HMCCQ Cen­te­nary Vet­eran Rally 15-21 June, 2018 – SE Queens­land

Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS - Re­port Jef­frey Rook Pho­tos Holty

The idea for this rally came about af­ter HMCCQ (His­toric Mo­tor­cy­cle Club of Qld) mem­bers Dave Dettmar and Ian Ren­nie thought was there should be at least a badge struck cel­e­brat­ing 100 years of Vet­eran mo­tor­cy­cles (1918-2018). Doug Jol­liffe sug­gested a spe­cial rally would be even bet­ter, in the won­der­ful Scenic Rim area with its quiet roads, views and friendly peo­ple. We found our pre­ferred Septem­ber date had been taken by an­other rally so we chose a new date in June. A meet­ing was held at Doug’s and an ac­tion group formed with Rob Black­more and John Deeth do­ing the routes suit­able for sin­gle speed di­rect drive veter­ans. Ian did the fund rais­ing and spon­sor­ship, Doug did all the pa­per­work and my wife Jenny Rook the food or­gan­is­ing. The Flin­ders Peak Win­ery venue was great, pro­vid­ing ev­ery­thing we asked for and more. En­tries came from as far south as Vic­to­ria with 52 rid­ers and nearly 60 bikes plus sup­port­ers. The rally was fully mar­shalled by girder-forked bikes to keep it in pe­riod. There re­ally were some out­stand­ing bikes but Ian Mould’s 1912 Zenith Gradua was a stand-out. The old­est bike was Steve Shep­herd’s 1906 Lewis Min­erva. Men­tion must also be made of Lau­rie Del­lar’s exBrook­lands, sin­gle speed di­rect drive 1911 Norton. Lau­rie al­ways stopped to help any­one bro­ken down. Dave Dettmar very kindly lent Bai­ley Rowe and me his 1917 GCS and his 1937 Cammy Ve­lo­cette while he rode a re­ally nice 1914 MAG en­gined Rover. We had ‘Smoko’ at two schools or­gan­ised by their P & Cs and see­ing the joy on the chil­dren’s faces was for me one of the high­lights, along with the won­der­ful views of the area. One day we stopped at Road­vale Mo­tor­cy­cle Mu­seum while most days lunch was had at var­i­ous pubs in the area. A pub­lic dis­play was held at Lob­ley Park, Ip­swich on the first day and it was very well at­tended.

All in all, 607km were cov­ered in six days end­ing with a fully catered cel­e­bra­tion din­ner at the Win­ery where our club pres­i­dent Brian Holzi­gal, his wife Ju­dith and Doug hosted our guest of honour Mark Bai­ley, the Queens­land Min­is­ter of Trans­port. Thanks must go to our ma­jor spon­sors (Pen­rite, In­dian Po­laris & En­gi­neer­ing Tool­ing Sup­plies) along with four­teen other gen­er­ous souls who made the event pos­si­ble. Thanks also to Ian who ran raf­fles and the auc­tion, Doug who was the go-to man, my wife Jenny who ran the tea, cof­fee and meals, the win­ery for the ex­cel­lent wines and the peo­ple of the Scenic Rim for host­ing our rally. A DVD of the rally and a spe­cial com­mem­o­ra­tive badge are avail­able for $10 and $5 re­spec­tively plus postage. They can be or­dered through Ian Ren­nie... (ren­[email protected]­

Morn­ing As­sem­bly at Flin­ders View Win­ery 2. Boonah State School stu­dents en­joy­ing the vet­eran mo­tor­cy­cle visit. Ian Ren­nie on his 1915 In­dian 680. ABOVE RIGHT John Fether­ston­haugh on his 1918 Tri­umph H. BE­LOW Lau­rie Deller on his 1911 Norton. ABOVE LEFT

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