The club decided to stage a display at the 3rd Lions Bike Show on Sunday. We met at the usual spot in Hazelwood Park and attracted about a dozen riders. I decided the quickest route would be up Mt Lofty and onto the Freeway exiting at Stirling, through Mylor, Echunga and then onto Macclesfield Oval.
There we met up with Wayne Williams who transported the club gazebo and some chairs. We set up in the same spot where we have for the past 3 years at the southern end of the oval.
Several other club members joined us as the morning progressed until we had about 20 bikes in total. I’m guessing these numbers, as I didn’t make an effort to count them. I also didn’t take many photos of our own display, as I was too busy inspecting the hundreds of bikes which turned up for the show.
The weather was warm and sunny and we didn’t see any of the expected showers which the forecast had promised. Other clubs present included the BSA Owners, The Vintage & Veteran, Triumph Riders, Vintage Japanese and the BMW Owners. The show has gone from strength to strength since it’s inception and the organisers did another great job. Well done to Fred Horvath and his crew for putting on an excellent show and well done to all our members for making the effort to bring their bikes out for the day.
The Mount Barker Burble brings riders to the Adelaide Hills at the best time of the year. The countryside looked magnificent and although rain was forecast for later in the day it did not eventuate during the ride.
Fifteen starters lined up at the start and it was interesting to note a very good representation of small engine capacity machines. For example, smaller bike numbers were:- 3<50cc, plus 1 <100cc, plus 5 <200cc and 3@ 250cc.
Following the same demonstration at the 2018 Burble, Joe Betschart’s immaculately presented 50cc Kreidler repeated the performance this year, but Rob Smyth’s Motobecane was never far behind. It was good to note also that we have a return to Mopeds plus of a female rider. Lyn Jennings joined the group for the day doing well on her Yamaha 250.
The morning ride to Meadows and back went without any problems and after return to Mount Barker via Macclesfield, a one and a half hour lunch adjournment provided a good opportunity for the exchange of world- wide topics. Three riders retired prior to the start of the second leg of our journey.
The afternoon journey to Woodside started in heavy traffic at Mount Barker but soon settled down to comfortable touring through Littlehampton, Balhannah , and on to Melba’s Chocolate Factory at Woodside. At Melba’s our leader was in receipt of a DWN (that’s a Domestic Withdrawal Notice) and left the ride after handing over the leadership to Roger O’Loughlin who very capably guided the remaining bikes back to Mount Barker. Ian Voysey’s Autobyk had a fuel problem very late in the return to Mount Barker and was trailered back to the start. The forecast rain appeared to be closing in at that stage.
Our thanks go to the three marshalls for the day, Messrs. R O’Loughlin, D Jennings, and Tony Earnshaw, and to Tail End Charlie Alan Wallis. Thanks also to Wayne Williams for running the backup trailer, and it was noted that retired rider Pud Freeman joined Wayne, in an advisory capacity.
NEXT RUN: Adelaide Beach Run – 6th December 2019
MEET: For a 9.30am Start. Birkenhead Tavern, Pt. Adelaide -Over the Birkenhead Bridge right turn at lights – Tavern on right
RUN: Port Adelaide/ Outer Harbour/Largs /Semaphore/Grange/ Henley Beach/ Glenelg and return. Riders may elect to lunch together at the tavern after the run. Please let Alan or Warren know beforehand so that numbers can be confirmed.
REMEMBER: These runs cater for the slower rider, backup trailer always provided.
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