Al­bany Poker Run

Al­bany Poker Run and Hill Climb • 3-4 Novem­ber, 2018 – Al­bany WA

Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS - Re­port Garry Blake Pho­tos John McKin­non and An­drew Hay­dock

We had a dif­fer­ent lead up to this year’s event be­cause of the art in­stal­la­tion in Memo­rial Drive. A new lo­ca­tion was re­quired and likely paces were dis­cussed at club meet­ings. An ap­pli­ca­tion was lodged in March with the City of Al­bany for Marine Drive to be the venue. The club knew this to be the best op­tion but a few al­ter­na­tives were sug­gested and re­jected dur­ing the first meet­ing. How­ever, af­ter a few false starts the events ap­proval of­fi­cer, Anna Kid­dle came on board, and she was ex­tremely help­ful and en­thu­si­as­tic so it was all go.

The pa­per trail started with the busi­nesses on Stir­ling Ter­race all signed up, stake­hold­ers at Middleton Beach were ap­proached and 99% were all for it and signed up. Plans were drawn up for road clo­sures and per­mits is­sued by the coun­cil and these all went to the traf­fic de­part­ment at WA Po­lice. Days went by with­out any feed­back af­ter many vis­its to the lo­cal cop shop. A few hic­cups had ap­peared but these were over­come and ap­proval was granted by the Min­is­ter of Trans­port. Satur­day morn­ing on the Ter­race vol­un­teers turned up at five thirty and bar­ri­ers were put up in steady rain and it was look­ing gloomy, but by nine o’clock the sun was break­ing through even­tu­ally giv­ing us a beau­ti­ful sunny day. Bikes started to roll in and the pub­lic were out in force to ad­mire the di­verse se­lec­tion of mo­tor­cy­cles span­ning al­most 100 years. The cof­fee shops were buzzing and it was a car­ni­val at­mos­phere in Al­bany’s his­toric precinct. Phones and cam­eras were busy cap­tur­ing the mar­vel­lous dis­play against the sun­lit har­bour with live mu­sic adding to the am­bi­ence from the band in the his­toric 1897 ro­tunda built for Queen Vic­to­ria’s sil­ver ju­bilee. Reg­is­tra­tions for the Poker Run were a bit slow (prob­a­bly be­cause of the early rain) but over a hun­dred paid up and were sent off on the two cour­ses to col­lect their cards at the five des­ig­nated stops and con­tinue to the ri­fle club for af­ter­noon tea sup­plied by Dy­lans on the ter­race. ‚

On Sun­day morn­ing vol­un­teers started ar­riv­ing for the five o’clock start at Middleton Beach, roads were closed and bar­ri­ers erected on Ade­laide Cr, Flin­ders Pde on Marine drive. En­trants for the hill climb stated pour­ing in and the whole area was a hive of ac­tiv­ity in prepa­ra­tion for the seven thirty brief­ing. Ap­prox­i­mately 85 bikes and out­fits were lined up ei­ther side of the road and the time trial was un­der way. With the good weather and the spectacula­r back­drop of Middleton Beach it turned out to be a huge suc­cess with the en­trants who trav­elled from far and wide giv­ing it the thumbs up. So much so that one of the en­trants com­mented “it is the most fun you can have with your pants on”. The spec­ta­tors who were out in force at the start line and the van­tage points on Marine drive also com­mented on the ex­cel­lent venue. The club was well sup­ported by mem­bers vol­un­teer­ing on both days, and all those who helped de­serve a big thank you. With­out the team of helpers through­out the or­gan­i­sa­tional pe­riod right up to the end of the event on Sun­day it would not hap­pen.

Al­bany His­toric Precinct taken over by His­toric bikes.

Stir­ling Tce Al­bany Satur­day morn­ing dis­play. Get­ting ready to set off on the Satur­day Af­ter­noon Poker Run.

LEFT Chris­tine Rees takes her 1951 BMW R51 3 up the hill. RIGHT Bernie McCormack on his 1927 AJS 500 wait­ing for the start. Old speed­way rid­ers Bob O’Leary (1962 Jap­ton 500cc Spe­cial) and Rod Ches­sell (1927 BSA JAP 500 Spe­cial). Alan Lewis on his 750cc Tri­ton. It’s all up­hill from here.

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