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Club Captains Report - Nov 19

The Gippsland rally kicked off the riding season with Jim Micha and Neville Christie putting on an excellent rally yet again in Gippsland. It was perfect riding weather, with great roads and beautiful scenery.

The Beechworth rally had an excellent turn out with 54 Indians being ridden over the weekend. The weather held out for us on Saturday, we copped a storm Sunday morning before lunch, however it didn’t dampen anybody’s enthusiasm and hey its only rain and nobody came off their bike. There were quite a few new faces I haven’t seen before at Beechworth which was great and some new member’s first ride. We had quite a few interstate people attending as well.

The bus was a hit following the group around and will defiantly be considered for future rallies.

Daryl Jenkins Power Plus celebrates its 100 year birthday this year and he bought it out on Saturday morning to lead the pack out down to the main street.

Thanks to everyone for making the first all Indian swap meet on Friday afternoon at Beechworth a success we will continue to run the swap meet biannually in conjunction with the International rally in the future. Maurice and I would like to thank everyone for a great weekend.

The IMCA Christmas party is on Saturday 7th Dec at Alan & Geraldine Fagan’s see address details in the magazine. If you intend on coming please let Geraldine know for catering purposes, it is a great day/night to catch up before the silly season starts.

The Breakfast run will be the first run of the year and will once again be run by Daniel McAliece on Sun 19th January with a 7am start at Lilydale train station.

The Rubicon Rally this year is being held on the Australia Day long weekend in January at camp Jungai. Camp Jungai is a school camp located in the Rubicon Valley in close proximity to Thornton, Lake Eildon and Alexandra. An excellent low budget weekend with a great atmosphere with modern school camp facilities, where we all pitch in and cook our evening meals.

Check out the ride calendar there are day rides in Sydney, Wodonga, Yarrawonga, Melbourne and Gippsland’s. If you would like to organise a day ride in your area give me a call and we can get the word out so we can get our Indians out on the road.

Keep them ridden not hidden.

Maurice Dunston

Club Captains Report - May 19

The Rubicon Rally was a great weekend the venue had excellent amenities and well set setup for a motorcycle rally, a good time was had by all who attended. There will be more rallies to come at this venue in the future.

I am planning on going to my first Brass Monkey Rally this year which will be held on 13-14 July departing from Mirboo North see registration form in this magazine for further details.

Mai-lei and I are still planning the rides for The International Rally in Beechworth in November, if you haven’t already booked make sure you do asap as rooms are booking up fast.

Planning for the Tasmania rally is in full swing so make sure you register your interest in going, further details will be released in coming months.

The Gippsland rally will be held once again by Jim Micah in October details will be advised in the next club magazine.

Maintenance time is upon us, it is a good time of the year to get all those little jobs and servicing done on your bike on those wet days.

Keep them ridden not hidden.

Maurice Dunston

Club Captain

Goulburn Rally - January 2019

The annual Indian Motocycle Club of Australia Goulburn rally was held over the weekend of the 18th to 20th January 2019 to coincide with the Goulburn Classic Riders Club Swap Meet. This year, an invitation was extended to the NSW Indian & Harley Vintage Club which resulted in a total of 19 motorcycles participating in the event.

The rally was planned to commence with a Friday afternoon ride departing at midday from our accommodation. With temperatures nudging 40 degrees at midday and expected to climb, the consensus was it would not have been good for either rider or machine to venture out in that extreme heat.  

We remained at the Motel and waited as a steady stream of participants started to arrive. Some in fact rode a considerable distance, including Jonathan Rolfe who rode his 1944 Indian Chief outfit all the way from Molong in the Central West of NSW. He later advised me that he left at 4.30am in an effort to avoid the forecast heat. A few others commenced arriving, also riding from Sydney and Mudgee.

Friday afternoon we made our way down to the Goulburn Workers club for a meal and a few drinks. A good roll up of members and invited guests with some new members attending this year.

What a difference a day makes, waking Saturday morning to some fine drizzle and much cooler temperatures. We assembled at the Mobil Service Station opposite our accommodation and were met by some of our ACT and Queanbeyan enthusiasts. Following the riders briefing we headed out towards Windellama with Mick Bostock leading the group of some 20 riders. This year we changed our normal route over the Great Dividing Range and instead did a loop north of Goulburn through the Southern Highlands.

Our first stop was the Marulan Bakehouse where we lined our bikes up for a photo shoot and some running repairs on one of the HD’s that ran out of electricity during this first leg of the ride. Following morning tea we headed out of Marulan and towards the Southern Highlands village of Bundanoon. A beautiful ride through some very scenic and winding countryside.

On the back of the fire incident at the Central West rally last year, we trialled a fire marshal system this event whereby club member Jeff Barr who was riding a modern HD was nominated to stand ready with a fire extinguisher as participants filled and started their bikes. Fortunately, no incidents but we were well prepared.   On this note I would like to thank the Elliott family for donating a commercial fire extinguisher to the NSW Branch of the IMCA to be used on rallies and to Jeff Barr who recommended the idea of a Fire Marshall.

Leaving Bundanoon we continued our trek over the Southern Highlands where we encountered light misty rain and fog. The temperature had dropped considerably and visibility was limited. We slowly progressed through the villages of Exeter and Sutton Forest on our way to our Lunch Stop at Berrima. Here, we gathered at the Surveyor General Inn, the oldest continuously licenced Hotel in Australia, (or so they claim).   A nice meal and some further running repairs to bikes.  

Garth Popple was on his 1938 Indian Chief Bobber for its inaugural ride after restoration and on the second leg of the ride it started running rough. Garth was ready to load the bike on the trailer however after some kerbside diagnosis it was discovered that the front exhaust tappet had worked its way loose and wound itself down , no longer opening the valve. 15 minutes later the tappet was adjusted and Garth managed to enjoy the remainder of the afternoon riding his new toy.

Following lunch we were again led by Mick Bostock from Berrima to Moss Vale before backtracking to Marulan for a fuel stop. Whilst well laid marshalling plans were put in place following each stop, they seemed to fall apart on the return to Marulan with a break down requiring the loading of a bike on a trailer. Following this, a few riders and the back-up vehicle separated from the group and ended up back in Goulburn. Nevertheless, we continued our ride out to Bungonia and onto Tarago where we stopped at the Loaded Dog Hotel for rehydration as the fog had burnt off and it had started to warm up again. At this stage our back-up driver found us just in time for us to leave!

Leaving the Loaded Dog we rode back to Goulburn via lake Bathurst and a few of us dropped into the Swap Meet with vendors setting up for trading.

After returning to the Motel we met with Peter and Toni Birthisel who turned up for dinner and the Sunday swap. Shortly afterwards the courtesy bus arrived and we were ferried up to the Workers Club where a private function room was set aside for us to enjoy a nice dinner and a few drinks whilst reliving the events of the days ride. I estimate we had 30 people for dinner.

This year, the Goulburn Classic Riders Club invited the Indian Motocycle Club of Australia to set up a display of our bikes within the Swap grounds with free entry afforded to rally participants. A good turn up of bikes for Sundays display including Peter and Toni Birthisels 1914 TT Racer which has been linked to campaigning in the Inaugural Australian Tourist Trophy Race held in the Goulburn District in 1914. This bike was the centre point of the display and I thank Peter and Toni for bringing this historically significant machine to the event to represent our club.

So, despite the vast difference in weather conditions, extreme heat, misty rain and fog, we all managed to avoid any mishaps and enjoy the comradery and friendly banter that goes with Indians and Harleys coming together.

Special thanks must go to the following; Bert & Michael Heath, who mapped out the route for us in preparedness for the event and secured the services of the Goulburn Workers club.   Mick Bostock who took the lead and guided us through the Southern Highlands. Jeff Barr who acted as tail-gunner, sweep and fire marshal. Phil Fordham who kindly offered his services as back-up vehicle for the event.

Also, a warm welcome to the Indian Club for some new members/riders who participated in the event.

Carl Baubrhuit on his 1946 Indian Chief

Chris Mullins on his 1947 Indian Chief

It should be mentioned that each rider contributed $20 to the event with funds raised going towards the cost of running the rally, fuel, water, ice, etc. The remaining funds are traditionally donated to a charity. This year $250 has been donated to the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Thanks to all those that participated, particularly those who made the considerable journey from Victoria, Central West NSW and the North Coast of NSW.

Ian Pryde

 

Club Captains Report - Feb 19

As always there has been a good selection of rides in our club.

The clubs Christmas party was again hosted this year by Peter and Toni Birthisel in Bundelong, the weather was hot with a few cooling off in the pool after dinner.

This years first rally for me was the Goulburn rally which was an excellent weekend as always, it was too hot to ride on Friday so the afternoon was spent socialising. Riding resumed on Saturday with fog and drizzle and the Goulburn Swap meet on Sunday. The Goulburn Classic Riders Club invited the Indian Motocycle Club to display our bikes at the swap and Peter and Toni Birthisel bought up their 1914 TT Racer to display which has been linked to the Inaugural Australian Tourist Trophy Race held in the Goulburn District in 1914. The Peter McAliece Breakfast ride was also held the same weekend with a great turn out of bikes.

Due to the Great Race being postponed we decided at short notice to have a rally to Omeo on the Australia Day long weekend. Two groups, one destination – Omeo, the first group left from Wodonga in North East Victoria and the second group leaving from Tyeres in Gippsland, Victoria where we both meet up for an overnight stay in Omeo.

The next ride coming up is the Rubicon Rally on the Labour Day long weekend (Vic) in March, book with myself or Mai-lei asap for a great weekends riding around the Eildon, Jamison, Alexandra and Euroa countryside.

Make sure you register your interest for the upcoming Tasmania Rally in Feb/Mar 2020 if you are interested in going, further details will be released in coming months.

The International Rally will be held again in Beechworth at the George Kerford Hotel in November, if you haven’t already booked make sure you do asap as rooms are booking up fast.

Keep your eyes on the club calendar for all upcoming monthly events, which can be found in the magazine or on our website.

Have them ridden, not hidden, come along to our rides and see what it’s about with likeminded people.

Maurice Dunston

Club Captain

Club Cabtains Report - February 2019

As always there has been a good selection of rides in our club.

The clubs Christmas party was again hosted this year by Peter and Toni Birthisel in Bundelong, the weather was hot with a few cooling off in the pool after dinner.

This years first rally for me was the Goulburn rally which was an excellent weekend as always, it was too hot to ride on Friday so the afternoon was spent socialising. Riding resumed on Saturday with fog and drizzle and the Goulburn Swap meet on Sunday. The Goulburn Classic Riders Club invited the Indian Motocycle Club to display our bikes at the swap and Peter and Toni Birthisel bought up their 1914 TT Racer to display which has been linked to the Inaugural Australian Tourist Trophy Race held in the Goulburn District in 1914. The Peter McAliece Breakfast ride was also held the same weekend with a great turn out of bikes.

Due to the Great Race being postponed we decided at short notice to have a rally to Omeo on the Australia Day long weekend. Two groups, one destination – Omeo, the first group left from Wodonga in North East Victoria and the second group leaving from Tyeres in Gippsland, Victoria where we both meet up for an overnight stay in Omeo.

The next ride coming up is the Rubicon Rally on the Labour Day long weekend (Vic) in March, book with myself or Mai-lei asap for a great weekends riding around the Eildon, Jamison, Alexandra and Euroa countryside.

Make sure you register your interest for the upcoming Tasmania Rally in Feb/Mar 2020 if you are interested in going, further details will be released in coming months.

The International Rally will be held again in Beechworth at the George Kerford Hotel in November, if you haven’t already booked make sure you do asap as rooms are booking up fast.

Keep your eyes on the club calendar for all upcoming monthly events, which can be found in the magazine or on our website.

Have them ridden, not hidden, come along to our rides and see what it’s about with likeminded people.

Maurice Dunston

Club Captain