Mostly Ariel Rally

HMCCQ Mostly Ariel Rally • 23 Septem­ber 2018 – Pine Rivers. Qld

Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS - Re­port Paul Nor­rish Pho­tos Gaven Dall’Osto

One of the plea­sures of hold­ing reg­u­lar an­nual ral­lies is that you get to catch up with reg­u­lar par­tic­i­pants from other ar­eas of the HMCCQ. So while I’m sure that, as a farmer, Rob Rit­ter from Toowoomba would much rather have been watch­ing a good rain fall­ing, yet an­other sunny day at least en­abled us to wel­come him and son Gavin back for an­other year of the Mostly Ariel Rally. We were also blessed with the pres­ence of one of the orig­i­nal driv­ing forces be­hind the event (and se­ri­ous Ariel col­lec­tor), Barry Deeth. We un­for­tu­nately haven’t been able to en­joy Barry’s com­pany too much over the last cou­ple of years as he bat­tled with health is­sues, so it was a real boost to see him look­ing so well and en­joy­ing the day. Four­teen Ariels – four of them from the 1930s – took pride of place among a to­tal con­tin­gent of 33 rid­ers. A great se­lec­tion in­clud­ing Square Fours, a Model F, Hunt­mas­ters and sev­eral 350cc and 500cc Red Hun­ters in­clud­ing Sherri Woods’ VH racer. Fol­low­ing a light break­fast at the Pine Rivers Club house, the yarn­ing stopped just long enough for Phil Wat­son to brief the par­tic­i­pants be­fore lead­ing them off for 150km through the Moreton Bay Re­gion. The feed­back from the rid­ers was that the route was ex­cel­lent, flow­ing and very en­joy­able. A cou­ple of catch up points along the way kept ev­ery­one to­gether and with no one hav­ing to use the back-up trailer. A com­pli­men­tary bar­beque lunch awaited the re­turn­ing rid­ers and the yarn­ing soon started again in earnest. Many thanks to all the Pine Rivers Area, the helpers and to those who made the ef­fort to come along – es­pe­cially those who trav­elled in from other ar­eas. n

TOP Sherri Woods’ race mod­i­fied 1938 VH Ariel Red Hunter. ABOVE CEN­TRE Gary Lamb on his 1952 Ariel Square Four. ABOVE Todd Wool­lett on his 1951 VH Ariel Red Hunter. LEFT John Deeth’s 1951 VH Ariel Red Hunter with suit­able patina.

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