Hamil­ton Rally

Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS - Re­port Ray Goul­ter Pho­tos Ray and Julie Goul­ter

This mini-rally, al­though held in Vic­to­ria, was or­gan­ised by the Ve­lo­cette Own­ers Club of Aus­tralia (SA), and proved to be a very en­joy­able sev­eral day’s rid­ing around the roads in that neck of the woods. Most ral­ly­ists ar­rived on the Fri­day; from SA, Vic­to­ria and even from north­ern NSW. Those driv­ing or rid­ing down from SA had some dif­fi­cul­ties with high winds cre­at­ing dust storms that at times re­duced vis­i­bil­ity to less than 300 me­tres. In fact, one ma­jor road north of Ade­laide was closed. The nearer we got to Hamil­ton the less dust there was. The to­tal num­ber of 25 ma­chines com­prised 18 Ve­lo­cettes of dif­fer­ent mod­els plus seven other makes, and 35 ral­ly­ists in to­tal.

Day 1 saw us rid­ing from Hamil­ton and do­ing a cir­cuit that in­cluded the Lava Blis­ters at Tu­muli, Macarthur, Hawkesvill­e then lunch at Port Fairy, re­turn­ing to Hamil­ton via Bessiebell­e, Home­ton and Con­dah. To­tal dis­tance cov­ered was 168 miles. There had been rain around, es­pe­cially the morn­ing, but we were for­tu­nate enough to skirt around it with only a few km of rain to con­tend with.

Day 2 was a ride to Dunkeld then to Wil­laura and on to Ararat for lunch. We then rode to Halls Gap via Moys­ton and Pomonal. Halls Gap has a fa­mous ice-cream­ery which was well pa­tro­n­ised by us. The route back to Hamil­ton was via the Grampians Road and Vic­to­ria Valley. A to­tal of 174 miles cov­ered with great rid­ing weather all day.

Day 3 we trav­elled to Cavendish and Vasey for the trip down through Col­eraine via the Col­eraine-Balmoral Road. It was then on to Caster­ton for lunch via Merino and Henty. Some rain at Caster­ton as lunch ended held us up for a short time then it was straight down the Glenelg High­way, with some more rain, and back to Hamil­ton to give time for every­one to pack ready for de­par­ture the next day. 131 miles cov­ered.

All in all an ex­cel­lent few days with some new friend­ships be­ing forged and oth­ers catch­ing up with old friends again. Such are Ve­lo­cette’s “good com­pan­ions”! A farewell func­tion was held on Sun­day evening at the Car­a­van Park, with “Pud” Free­man pre­sent­ing the VOCA SA Mer­i­to­ri­ous Award to Julie and Ray Goul­ter for their work in as­sist­ing with the or­gan­i­sa­tion of the 2019 VOCA Good Com­pan­ions Rally to be held at Hah­n­dorf in the Ade­laide Hills this com­ing November. VOCA SA is again or­gan­is­ing an­other Ve­lo­cette mini­rally to Hamil­ton again next year.

First muster on Satur­day morn­ing. Un­der the canopy at Halls Gap.

Morn­ing tea at Cavendish on Sun­day.

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