Britannia rules Echunga

All Bri­tish Day • 10 Fe­bru­ary 2019 – Echunga, SA

Old Bike Australasia - - RALLY REPORTS ALL BRITISH - Re­port and pho­tos Ray Goul­ter

There had been some rain in the pre­ced­ing days be­fore this year’s All Bri­tish Day at Echunga, break­ing what is Ade­laide’s long­est stretch of dry days since records had be­gun. That had also been ac­com­pa­nied by many days when the tem­per­a­ture had been high with To­tal Fire Bans in force. It was very pleas­ant weather con­di­tions for the 6th All Bri­tish Day to be held at Echunga ovals, over­cast for much of the morn­ing and clear­ing to sun­shine later. The event had been held for many years be­fore it moved to Echunga, and even now the Echunga Ovals are at full ca­pac­ity for this show.

There were mo­tor­cy­cles aplenty to feast your eyes on, rep­re­sent­ing all the ma­jor Bri­tish man­u­fac­tur­ers such as BSA, Tri­umph and Nor­ton, as well as ex­am­ples of many other makes from the “smaller” man­u­fac­tur­ers like Ve­lo­cette, Scott etc. with some speed­way ma­chines thrown in for good mea­sure. A fea­ture again this year was the fir­ing up of the Roll­sRoyce Mer­lin en­gine, the power horse of the fa­mous Spit­fire fighter ‘planes. There was also an air dis­play at lunchtime to en­ter­tain the huge crowd that is now a com­mon fea­ture of this an­nual event held on the sec­ond Sun­day of Fe­bru­ary each year.

Any mo­tor­cy­clist who has at some stage owned a Bri­tish mar­que, and that is prob­a­bly most of us (well, us older ones any­way), will find this event en­tirely to their sat­is­fac­tion. It’s easy to walk away at the end of the day feel­ing like you’ve re­vis­ited your youth and the heady days of ‘60s and ‘70s mo­tor­cy­cling. It’s events like this that rekin­dle your en­thu­si­asm or make you put on the rose-coloured glasses and re­mem­ber the “good old days”. En­try fee was again a mod­est $8. Con­sid­er­ing the huge dis­play of mainly cars, but also some trucks and of course the many mo­tor­cy­cles, the en­try fee is ex­cel­lent value for money. This is no doubt ap­pre­ci­ated by the huge num­ber of peo­ple at­tend­ing over and above those dis­play­ing their ma­chines.

Con­grat­u­la­tions again to the or­gan­is­ers, but also to the CFS who con­trol park­ing and road cross­ings for pedes­tri­ans (al­ways drop in a few dol­lars to their col­lec­tion tin as a thank you), and the gen­er­ous farmer who al­lows one of his pad­docks to be used for park­ing.

The best of Bri­tish draws an ap­pre­cia­tive audience. Rare 1949 Royal En­field 500 twin.

Nor­ton Ro­tary in JPS liv­ery. Neil Burston’s col­lec­tion of ex-Jack Young speed­way ma­chines.

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