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December 2009 Club News

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Everyone's A Winner at the Albany Vintage & Classic Weekend

Story Robin Bromilow, Pics Andrew Haydock and John McKinnon

Fraction of the bike display outside Dylan'sThe display in Saturday drew a lot of interest and swelled the numbers for the poker run in the afternoon. Two hundred and twelve entrants set off in two sections from Stirling Terrace in the poker run at about 12.45.

Motorcycles ages ranged from 1913 through to the present day. The run finished with afternoon tea at the Albany Rifle Club. The poker run winners were: best hand - Anthony Mustey with four Aces, second-best hand was Fred Powell and worst hand was won by Antoinet Glazema.

The evening saw 125 people sit down at the barbecue. Three D Caterers did an excellent job once again.

Slopers caught mid-gearchange on the hillclimbOn Sunday the 1st November 100 Vintage & Veteran motorcycles challenged the hill on Apex Drive.

Once again the oldest bike on the course was a 1913 Bradbury which had come all the way from New South Wales. This year saw many more interstate riders entered with their bikes.

Winner - Bernie Ellerby on a 1972 BSA 650The outright winner was No 42 - Bernie Ellerby on a 1972 BSA 650, who had nominated a time of 37 seconds and lost 0.14 of a second in the last run.

Best performance by a male other than the winner was No 84 - Des Lewis on a 1978 Yamaha 400, who had nominated 38 seconds and lost 0.41 seconds on the last run.

Best performance by a female was No 37 - Chris Rees on a 1955 Sunbeam, nominating a time of 1.04 and lost 2.6 seconds throughout the day.

Best performance by a sidecar was won by No 21- Clive Oakes and Dawn Williams on a 1975 Honda nominating 44 seconds and lost 2.6 seconds through the rest of the day.

Best Pre-60 rider was No 67 Ken Vincent, an encouragement award was given to Ryan Hart, and it was Ryan’s first ride on the hill.

Huw Jones' dazzling Suzuki 250 twinBest presented bike went to Huw Jones, who had just painted his bike finishing the restoration. One of our visitors decided the hill was not enough of a challenge, so when he left the hill, he took a wrong turning (so he says - a likely story) and went for a ride around the boardwalk footpath to Middleton Beach.

We had record numbers coming through the gate. Perhaps one of the highlights of the day was when a gust of wind blew the scaffolding down at lunchtime and no-one was hurt. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those that helped to make this weekend the success that it was, and hope you support the club again next year..

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