VJMC National Rally
Warilla lakes
4,5,6th March 2011

report by Simon Whittaker

After travelling around 8 hours to Healesville for the last 2 VJMC National rallies, it was great to be at Warilla lakes just near Kiama for this years rally. Held at the Warilla bowls club we all stayed in the cabins behind just on the river.

VVCMCC members Stan Perry (CB 900), John Broad (W650), Stew Ross (CB900), Len Skipper (Triumph), Ian Stevens (A50) with Jen & Ashlynn, Ray Lalic (CB400/4), Lou Baljak (XS1100), Craig Helmers (CB450) and I (CB360) attended...

After checking in a few of us went into Stocklands Mall and grabbed supplies. A bag of prawns and a few beers were quickly consumed upon our return.......We also had a chat to Graham, a bloke we met at the last rally. Spotted a few bikes now rolling in including a bunch of guys who'd ridden from QLD. One on a 68 Honda 450.....

Later on it was off to the club for dinner and a few meat raffle tickets.

Although when they drew my number out, I'd won a box of fruit! Then another ticket I had was called... another fruit box! Gawd, what am I going to do with two?
Ian and his "crew" finally arrived at the club and after dinner went back to unpack. A pool table beckoned from the corner and Ray, Craig and I held the table for the rest of the night... Incidentally, I gave away a box of fruit too...

Saturday morning dawned after raining during the night, it was overcast, but looked like the roads would dry by the time we left at 9:30am. We were soon on our way through winding country roads and the scenery up this way is pretty awesome. We climbed up a few hills reaching the top of Saddleback mountain lookout for a short break. From here you can see all over Wollongong and Port Kembla. ...Down the other side and we all headed towards Robertson pie shop for a coffee.

About 50 bikes I think went on this ride which was about 100klms. After a coffee it was back to the bowls club for the display. Around 180 entrants and plenty of nice Japanese machinery on display out in the car park... For many this is the only opportunity to take their bikes out for a ride. Some even rode from their cabin all the way to the car park.... Most of the bikes were full restorations or original condition good 'uns.
Not to many customised bikes although they now have a category for Cafe racers & specials, which was surprisingly won by a Z50 monkey bike with a heap of bolt on accessories.......

We managed to give our bikes a bit of a tub before going to the show, which was a good idea, except when we had a small downpour or three.....

We finished off the prawns and went back to get the bikes around 330pm. The presentation dinner was upstairs at the club, 3 courses and they handed out a few awards for the best bikes. The annual general meeting was held after this and a new committee was elected. More beers and pool downstairs before we called it a night. Sunday morning was the small ride about 50 klms so Ian tevens had a chance to unleash the awesome power of his Suzuki A50....

We headed home about 11am, stopping on the way at the Australian Motorlife Museum in Kembla Grange. (see separate story) It was a good rally although some people I spoke to thought it was to spread out with entrants staying at other van parks around the area instead of all camping on site like Healesville..... Theres also talk of bringing the rally to Canberra in a few years which would be a good thing. Enjoy the pics on our website ....... cheers Simon.


The Australian Motorlife Museum

Ian Stevens had a pamphlet from the club at the VJMC rally and we decided to go and have a look on the way home on Sunday. The museum hasn't been open long and is set in farmland just off the freeway to Wollongong. Containing lots of old machinery, cars, pushbikes, caravans, signs, buses, pictures, badges, tools and a few motor bikes, the museum looks back at the early days of Australian motoring. Jam packed with interesting exhibits and plenty of weird and wonderful objects. Have you ever heard of a Lloyd? Its a small car made back in the 50s. Big car batteries made from glass from the 20s. Theres a very early pushbike with motor I didn't get the name of and a caravan that folds open. A complete farm shed with tools and a car from the 30's. Australias oldest registered bus 1917, and the bikes included a AJS 7R, Norton Commando, Rudge, MV Augusta and more... It has a great little gift shop and is well worth a look next time you're down Wollongong way. I took a few pics, they'll be on our website ...... cheers Simon.

...some photos can be seen HERE

...and a YouTube video can be seen HERE