The weather gods smiled favourably on the All British Day at Echunga. Unlike the previous week leading up to the event where several days of temperatures in the high 30s made for an unpleasant time that wasn’t conducive to an enjoyable ABD, Sunday started off with much cooler weather in the low 20s. It had been advised that, should the day be classed as Extreme Fire Danger, the event would have been cancelled, and although the weather warmed up later in the day, it didn’t dent the enthusiasm of those attending this well organised event that just keeps getting bigger. Nostalgia reigned supreme and the high attendance, estimated at about 5,000 – 6,000 for the day, shows how much people really love the memories of those times not far gone when motorcycles and cars had different and identifiable styles and didn’t look like they came off of the same production line. One change this year was that all the motorcycle displays were grouped together instead of being spread out across the two football fields. There were displays by BSA, Triumph and Norton as well as the Veteran and Vintage Motorcycle Club of SA. All in all, it was a pleasant day out for a modest admission fee of $8. Special thanks goes to the Country Fire Service, who controlled parking, vehicular traffic and people traffic. I encourage anyone attending these ABDs to make a donation to the CFS over and above the admission.
Thanks also to the generous farmer who allows several of his paddocks to be used for parking every year.
The comprehensive BSA display. Just in case you didn’t realise it was All British Day! Series B HRD Rapide with locally-made Tilbrook sidecar. Very tidy BSA 650 Lightning. A latter model Mk III LE Velocette flat twin.