Moto Giro Rally

Mo­to­giro Aus­tralia 21-26 Au­gust, 2018 – South-East Qld.

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

It all be­gan with a dream when Pe­ter Morrow and Trevor Fryer were think­ing of a way to get clas­sic Ital­ian bikes out of garages and onto the road. The con­cept of the orig­i­nal Mo­to­giro d’Italia in the ‘50s was the in­spi­ra­tion of what was to be re­alised. 2009 saw the first run­ning of the Mo­to­giro Aus­tralia and from hum­ble be­gin­nings the event has mush­roomed to its 10th run­ning this year. This ride was based at Mt Tam­borine from 21st to the 23rd Au­gust and Wood­ford for the 24th to the 26th. The Tam­borine leg en­joyed magic Queens­land win­ter sun­shine, en­abling us to com­plete the three sum­mits (Binna Burra, Spring­brook and O’Reillys) and a gal­lop­ing ride through Nu­min­bah Val­ley via Uki to Kyo­gle and back along the newly up­graded Li­ons Road. The Wood­ford leg also pro­duced great rid­ing along the Mt Glo­ri­ous road to Cor­morant Bay, Wiven­hoe Dam for lunch and back on Fri­day, plus the peren­nial favourite Bellthorpe, Ke­nil­worth, Obi-Obi Maple­ton cir­cuit on Sat­ur­day. 41 rid­ers en­tered, many with mul­ti­ple bikes, com­ing from WA, SA, Vic­to­ria, NSW and Qld and many were re­turn en­trants – such is the cal­i­bre of the event. No ma­jor in­ci­dents were recorded and rider and mo­tor­cy­cle re­li­a­bil­ity were tested, re­sult­ing in the usual road­side re­pairs. Ev­ery year Trevor de­signed a new T-shirt and this year’s bore the iconic im­age of Gi­u­liano Maoggi, com­plete with cig­a­rette in mouth about to start the 1956 Mo­to­giro D’Italia which he won on a Du­cati Mar­i­anna. 2018 saw the bar raised to a dizzy height when team Mo­to­giro Aus­tralia en­gaged for­mally with the Wood­ford com­mu­nity. The lo­cal Am­bos are

ac­tive fund rais­ers and reg­u­larly pro­vide cater­ing, so they were the nat­u­ral part­ner for the 10th An­niver­sary Mo­to­giro din­ner at the Wood­ford Com­mu­nity Hall. They were an en­thu­si­as­tic well-oiled ma­chine pro­vid­ing a full menu of canapes, spitroaste­d meals and home­made fruit sal­ads and sweets. The money raised goes into pur­chas­ing life-sav­ing equip­ment which we hope never to need but as mo­tor­cy­clists is re­as­sur­ing to know is avail­able. The din­ner venue also pro­vided the op­por­tu­nity to ar­range our dis­play of 60 Giro-el­i­gi­ble bikes from our cur­rent and for­mer rid­ers. A gold coin dona­tion ben­e­fited the Wood­ford Am­bu­lance com­mit­tee, and gave the pub­lic ac­cess to view our trea­sures from 4:00 – 6:00pm. The dis­play at­tracted lo­cals and out of town en­thu­si­asts. The raised stage was ar­ranged with two mag­nif­i­cently re­stored light­weight Ital­ian mas­ter­pieces and 10 man­nequins dressed in a T-shirt from each year of the event. Din­ner guests re­ceived a beau­ti­ful com­mem­o­ra­tive book­let cap­tur­ing a short his­tory of the in­spi­ra­tional Mo­to­giro D’Italia and the story be­hind the cre­ation of the 2009 Mo­to­giro Aus­tralia event. Two pages were then ded­i­cated to each year of our Giro, cap­tur­ing the en­trants, awards and stand­out mem­o­ries. Pe­ter then wel­comed the 80 din­ner guests. A mag­nif­i­cent DVD com­pi­la­tion of pho­tos taken ev­ery year by Greg and He­len Trost was then shown be­tween cour­ses. Price­less mem­o­ries hushed the room as we re­lived the great times and also some sad, see­ing Giroists that are no longer with us. The awards were an­other tri­umph as they are each year. This year was spe­cial as it was a pri­vate func­tion held in a ded­i­cated venue. Pe­ter took com­mand of the mi­cro­phone and pro­fes­sion­ally ac­knowl­edged the con­trib­u­tors and Giroists that make all the work worth­while. It might be a cliché but in my heart this year and this par­tic­u­lar night was my high­light for 2018.

I took time later to re­flect on what makes this event so spe­cial – it is the amaz­ing group of peo­ple with a com­mon pas­sion for beau­ti­ful clas­sic Ital­ian bikes, their will­ing­ness to stop and help, lend a mo­tor­cy­cle, weld the odd part, share many laughs and the odd bev­er­age. The “Spirit of the Giro” award is an apt one and re­ally ev­ery Giroist de­serves one. I set­tled on a ti­tle that I think em­braces this unique and beau­ti­ful syn­ergy – “La Famiglia Mo­to­giro”. In true Ital­ian fam­ily spirit, we stick to­gether through thick and thin. Yep, that best ex­plains it and that’s why we keep com­ing back – it’s an an­nual fam­ily re­union. Many thanks to the God­fa­thers: Pe­ter Morrow – the front man, Trevor Fryer – the artist and Jackie Bell – or­gan­iser ex­traor­di­naire. Thanks also to the guardian an­gels (mar­shals and re­cov­ery ve­hi­cle staff) who save us in times of need. Thanks to my fel­low Giroists for the laughs, smells, sounds and the smile it brings to my face ev­ery year.

Sat­ur­day‘s stop at How­ell Knob Look­out.

Alan Pearce and his 1957 Gil­era 175 Ex­tra on the Bris­bane Val­ley High­way.

Vito Fodera on a 1973 MV Agusta Elet­tron­ica 350 leads a group of rid­ers.

Dy­lan Clarke with his 1973 Du­cati 450 Desmo. A good crowd at the bike dis­play at Wood­ford Com­mu­nity Hall.

Col Gar­land on his 1972 Aer­ma­c­chi 350SX at Bellthorpe Turnoff.

Mal­colm Craig on his 1965 Moto Morini Set­te­bello 250.

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