Bathurst Easter Rally
Vintage Motorcycle Club of Australia 45th Annual Easter Tour
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.