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Berry Kickstart Rally
6 - 8 June 2014

Report by Craig Mill

We’ve just got back from the Berry Kickstart Rally, organised by the Shoalhaven Classic Motorcycle Club, and what a great weekend it was; Great hospitality, great camaraderie, great roads to ride with amazing views, and great bikes to see and hear.

The weather was perfect, slightly overcast and cool for most of the weekend just to remind us that this is a Winter rally, but only dipping down to a balmy 9 degrees overnight. For those of us in tents and swags it was an unexpected blessing.

Regardless of the lack of frostbitten fingers and toes, most of the Canberra mob still spent the evenings around the camp fire with Schnapps and wine and warming ales, entertaining each other with tales both tall and true.

The Shoalhaven crew were as welcoming as always, greeting us with spaghetti bolognese on arrival Friday evening and bacon and egg brekkie on Sunday to get us all revved up for riding. The rides were well planned and marshalled, and the meals and teas ensured that our Winter jackets fitted snugly by the end of each ride.

I think there were just over 80 classic bikes entered for the weekend, and of those our Canberra group made up 34. That’s a pretty good show of support from our club and it shows just how good a rally the Shoalhaven club provide for us all.

The rally dinner on Saturday night was well attended, and once again our club filled nearly half the seats. For those in the know, for the past few years we have attended the Berry dinner with a common dress up theme, and when the Shoalhaven group come to our rally they do the same. This year they came to our rally dinner as Vikings, and last year we went to theirs as Amish, so we couldn’t wait to show them our latest act.

We entered the dining hall en masse, all dressed in hunting hats, brandishing various hunting firearms (of the toy kind of course), announcing to the room that we were “Trophy Hunters” from Canberra, hoping to bag a few trophies (and a few raffle prizes too). With our numbers we had good odds of the latter at least.

Check out the rally photos to see how much fun was had at the dinner, and also how well some of our members did in actually bagging some trophies. They are listed below in the roll call.

I would like to wrap up by saying a big thank you to the Shoalhaven club for putting on such a great rally, and for making us feel like part of the family. If you have never attended this rally please make a note and don’t miss it next year.

Cheers, Craig Mill

...some PHOTOS can be seen HERE


  Member's Name Year Machine  
  Ashleigh Medway 1932 Norton Model 20 1st Place in class
  Col Hill 1937 Ariel Square Four  
  Paul Dunster 1938 Norton 18 Best Unrestored & King of the Rally
  Glen Liddell 1944 Indian Chief Best American
  Rob Harris 1948 Indian Chief  
  Phil Sell 1948 Triumph Speed Twin  
  Ray Scott 1949 Triumph Speed Twin  
  Lorraine Litster 1954 Velocette MSS500  
  Mark Dyson-Holland 1957 Norton Dominator  
  Peter Dunster 1960 Triumph 650 Bobber  
  Dick Holland 1961 AJS M31  
  Trevor Fowler 1965 Triumph 6T  
  Allan Boyd 1965 BSA Royal Star  
  John Somerville 1967 Bultaco  
  Marty Van Sebille 1967 Triumph T120 2nd place in class
  Dave Phillis 1969 BSA Firebird 1st Place in class
  Ed Ruiz 1969 Triumph Bonneville  
  Steve Davey 1969 Triumph T120R  
  Jim Douros 1970 Triumph Bonneville  
  Uli Schneider 1971 Laverda 750 Best European
  Simon Whittaker 1972 Honda CB350  
  Phil and Jo Donges 1972 Norton Commando  
  Lisa Mill 1973 Yamaha RD350  
  Stu Green 1974 Honda CB550F  
  Chris Hillbrick-Boyd 1974 Honda CB200  
  Phil Quinnell 1978 Triumph Bonneville  
  Bernie Medway 1978 Seely Honda 1st Place in class & Best Asian
  Craig Mill 1980 Yamaha RD350LC  
  Don Thomas 1980 Suzuki A100  
  Gus Laburn 1980 Triumph T140 1st Place in class
  Ian Duvall 1985 Suzuki GSX1100  
  James Litster 1986 BMW R65  
  Wayne Harris 2003 Harley  
  Russell 2010 V-Rod  

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