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December 2005 Club News

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Albany Vintage & Classic Motorcycle Weekend
by Robin Bromilow

Scene in Stirling Terrace
Scene in Stirling Terrace

The weekend started with fine weather and riders started arriving in town mid-week. On Friday we had a street parade, with the beneficiaries joining the riders for a ride from the Old Gaol up York street and back to the Old Gaol.
Very early Saturday morning we were blessed with a downpour of rain like you wouldn’t believe. By six o’clock it had started to show signs of breaking up.

With the scene set the riders started arriving for the Motorcycle Show in Stirling Terrace West. The winner of the prize at the motorcycle show was Gary Carlson, Number 124. This was a night for two at the Saville Unit Villas in Perth with breakfast supplied, donated by Dylan’s on the Terrace. There was over 200 bikes on display ranging from 1906 through to 2005.

By the time we got to the Poker Run, there was a definite change in the weather. Approximately 280 riders arrived at Towerhill Wine Estate for afternoon tea at the end of the rally. Christina Bostock won the best hand and Brett Stonehouse won the worst hand.

Sunday was just magic. We all woke to perfect weather for the 20th Anniversary Vintage and Classic Motorcycle Hillclimb on Mount Clarence. The distance of the course is 1.8 km. With practice out of the way, and riders having nominated their times the main event was started. It was perfect conditions for the riders, a bit overcast, warm with a slight breeze coming in about 3.30 pm.

At the end of the day we had 11 riders with a perfect score. So then to the run-offs which are timed to the 100th of a second.

The winner
The winner - Tim Whetnall and his Norton

The outright winner for this year was - Tim Whetnall on a 1966 Norton 750. He had a nominated time of 39 seconds and maintained a perfect score for three consecutive runs, and in the run-offs.

Best performance by a male other than the winner - Peter Barker on a 1974 Yamaha 350. Peter had a nominated time of 37 seconds.

Best Performance by a female - Diane Collins on a 1975 Yamaha XS 650. Diane had a nominated time of
44 seconds.

Jack McDonnell and Taylor Provey on a 1975 Yamaha Wasp won best Sidecar. They had a nominated time of 45 seconds.

Best presented bike on the hill was won by Huw Jones (54), with a BMW R60.

Wheely good fun
Macca lifts off while Neil takes off

Winner of the Pre-'31 Section - Neil Bromilow on a 1928 BSA 500, Neil had a nominated time of 43 seconds.

The Saul Fraser Safety award was shared by - Shane Morrell & Jeff Bromilow.

In the teams event the team losing the least amount of points in the day was Team Bultaco - Steve Turner, Owen Gaze & Wes Thomas.

The team losing the most points - Two Dogs & A Pup - Adrian White, Colin Tie & Sheryl Johnson.

All in all most riders appeared to have enjoyed themselves. (We certainly did - Bob)

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