Bathurst Easter Rally

Vin­tage Mo­tor­cy­cle Club of Aus­tralia 45th An­nual Easter Tour

Old Bike Australasia - - CON­TENTS - Re­port and pho­tos Jim Scaysbrook

To the delight of the 200-odd rid­ers and the dis­may of farm­ers, bright sunny weather pre­vailed for the 45th run­ning of the al­ways pop­u­lar Easter Tour at Bathurst. Each year the make up of the bikes en­tered shifts a lit­tle, with fewer of the veter­ans that have been an in­trin­sic part of the rally since its in­cep­tion and more of the later mod­els, how­ever 2019 still saw a healthy roll up of pre-WW1 ma­chines and plenty of bikes from the other eras. For many of the reg­u­lars, this is an 8-day hol­i­day in the cen­tral west of NSW, with the colour­ful chang­ing of the sea­sons and the chance to ex­plore the won­der­ful roads around Bathurst. As al­ways, Rally HQ was the Bathurst Car­a­van Park where each morn­ing the street out­side would be full of bikes await­ing the 10.30am start (with the veter­ans usu­ally mak­ing an ear­lier start to the run). Most of the rides were around 100120km, with the ex­cep­tion of Thurs­day’s So­fala ride, where many opted to jour­ney fur­ther to Hill End and re­turn to Bathurst via the Turon­dale Road. Things got un­der way on the Sun­day pre­ced­ing the Easter week­end with a ride south to Trunkey Creek, with a short ride to Chi­fley Dam on Wed­nes­day where Hot Cross Buns were served. Good Fri­day’s tra­di­tional route took in Oberon and on to Tarana, with Satur­day’s run go­ing to Neville via New­bridge. Many packed up fol­low­ing the Satur­day ride, but for the diehards there was a fur­ther out­ing on Easter Sun­day to For­est Reefs via Blayney. Thanks to Lee Wright and his team from VMC for an­other great ef­fort for this rally which is tra­di­tion­ally short on rules and regs and high on re­lax­ation and en­joy­ment. There is no judg­ing nor tro­phies, and few cor­ner mar­shals, but be­cause the routes change very lit­tle from year to year, reg­u­lars know where each day’s run will take them, while new­com­ers have plenty of ex­pe­ri­enced rid­ers to fol­low. Long may the Easter Tour con­tinue.

Chi­fley Dam’s wa­ter level re­flects the on­go­ing drought, but is a pop­u­lar mid­week des­ti­na­tion on the rally.

Mick Bo­s­tock look­ing very de­ter­mined on his 1946 H-D FL1200. Built in Coven­try from 1908 to 1920, Premier used their own sin­gle cylin­der en­gines.

ABOVE Pa­trick Dwyer on the La­goon Road on his Kawasaki Z900. ABOVE Ian McLean on his 1966 Match­less G80CS, one of the very last to be built at the Lon­don AMC fac­tory. Eric Bourn ex­er­cis­ing his 1928 500cc AJS K9. Danny Wood heads to­wards Chi­fley Dam on his 1947 Nor­ton Big 4. Soaking up the sun in So­fala. Larry Mur­rell on his Honda CX500.

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