The Long Lunch comes to Sydney

Old Bike Australasia - - OUT’N’ABOUT -

In­spired by the suc­cess­ful con­cept in­sti­gated in New Zealand three years ago and re­peated an­nu­ally since, the ir­re­press­ible Ross Hannan de­cided to launch an Aus­tralian ver­sion, which hap­pened on Sun­day De­cem­ber 9th, 2018. The venue was the her­itage-listed Vic­to­ria Room in the Royal Au­to­mo­bile Club of Sydney, the au­gust build­ing over­look­ing Cir­cu­lar Quay, with its high ceil­ings and tim­ber pan­elling – a won­der­ful set­ting for an af­ter­noon of ro­bust dis­cus­sion and liv­ing of mem­o­ries. Mas­ter of Cer­e­monies Will Hagon did his usual stout job of con­trol­ling the flow of speeches and anec­dotes, with Guest Speaker Jeremy Burgess de­liv­er­ing a colour­ful ac­count of his decades in the Moto GP scene. The com­bat­ants of the epic 1979 Aus­tralian Un­lim­ited Grand Prix at Bathurst – Graeme Crosby, Ron Boulden and John Wood­ley – re­counted the el­bow-to-el­bow ac­tion of that 20 lap con­test. The lunch was a sell out with 26 mak­ing the trip for New Zealand, and Ge­orge Beale fly­ing in es­pe­cially from the UK.

ABOVE Will Hagon with the 1979 Bathurst stars Graeme Crosby, Ron Boulden and John Wood­ley. LEFT The her­itage listed Vic­to­ria Room was a fit­ting set­ting for the Long Lunch. BE­LOW LEFT For­mer World Su­per­bike rider Grant Hod­son with Lynne Rosen­thal. BE­LOW RIGHT Graeme Crosby with Jenny Coates, fast lady of the late ‘sev­en­ties and early ‘eight­ies. ABOVE Dave ‘Radar’ Cullen, Jeremy Burgess, Gary Cole­man and all vet­er­ans of the Euro­pean GP scene – and Chris Lewis. LEFT Ge­orge Beale, who spon­sored Aus­tralians Jef­frey Sayle and Graeme Mc­Gre­gor at the TT, made the trip from his home in Eng­land.

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