Mac­quarie Towns Rally

2018 Mac­quarie Towns Rally 29-29 July, 2018 – Pitt Town, NSW

Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS - Re­port Sue Scays­brook Pho­tos Jim Scays­brook

The many months of prepa­ra­tion work for the 2018 Mac­quarie Towns Restora­tion and Preser­va­tion Club Rally held on July 28 and 29, pro­vided the 134 en­trants with a fab­u­lous week­end of rid­ing around the beau­ti­ful Hawkes­bury Val­ley area. Start­ing at the new venue of the Pitt Town Sports Club, where the din­ner and pre­sen­ta­tion evening was also held on the Sat­ur­day night, the mar­shals were all given an im­pres­sive run down by one of the rally or­ga­niz­ers and stal­wart of the club, Kath­leen Toovey. Kath­leen didn’t miss a name or a cor­ner with no ref­er­ence to any notes – so im­pressed! As the mar­shals all headed off, the rest of the en­trants made ready to en­joy what I thought was the best de­signed rally course I had been on with this club and a credit to Steve McGuire who mapped out the route. The roads were a lit­tle bumpy in parts and I felt for some of the pil­lion pas­sen­gers at times, as the sus­pen­sion in old bikes is of­ten not pil­lion friendly, but the course was flow­ing, with few slow zones, very in­ter­est­ing scenery in­clud­ing the Sackville ferry ride and a good pace was set by the lead rider. The Hawkes­bury area boasts some beau­ti­ful small acreage prop­er­ties and abounds in his­tory. The course saw us travel the Old Stock Route Road, Old Pitt Town Road, The River Road and other roads built by our first set­tlers to the area. For morn­ing tea on the Sat­ur­day, we were all warmly wel­comed by the Ebenezer Church Aux­il­iary with tea and home made scones, jam and cream and a walk around this his­toric site and grave­yard is al­ways quite mov­ing. It was here the en­trants were then given the task of judg­ing 11 cat­e­gories and this is al­ways a tough choice as there are so many im­mac­u­lately re­stored and un­usual bikes to behold.

For sev­eral years now, the rally lunch has been catered for by the Glenorie Pri­mary School P & C and what a spread they al­ways put on for the rid­ers. It’s also a per­fect venue to soak up the sun and chat with friends be­fore mak­ing our way home. The weather was kind for both the Sat­ur­day and the shorter Sun­day ride and I’m sure the plan­ning has al­ready started for an­other suc­cess­ful 2019 rally.

Lined up for judg­ing at Ebenezer.

Tom Aczell on his 1962 500cc Nor­ton Dom­i­na­tor.

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