Bevel Rally

Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS - Re­port and photos Gaven Dall’Osto

Beaudesert was buzzing on Sat­ur­day morn­ing when a bunch of Du­catis rum­bled into town. While this rally was for the ben­e­fit of Du­catis of the bevel va­ri­ety, plenty of belt drive and a chain drive came along as sup­port. 2018 was the 11th run­ning of the event. Brad Goost­rey (rally or­gan­iser) as­sem­bled the crowd for a brief­ing while a few dark clouds also mus­tered in the hills around us. Yes, a sprin­kling of the wet stuff greeted us most of the way through Boonah, Rath­downey and to the first stop just be­fore Wood­en­bong where the Mt Lin­de­say high­way in­ter­sects with Sum­mer­land way. Next stop was Casino for lunch where again a lit­tle rain did fall, but as we rode the Bruxner Hwy to Ten­ter­field sun poked through ev­ery now and then. We had all pretty much ar­rived at our overnight des­ti­na­tion in Ten­ter­field be­fore the heav­ens re­ally opened. The din­ner venue at the Best Western Henry Parkes Mo­tor Inn was a sight to be­hold. The own­ers had set up four rows of white clothed ta­bles and black fab­ric draped chairs in the cen­tre of their func­tion room. We wheeled in 48 bevels (in­clud­ing four sin­gles) and parked them around the perime­ter. The bar was stocked and the chef busy in the kitchen, hav­ing to cater for 97 hun­gry peo­ple. This year’s B & B shirts were handed out and the talk-fest be­gan. Pre-din­ner, Brad said a few words. He took great

sat­is­fac­tion in men­tion­ing that over the 334 km of damp squig­gly roads from Beaudesert not one bevel re­quired the re­cov­ery trailer. Taglioni would have been as proud as we bevel rid­ers, and the plea­sure it brought was vis­i­ble in the smiles on all our faces. We also need to ac­knowl­edge the bevel own­ers who had rid­den from as far afield as Rock­hamp­ton to the north and Syd­ney to the south to join us at the best one-night Mu­seum Restau­rant in the world. The bevel own­ers must be ap­plauded for not just the strain of the ride but the risk of dam­age to these now very ex­pen­sive ma­chines. Brad had hung a B & B T-shirt from ev­ery one of the pre­vi­ous 10 years on a par­ti­tion at the back of the room. Yes, they were all from his wardrobe so well done Brad for rid­ing ev­ery rally. New DOCQ Pres­i­dent Rob Stevenson took over with a short pre­sen­ta­tion. He had some framed cer­tifi­cates to present to Terry White (rally founder all those years ago) and Brad Goost­rey for tak­ing the reins up un­til now and slowly grow­ing the rally to the suc­cess we wit­nessed in 2018. Well done I say. A few raf­fle prizes were handed out and thanks must go to the peo­ple who do­nated them. Ian Oakes of Warana Im­ports do­nated a mo­tor­cy­cle front wheel stand, won by Wayne San­der­son. The Ho­tel Ce­cil do­nated a bot­tle of Bundy Rum which was won by Ian Mur­ray. Fi­nally, Ker­rie Sprong do­nated a back­pack, hat, wa­ter bot­tle etc from Sun­prints which was won by Narelle Wright.

Next day at break­fast the talk fest con­tin­ued as we all spent a lit­tle more time to­gether be­fore farewells and re­turn­ing home. Those that rode the Bruxner found it lit­tered with bark, leaves and the odd fallen branch which was a re­minder of the sever­ity of the storm we thank­fully dodged. Many thanks must be ex­tended to Brad, Terry, Rob, and all the par­tic­i­pat­ing ‘bevel heads’ for em­brac­ing the early part of Du­cati his­tory. Although thank­fully not needed, we also must ac­knowl­edge Martin Smith who towed the re­cov­ery trailer down and back. Thanks also to the Best Western, par­tic­u­larly Ta­malee, Leah and staff, for a fan­tas­tic night, wel­com­ing the club and al­low­ing us to park the bikes in­side the venue. So, for 2019 dust off your old bevels and join in. The Sat­ur­day night din­ner sur­rounded by all those mag­nif­i­cent mo­tor­cy­cles is just the most amaz­ing thing I’ve been a part of for a long, long time.

ABOVE & BELOW “The best one-night Mu­seum Restau­rant in the world.” Martin and Claire Beck on their 1975 860 GT.

Gavin Gon­sal and his Sand­cast 750 GT at Beaudesert. Wayne San­der­son on his 750GT on Sum­mer­land Way. Keith Rickart & his 1971 Du­cati 250 Mark 3 at Beaudesert. A GT750 rolls into Ten­ter­field. A naked MHR at Ten­ter­field.

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