Bul­taco Rally

Club Bul­taco Aus­tralia Rally 16-18 Novem­ber, 2018 – Bathurst, NSW

Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS - Re­port and pho­tos John Somerville

Club Bul­taco has held a rally ev­ery year since the found­ing of the club in 1998 by Tony Ceglin­ski, the Club’s El Pres­i­dente up un­til he trag­i­cally died two years ago fol­low­ing a mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent. The first rally was held in 1999 on a prop­erty at Half­way Creek, north of Coff’s Har­bour, the fol­low­ing year the rally moved to “Bim­bad­gen”, west of Coffs. In 2001 it moved to “River­vale” near Braid­wood (east of Can­berra), then in 2002 back to Half­way Creek. From 2003 on­wards it has been held at River­vale, apart from three ral­lies that were held in con­junc­tion with “Clas­sic Dirt” at Conon­dale, NW of Bris­bane and near Lith­gow, NSW. The 2018 rally was at a 300 acre prop­erty just north of Bathurst, owned by Peter Robin­son, an avid Bul­taco en­thu­si­ast with a shed full of these bikes plus an as­sort­ment of oth­ers. The rally was based in a lovely treed val­ley through which ran a small creek and flanked with great tri­als rid­ing hills. Else­where on the prop­erty is an old airstrip for drag rac­ing, a scram­bles track slashed out on the river flats and plenty of other ar­eas to ride.

Most rally par­tic­i­pants ar­rived on Fri­day, to make a long week­end of it. Well over 30 peo­ple at­tended, bring­ing with them 65 bikes – 59 Bul­ta­cos, 5 Mon­te­sas and a Gas Gas (where were all the Os­sas?). The fur­thest trav­elled were Alan Yates and Shar­lene Hoskin, from Mt Tam­bourine, Qld, it was great that they came so far. Nights were spent around the camp­fire where tall tales and beer flowed freely, the days were per­fect for rid­ing. On Satur­day the 6 Me­tral­las and a lone Mer­cu­rio rode to the old gold min­ing town of So­fala for a few beers and lunch. It was a de­light­ful ride through the pic­turesque hills on good twisty, wind­ing roads. The rest of the week­end was spent rid­ing around the prop­erty (no com­pe­ti­tions/races) or just talk­ing to old mates. It was a very suc­cess­ful rally. The Club would like to thank Peter for let­ting us use his prop­erty, he has agreed for us to have it there again in 2019 on (ten­ta­tively) 22 – 24 Novem­ber.

Part of the gath­er­ing (the oth­ers were out in the hills).

Span­ish in­va­sion of So­fala.

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