All Bri­tish Rally

BSA Mo­tor­cy­cle Own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion All Bri­tish Rally

Old Bike Australasia - - NEWS - Re­port and pho­tos Ron Weste

21-22 April, 2018 – New­stead, Vic­to­ria

Run an­nu­ally since 1977, this event just seems to go from strength to strength. This year a whole new bunch of mo­tor­cy­cles were on dis­play demon­strat­ing there is a never-end­ing sup­ply of old bikes be­ing re­stored and ex­tracted out of sheds to come to this Rally, which has its head­quar­ters at the old New­stead Race­course. Of course the weather plays an im­por­tant part and this year it was per­fect. As usual spec­ta­tors jammed the main street of Mal­don for the Satur­day af­ter the bikes did their run from the Rally site. It was es­ti­mated be­tween 600 and 700 bikes from pre first world war mod­els to the “last hur­rah” of the Bri­tish mo­tor­cy­cle in­dus­try were on dis­play. The club al­ways has a very de­sir­able door prize and this year one lucky con­tes­tant went home with a BSA A65 Fire­bird Scram­bler.

As al­ways I heard sto­ries of re­cent restora­tions and talked to oth­ers about fam­ily bikes be­ing handed down through the gen­er­a­tions, one in par­tic­u­lar be­ing the 1917 Reg­nis owned by Bren­don Cain. Bren­don’s fa­ther found the bike un­der a shear­ing shed in coun­try Vic­to­ria and now Bren­dan has it in un­re­stored con­di­tion com­plete with oil and grease gath­ered over 100 years to give it a fine patina. To add at­mos­phere to the day a lo­cal mo­tor­cy­cle spare parts shop had a mu­si­cian play­ing on the street, all adding to the am­bi­ence. The lo­cal busi­nesses did a roar­ing trade serv­ing food and re­fresh­ments to the spec­ta­tors and rid­ers. Although the bikes, and their own­ers, get older with each event, I think the All Bri­tish Rally is here to stay well into the fore­see­able fu­ture.

The big­gest day of the year in Mal­don. Nearly 700 bikes lined the streets.

Bren­don Cain on his 1917 Reg­nis. Se­ri­ous sprinter: Dar­ren Bur­nett’s twin-en­gined Tri­umph ‘Al­ter Ego’.

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