In­verell Rally

In­verell Mo­tor­cy­cle Re­stor­ers Club 26th An­nual Rally

Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS - Re­port and photos Judy Gian­neas

Once again the week­end was filled with sunny days and great rid­ing for the en­trants to en­joy the dis­trict scenery. The four-day event be­gan on Thursday with rid­ers from as far away as Mackay, Syd­ney, Bris­bane, Coffs Har­bour, Sun­shine Coast, Cen­tral Coast and many in­land ar­eas from In­verell. Thursday and Fri­day at­tracted over 65 bikes for the shorter rides, es­pe­cially mo­tor­cy­cles from past eras. On Fri­day night, en­trants were in­vited to visit the Na­tional Trans­port Mu­seum which was a great ex­pe­ri­ence as the Mu­seum is pre­par­ing for the Elec­tric Ve­hi­cle Expo and has an ex­cel­lent va­ri­ety of ex­hibits. Sat­ur­day, which is the main day, be­gan with our usual big morn­ing tea, and the ex­cel­lent dis­play for judg­ing at the Pioneer Vil­lage prior to the ride, re­ceived a crowd to view historic and clas­sic re­stored bikes from 1927. Fea­tured in the dis­play was an ex­quis­ite 1944 In­dian Chief with Side­car and an­other In­dian Scout. Our Rally ap­peals to so many peo­ple be­cause it has never been a “pres­sured ride”. Mostly they like to take things easy and just en­joy the scenery. Over 200 en­trants de­parted the lo­cal Pioneer Vil­lage base for the ride through the main street of In­verell past Delun­gra to the small friendly town of Bin­gara, where lunch was pro­vided at the lo­cal RSL Club. The re­turn ride was via Copeton Dam which is quite low due to the ex­tremely dry pe­riod we are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing, but it is still a very pop­u­lar ride for the mo­tor­cy­clists. Our Pre­sen­ta­tion Din­ner Sat­ur­day night was a suc­cess, with par­tic­i­pants able to catch up on all their ad­ven­tures over the week­end. It was at­tended by 136 with the raf­fle draws, hu­mor­ous po­etry and the pre­sen­ta­tion of tro­phies. We are only a small club, but very proud and ap­pre­cia­tive of the sup­port we re­ceive lo­cally, to put on such a suc­cess­ful event for the lo­cal area. The Pioneer Vil­lage is also an added at­trac­tion for ac­com­mo­da­tion and Rally HQ. We look for­ward to see­ing ev­ery­one again next year on the week­end 12-14 April 2019.

LEFT Deb­bie McCul­loch on her 1960 Match­less leav­ing the Pioneer Vil­lage. ABOVE 1954 Har­ley David­son rid­den 700 km by Nick Hil­lier to par­tic­i­pate in the In­verell Rally. 1944 Har­ley David­son owned by Bill Macna­mara at the In­verell Pioneer Vil­lage. 1958 BSA Gold Flash owned by Graeme Moore look­ing out over Copeton Dam.

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