Old Bike Australasia

Not the National BSA Rally

• 5-7 November, 2021 – Geelong, Victoria

- Report and photos Gordon Star

The following words are from Rick Gardner, President BSA Motorcycle Owners Associatio­n.

“Welcome to the BSA Weekend and Dinner. We have had a few downgrades due to COVID restrictio­ns, however the BSA Club Committee have held their ground and organized a firstclass weekend away, and yet still comply with the regulation­s. After a 7 day lockdown that lasted 3 months, we all deserve a chance to get out on our BSAs, enjoy the Victorian country roads, and meet our friends for a chat over a cool beer.”

The weather looked ominous with the bureau forecastin­g heavy rain and I’ll admit I imagined riding in more interestin­g areas than the Geelong region. That said, the three of us TOP Thomas Weitacher’s rather grubby RGS.

ABOVE Colin Webster’s Rocket III that won Best BSA. RIGHT First group takes a break on route. headed off on our trusty BSAs for what turned out to be a fantastic weekend. In all nearly 80 entrants, nearly all on BSAs, managed to miss all the rain to take in some fabulous roads and amazing scenery. For social distancing requiremen­ts the main ride was split into two groups and lunch was staggered. How the committee (and especially Roy Armstrong) managed to organize such a profession­al event under the shadow of COVID-19 has to be a tribute to their passion for BSAs. If the BSA club can run such a great and popular event under such tight constraint­s, I just can’t wait for the

All British Rally next April. ■

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