19th May 2009
Nigel Green squelched his way around the ABR to bring you news of the southern hemisphere's biggest bike event...
The 33rd running of the All British Rally® (ABR) saw the organising club, the BSAMOA, retain its well deserved reputation of Champion Drought Breaker with a deluge of biblical proportions that threatened to drown the judges on Saturday afternoon as they tried to pick 36 sponsored class winners from over 400 bikes on site.
The hideous weather and infamous recession certainly restricted attendance when compared to ABRs 31 and 32 but still nearly 1000 British bike enthusiasts came through the gates to confirm the ABR as the Southern Hemisphere's foremost British Bike Event.
As ever the ABR was graced by attendees from nearly every corner of Australia (and at least one visitor from the UK) but a special commendation must be made to the group of guys from the British Motorcycle Enthusiasts Club who rode their Brit bikes all the way from Western Australia, some 3350kms (2100 miles) - fantastic effort boys!
For a number of years one of the ABR highlights has been the Saturday night gate prize draw for a motorcycle. As in previous years a local constable is drafted in to make the draw unimpeachable and Phillip Long's name came from the hat to be the lucky winner of a brand new Royal Enfield Electra, which will join the BSA M20 in his shed. However the best bit of this story is that Phillip's ticket to the ABR was a birthday present from his wife - how good is that?!
The whole event has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with Brit bikes old and modern happily parked side by side.
The ride-outs are popular and very well attended and trophy winners must be ridden through the gates - no shiny trailer queens here (or their bikes either har-har!). Trade sponsors have displays of their wares on the footy oval next to the catering and vital beer tents.
Live music on Saturday night was followed by much yarn spinning round the campfires until the wee hours. Brit bike heaven!
The BSAMOA is already planning next year's event at Campbells Creek, the formula is clearly hugely popular if the Grin Factor is used as a measure of success, let's hope the Weather Organising Sub-committee is on the ball next year!
Photos courtesy of Rick Gardner, BSAMOA
Nigel Green, BSMOA
Nigel (you may know him as Melbourne Metisse from the message board) also picked up the Best Modified prize for his 1970 MRD Rickman Triumph Metisse; well done, mate. Here's the full list of prize winners:
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