33rd Yorke Peninsula VV&C MCC Rally at Port Vincent, March 2–4 2018

10 Mar

Bikes were assembled at the Tuckerway venue, Port Vincent on Saturday morning for the start of the rally which offered both short (150kms) and long (250kms) runs. I was booked on the longer ride on my BSA and was quickly overtaken by most of modern bikes until I found my own spot in the field cruising at a comfortable 90-95kph for most of the way. After a stop at Moonta, we headed to Wallaroo and Kadina and then south to Maitland, where both rides united for lunch and 80+ bikes were congregated in a giant U shaped car park.

After lunch, which in my case comprised mainly of several curried egg sandwiches, we headed south-west to Port Victoria and then across the peninsula south-east and back to Port Vincent. On Saturday evening after several beers and dinner, trophies were presented for best veteran, vintage, classic, outfit and other categories which I can’t recall. A raffle was held in which winning ticket holders could pick their own prizes and patrons eventually turned in at about 10pm either sleeping under canvas, in vans or in dormitory accommodation. The next time I attend this rally, I will not make the mistake of booking a dormitory bed, as all of my roommates took it in turns to snore the whole night through. Instead I will sleep on the ground in a tent well away from other human beings.

The next morning we departed Pt Vincent on a much shorter run (80-90kms) to Curramulka where we had refreshments at the Sunday market there. We then headed south to Minlaton and regrouped at the Harry Butler Red Devil Memorial in the middle of town. Several older bikes joined us for the shorter Sunday ride including this Indian and Harley-Davidson and a couple of early Triumphs.

Leaving Minlaton, we headed south-east towards Stansbury and then north to return to Pt Vincent. The rally was an enjoyable event with many interesting people and bikes attending. My photos do no justice to the many different makes, years and models of bikes which attended the rally. Regular YPVVC rally attendee, Bob Finnie recommended the rally to me and he, wife Evangeline and I travelled together with his Kawasaki W1 outfit and my BSA Super Rocket on the trailer. Several other COMCC members attended the rally and to top off a great weekend, my BSA was voted Best Classic bike. Thanks and congratulations to the YPVVC club who hosted this well organised event.