Laverda Con­cours

Laverda Con­cours 15 July, 2018 – Cleve­land Show­grounds, Qld

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2018 saw per­fect weather for the 30th run­ning of the Con­cours af­ter the sun came out and lifted the brisk 5 de­gree morn­ing chill. Maybe it was the cold start but dis­play bikes were a lit­tle down in num­bers which was dis­ap­point­ing con­sid­er­ing the blue sky day. It was a qual­ity more than quan­tity sce­nario and again the at­ten­tion to de­tail was breath tak­ing. The Dave Rit­ter band were back, the Dyno shootout again en­ter­tained with the pierc­ing sound of en­gines at full rpm. This year the One Ad­dic­tion team brought along one of their toys – a wheelie trainer. While the Suzuki was teth­ered to pre­vent it from tilt­ing past ver­ti­cal, the rider was in con­trol of just how high he wanted to go. Its back wheel on a rolling road, the bike was set up to repli­cate a real-life sce­nario. Awe­some for learn­ing how to feather the throt­tle and be­come a wheelie ex­pert with­out the dan­ger. Club Laverda has do­nated to the Make a Wish Foun­da­tion over many years and it has been a plea­sure to see that their par­tic­i­pa­tion has also been grow­ing each year. They now have a stall at the Con­cours and ran a raf­fle this year which was won by Gra­hame Good­man who was to be­come more fa­mous later in the day. This year the club added an ex­tra class for the best from 1988. This was the year that Club Laverda took on the Con­cours, started by the Du­cati Own­ers Club, so it was fit­ting to com­mem­o­rate the bikes of that year. There were 60 odd tro­phies up for grabs along with the usual grand fi­nale an­nounce­ment for the Best in Show along with a cheque for $2000. This year, not only did Gra­hame Good­man win the Best in Show, his 1973 Laverda 750SF took the Best Con­ti­nen­tal up to 750cc and Best Laverda tro­phies. Gra­hame gave spe­cial thanks to Red from Redax who did the restora­tion work which is al­ways ex­cep­tional and the tro­phy was well de­served. I should also men­tion that this year saw the Moto Guzzi Own­ers Club of Queens­land take the best Club Dis­play tro­phy. Last year’s Club Dis­play win­ners – the Du­cati Own­ers Club of Qld – put on a dis­play com­mem­o­rat­ing 25 years of the Du­cati Mon­ster. Ma­jor spon­sors were Shan­nons In­sur­ance, Team Moto, Morgan & Wacker and this year the Red­land City Coun­cil. Coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tives came along for a look as well. Deputy Mayor Lance Hewlett had some nice words to say about what the Con­cours does for the shire which was pleas­ing. Thanks must go to Club Laverda and all their spon­sors who tip in a huge ef­fort and sub­stan­tial cash at high risk each year for the en­joy­ment of the wider mo­tor­cy­cle com­mu­nity. Need­less to say, this year saw Laver­das take 7 tro­phies which shows that more are be­ing re­stored and that they keep get­ting bet­ter with age.

Bike of the Show. Gra­hame Good­man’s Redax-re­stored 1973 Laverda SR750.

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