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Club Tech Night

On a very wintery Thursday night about 20 club member took advantage of the opportunity to visit the premises of Vintage Wiring Harness to get a first hand look at the manufacture of wiring looms.

Proprietor Paul Vermont gave a very interesting demonstration of the varous steps involved in producing exact reproduction looms for a variety of vehicles.

The demonstration included calculating the correct lengths of the various cables, ensuring the correct end connectors for each, and the operation of the machinery used to braid the various cables and looms.

Many thanks to Paul and Sue Vermont for opening up their business for our visit.

Breakfast Run January 2018

As the alarm went off at 5.30am on a Sunday morning it was time to get out of bed and attend the first club run of the year.

Trying not to wake the neighbors I pushed the Chief all the way to the top of my driveway.  Fuel on and choke down, two prime kicks to get some fuel into it.  Lift up the choke, ignition on and one big kick and the 80" chief fired first kick.

It was straight into gear and off down the road as quiet as can be.  The temperature was quite nice as it was a balmy morning.  On the way I stopped for fuel so the tanks were full for the mornings ride.

When I arrived at Lilydale Station bikes had started to line up.  We waited around for about 40 minutes for any other arrivals as numbers were slighly down on previous years.  Although it was still a reasonable amount of bikes.

We rounded all the riders up and gave some riding instructions and then fired up the bikes.  We left Lilydate and headed up the Maroondah Highway towards Coldstream.  We turned right up Killara Road towards Gruyere.  This is a really nice road to ride on and some nice big propertys to look at.

We then turned on to the Warburton Highway heading to Seville.  From there we turned right and headed through Wandin East and headed around the back to the Silvan Reservoir.

We pulled in through the gates which had been opened by Lindsay and Trevor James who had arrived earlier in the morning.  They had the urn boiling and the fire BBQ going as the gas one was out of order.  A nice hot coffee went down well with the bacon and eggs.

We all sat around for an hour or so chatting and then it was time to head home.  Its always a popular run and you're home by lunch time and still have the remainder of the day

Daniel McAliece

Club Captains Report - Nov 2016

With the bikes ready to ride, the last few months have been busy for the club.  Jim Micah had a great, cold and wet weekend at the Gippsland Rally with a great turnout of members.  The Yass Rally was held for the NSW members also a wet weekend for them, thanks to Garth Popole and Ian Pryde for this weekend.

The weather changed to sunshine for this years Krusty Rally held at Raymond Terrace NSW, a huge thank-you to Jason and Rebecca Elliot and the rest of the Elliot family for a awesome weekend, what a rally, everyone had a great time, I didnt hear one bad word about the weekend.  Everyone was asking are we coming back here in two years time? Jason has agreed to host the Krusty Rally in 2018, so yes we will be back.  A Thank-you also has to go to Garth Popple and Ian Pryde and family for helping Jason with the Rally.

The coming months are going to be even busier for the club, Rob Bonner has organised a tech night at Kangan Batman TAFE in Richmond on the 17th November, Bruce one of the TAFE teachers is going to explain how to overhaul a performance engine using specialised machines that no other TAFE has.

The Bendigo Swap is coming up, Jim Parker will have his site (No. 112) for club members to catch up throughout the weekend, Conor Murphy is hosting the IMCA Xmas Party this year, a spit roast will be supplied, BYO salads and drinks.

In the New Year we have the Peter McAliece Memorial Breakfast Run, also the Cherokee Rally which will be held at Warrnambool, with the help of Alan and Julie Mansbridge who have local knowledge of the roads.  If you havent already please book your accommodation for this weekend as the motel is only holding the rooms for us intil the 19th of November. Details are in the magazine please let me know when you have booked so we have an idea of numbers.  The Bright Rally will be held again on the Labour Day weekend 2017, the Motel is only going to hold the rooms for a short amount of time, when you have booked can you please let Mai-lei Dunston know, details in the magazine.  Until next time Ride Safe Bianca Bonner.

Club Captains Report - February 2017

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy new Year.  The club has had a few busy months and more to come this year, which is great to see.  It shows how our club is so enthusiastic.

First we had the Technical night at Richmond TAFE, it was a good turn out of people that came to see how an engine is overhauled.  A lot of questions were asked, a big thank you has to go out to Bruce from Richmond TAFE for having us and setting up the machines so we can see them working as they are supposed to.

The club Christmas party was held this year at Conor Murphy's place, Santa made an appearance in an Indian sidecare of course to hand out gifts to the kids including the big ones as well. It was a geat way to end the year.

To start this exciting year off the club had the Peter McAliece Memorial Breakfast Run.  It was good to see so many members turn out for this run, there were also members from the Vintage motorcycle club of Victoria who attended. Thank you to Dave Booth for organising the run, if it wasnt for people like Dave helping run club rides and rallies the club wouldnt be what it is today and into the future.

A few Melbourne members went up to the Goulburn Rally held by our NSW chapter.  The Great Race was held with the club being well represented.  It was good to see new faces and also second generations of families entered, it show's the vintage motorcycle movement is in good hands.  Also INDIAN won the Great Race, a great effort by everyone.

In the months to come we have the Cherokee and Brgiht Rallies.

Until next time ride safely.

Bianca Bonner

 

Presidential Ponderings - Aug 2016

I will start by thanking Conor for his excellent work as Club President for the last three years, it is in great shape with 260 members Australia wide.  We have a very dedicated committee and a varied calendar of events over the next 12 months to satisfy all types of riders.

I believe one of the attractions of the IMCA is that we encourage all aspects of the hobby, from restoration, touring events, day trips and competition.  The Events Committee will also be planning another Tech Session in the coming year, it is important that the knowledge that our older members have is passed on to enable our Indians to continue running strongly into the future.

We are fortunate that we have younger members coming into our club and also being involved at committee level, and we have a first with Bianca being our first female Club Captain.  By encouraging our younger and all new members to become involved we ensure that our club and the Indian motocycles that we own will survive and grow as time goes on.

Enough philosopy from me.  Now on to important stuff.

The Krusty Rally is being run by the IMCA NSW Branch at Port Stephens on Cup weekend.  The word from Jason Elliot who is running the event is that everthing is on track for a great weekend.  Here is one of those opportunities to bring out the older bikes and give them an airing.  Accommodation is still available so make your booking and don't forget to let Jason know that you have booked, entry forms are out now.

Finally on the competition front at the recent Winton Historic Weekend, there were a total of twenty "C" class Indians and Harleys competing in the Handshift Series, all out on the track doing what the makers intended, sounded awesome.  Final round is in November at Broadford, don't miss it.

Regards Rob