run has always been a good start to the weekend’s Hat Head rally, and visiting riders were champing at the bit by the 1 o’clock start time for the short ride to Smokey Cape lighthouse. The day’s trophy was awarded to Mark Shannon from the Port Macquarie club who rode his 350cc 1936 New Imperial. Our very own Sylvia Lewis, an inaugural member of the club, flagged off the main ride on Saturday morning by which time there were at least 140 riders including club members and a few hangers on. The first stop was at Willawarrin where morning tea awaited. Here the judging took place and as our club President Mark Bunting said, “We had a fantastic number of rally entrants and the standard of the motorcycles presented was very high making the judges job of each category extremely difficult.” Then it was on to Crescent Head for lunch before everyone headed back to base camp at their leisure. In all some 180 kilometres were covered with only three casualties – a flat tyre, a magneto fault and one loaded on the trailer as a precautionary measure. “The rally route was a hit with the entrants that I spoke to and we were congratulated for our marshalling of the route. All in all I think everyone had a great time and hopefully we will see everyone back again next year,” Mark said.
ABOVE Friday stop at Smokey Cape Lighthouse. BELOW The judges were kept busy.
Ready for Saturday’s big ride – “The Gent” – 1951 Ariel Square Four 1000cc.
The San Francisco Police Department was there to keep the peace.
Tom Hall receiving the award for Oldest Rider & Bike Ages Combined from Keith Miller NCMCC Club Secretary.