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7th October 2005

Southern Classic Festival 2005, Broadford

Melbourne Metisse really know how to show a girl a good time. Flowers? Chocolates? Romantic candlelit supper? Or how about a trip to the Historic Motorcycle Racing Association of Victoria's big weekend...

Sadly I couldn't be with the RC'ers at Kent Shaun's BSAOC bash over the weekend of 1st and 2nd October (but Woodie the Postie did deliver a vegetable tribute on my behalf!), so instead I treated SWMBO to a visit to the Victorian State Motorcycle Sports Complex (VSMSC) at Broadford to see the 24th running of the Southern Classic Festival splendidly organised by the Historic Motorcycle Racing Association of Victoria (HMRAV). I know how to spoil a gurl on her birthday weekend, eh?!

Pete Hehir's 1949 G80.

This was our first visit to Broadford and we were very impressed firstly by the magnificent roads on the 80 minute drive to the VSMSC (another incentive to complete my Métisse rebuild!) and secondly by the VSMSC facilities. As you go through the entrance indicator boards for Speedway, Motocross, Dirt Track and Road Circuit greet you so the range of facilities immediately strikes you. Cool.

Clive Harrop's 1960 Jawa 340.

Once at the road circuit the positive impressions are reinforced by a delightful 7-turn, 2.1km track set in a natural bowl that allows spectators to see the whole layout from comfy hillside vantage points. There are a number of gradient changes for the riders so while it is not the fastest of tracks, there are challenges aplenty. Also clearly visible from the hillside are the excellent permanent pit facilities for the competitors, including mains power provided by a RealGenerator™ with Rolls Royce heritage! Needless to say the spectators were positively encouraged to tour the pits and a special display of the racing sidecars was an added incentive to visit over the lunch period.

One for Evguru?
Random Jawa Stuff on

1919 Douglas - 2 owners from new.

HMRAV provided a very slick organisation and squeezed in 45 races over 2 days for nearly 100 competitors on machinery from the 1920's through to the 80's. I can't even begin to try to list all the class winners but I would like to mention that the perpetual trophies up for grabs were absolutely magnificent! The on-track logistics were superb and really kept the races flowing and even featured marshals' bikes supplied by major event sponsor Royal Enfield Australia. SWMBO praised the toilet facilities and the catering was well run by the 1st Broadford Scouts, although I did think some of the Scouts and Guides had a few too many long service awards! Whoever was responsible for ordering the weather needs to be recognised because the event was blessed with 2 magnificent Victorian spring days.

Round case Ducati GT750, GPz1100, GPz550 and Hinckley Thruxton. All of life is here.

As well as the races, the Festival has become a real celebration of our passion, with a rally being held on-site for those who wish to camp and party on and there was a small swap meet (auto jumble) too. Mind you the only thing I saw being swapped involved folding drinking vouchers. There was one genuinely new experience at the swap meet as there was a Honda MT125 being offered free-of-charge! Where's the "I'll give you £100 for it" haggling fun in that, eh Frank?! As ever there were a couple of interesting 'projects' and one $650 RE Bullet had Leon's name written all over it!

Ron and Chris Trounson's 555cc Ariel Red Hunter outfit.

We had a great day, yes even SWMBO, and she was particularly taken with the exploits of the sidecars. The Classics especially were huge fun, overtaking on slow corners, power sliding and drifting the outfits to the delight of the appreciative crowd.

One for Leon

It may have been our first visit to Broadford but I strongly suspect it won't be our last!

One for SWMBO?


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