Mopeds Plus : Barossa Marathon 2nd April 2017

18 Apr


Alan  Wallis 1950 Tilbrook 197cc M/C
Graham Riley 1960 Vespa 125cc Scooter
Joe Betschart 1986 MZ 500cc M/C
Don Jennings 1982 BMW 1000cc M/C
Lyn Jennings 2005 Yamaha 250cc M/C
David Saint 1957 BMW 250cc M/C
Ron Ritter 2011 Kawasaki 800cc M/C
Mick Hayes 2005 Suzuki 400cc M/C
Warren Duncan 2002 Honda 250cc M/C
Paul Knapp 1967 Honda 125cc M/C
Neville Gray 1967 Bridgestone 175cc M/C
Peter Arriola 1957 James 150cc M/C
John Mikutta 1951 BSA 150cc M/C
Roger O’Loughlin 1988 Suzuki 650cc M/C
Alan Martin 2006 Vespa 150cc Scooter
Ian Voysey 1948 Malvern Star 90cc Autobyk
Chris Lorbeer 2006 Suzuki 500cc M/C
Ian Roddie 2009 Yamaha 1000cc M/C
Mike Ryan 1968 Honda 450cc M/C
Robert Snell 2012 Harley Davidson 1690cc M/C

Riders fired up their machines just after 9.30 am, and commenced the first leg for the day down to Williamstown, which was not without incident. Firstly, Alan Martin went to mount his Vespa scooter which had been trailered to the start, only to find he had left the key at home. He took a seat in Charlies’ back up vehicle for the day. Next, the Malvern Star autobyk which put in a good performance in last years Marathon, reverted to its former misery and retired after about 5 kms. Finally, on arrival at Williamstown for a morning tea break riders found the coffee shop closed. After a brief discussion (about motorcycles) the group left for Springton.

Following a regroup stop at Springton the group continued on through the Barossa to Angaston. The weather was fine but there was considerable tourist traffic, possibly because of a number events staged that day in the area. These included the Barossa Airshow and a Hill climb at Collingrove.

With no slow bikes in the  group we arrived at Angaston a little earlier and took the opportunity to have an extended lunch break. This was fortunate as shops, particularly the bakery, had queues because a lot of visitors were in town.

The afternoon ride back to Mt Pleasant via Kyneton went without incident and we pulled into the Totness once again a little earlier because of the faster machines. This was the third year that the Marathon has been based at Mt. Pleasant and we were again able to participate in a very pleasant afternoon tea with coffee biscuits and a freshly baked cake in the dining room of the pub.

Fourteen members of the group enjoyed the refreshments and a relaxing chat for half an hour or so before setting out for home. Our thanks go to Roger “O” and Mick Hayes for marshalling the corners and to Charlie Brown and Pud Freeman who crewed the back up vehicle, and of course to Alan Wallis our Tail-End Charlie.

NEXT RUN:  Strathalbyn run -Sunday June 4th  2017

MEET:  10.00 for 10.30a.m. start @Goodyear Tyre Depot Rankine St. Strathalbyn

RUN:  Strathalbyn/Milang/ Finniss/Clayton Bay (Lunch)-p.m.Milang/Langhorne Crk. / Strathalbyn.

Lunch available @ Sails Rest. Clayton Bay.