Ariel Rally

Aus­tralian Ariel Reg­is­ter (AAR) 25th Na­tional Rally

Old Bike Australasia - - NEWS - Re­port Chris Hill­brick-Boyd

23-26 March, 2018 – Trar­al­gon, Vic­to­ria

This year’s AAR Na­tional Rally was la­belled “Ariel Power in the Val­ley Rally” and was lo­cated in Trar­al­gon in the pic­turesque Gipp­s­land area of Vic­to­ria. Over 70 keen AAR mem­bers from Vic­to­ria, South Aus­tralia, New South Wales, Tas­ma­nia, Queens­land and the A.C.T. made the jour­ney. The Ariel mar­que ranged from a 1915 Ariel Road­ster 500 through to sev­eral 1958 Ariel mod­els. Two very early Ariels, flat tankers, were part of the Rally. The Rally HQ was based at the Big 4 Park Lane Hol­i­day Park whose own­ers were very help­ful in cater­ing for our groups’ ac­com­mo­da­tion and some BBQ meals.

The Fri­day short fet­tling ride of ap­prox­i­mately 75 km in warm dry weather took rid­ers on some quiet roads to view a coal-pow­ered power sta­tion and the Loy Yang open cut mine, then back to the rally HQ and a wel­come BBQ din­ner. The small­est Ariel bike made, the Pixie, did not make the full cir­cuit and came back in style on the back-up trailer. Satur­day brought some show­ery weather for the ride to Hey­field where a lo­cal char­ity group pro­vided us with a de­li­cious morn­ing tea in a lo­cal park. The lunch stop was Bonny Brae, a farm stay/func­tion cen­tre, where the judg­ing of ma­chines took place in steady rain. Amongst the Ariels on dis­play were some lo­cal’s un­usual Ariels that were ex short-cir­cuit rac­ers which he demon­strated with his grand­daugh­ters as the “mon­keys”, much to par­tic­i­pants en­joy­ment. On re­turn to Rally HQ the AAR AGM was held on site be­fore mov­ing to the Cen­tury Inn for the Rally Pre­sen­ta­tion Din­ner. Lo­cal LaTrobe Shire coun­cil­lor and mo­tor­bike en­thu­si­ast, Dar­ren Howe, opened the Pre­sen­ta­tions part of the evening. A swap meet of all things Ariel started the Sun­day ac­tiv­i­ties. This time the ride headed into the hills be­hind Trar­al­gon in show­ery weather, with a long and short ride on the windy, wet roads that com­bined at the vil­lage of Erica, then headed for the Wal­halla Gold­fields Rail­way Sta­tion for lunch. Wal­halla is a pop­u­lar tourist des­ti­na­tion town and the cricket pitch and field on top of one of the steep hills is a unique fea­ture. Some of the sup­port­ers rode the Gold­fields train back to the next stop where the bus picked them up for the re­turn trip to Trar­al­gon. The ride back to Rally HQ was dry, an en­joy­able ride for all. A Sun­day evening Farewell BBQ was well at­tended by ap­prox­i­mately 80 par­tic­i­pants who were ex­chang­ing names and ar­range­ments for the 2019 AAR Rally at Huskisson, NSW. All agreed the AAR Rally Com­mit­tee from Trar­al­gon and Mel­bourne did a su­perb job; spe­cial thanks go to Matt Gellert and his dad Noel, Greg and Vicki Vardy, Ken Ing­w­ersen, and Ken and Jan Kennedy (de­ceased).

Ariels at Rosedale on the Satur­day run.

Two Flat Tankers in ac­tion: Brian Flem­ing and John Deeth, both from Queens­land.

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