"The Sound of Singles"
was the theme of the
33rd Annual VVCMCC Australia Day Rally
held on 23 - 25 January 2010
at the Canberra Carotel Motel and Caravan Park

Report by Allan Boyd

This year's theme "Celebrating the Sound of Singles" attracted an impressive range of single cylinder motorcycles of all marques, with a total number of 63 singles entered. All age categories were well represented with the oldest veteran a 1909 Triumph through to moderns. In all 173 enthusiasts, including 7 lady riders, from the ACT and those who travelled from all over NSW and some from Vic and S.A. gathered at the Canberra Carotel venue in extreme hot weather for Canberra for a weekend of riding and fun. The weather did not deter the enthusiasm of the riders, and the organisers were well prepared with plenty of cold drinks.

The rally activities commenced with a welcome BBQ and early registrations on Friday evening; and was well attended. The Saturday ride took the enthusiasts on a long ride or an optional shorter ride to the small village of Gundaroo for a morning tea stop and judging of the motorcycles within a variety of categories. A large contingent of spectator motorcycle enthusiasts also gathered at the Gundaroo Park to admire the magnificent collection of original and beautifully restored machines and everything in between. All machines took the short ride back to the Carotel which catered for lunch in air-conditioned comfort, and provided a swimming pool if wanted. The hot weather took its toll particularly on the older machines and the three back-up trailers were kept busy ferrying bikes back to the Carotel.

The Saturday evening Presentation Dinner was attended by about 160 entrants who enjoyed a meal and presentation of the large number of trophies. King of the Rally went to a 1947 Acme 125 and the Best Single was won by a 1951 AJS 500cc 18S and the winner was presented with the desirable unique trophy of a 1/12 Minichamp Norton Manx replica.

Sunday's longer ride took the traditional "Cotter Loop" although this year in a counter clockwise direction where the distinct throaty exhaust notes of the singles echoed along the winding roads of the foothills of the Brindabella Range. A well deserved morning tea stop was taken at the picturesque surroundings of the newly refurbished Casuarina Sands reserve. The weather had cooled considerably and there were fewer breakdowns. The ride was completed in time for a late lunch back in the air conditioned comfort at the Carotel. Many riders who had travelled from interstate and other centres departed in the afternoon. For those who remained on there was another delicious and free bbq and some relaxing drinks and an opportunity to chat about the rally.

Come Monday, a small keen contingent of riders took part in our "follow the leader" and "tail end Charlie" tour of the Canberra lookouts and sample one of Canberra's well known coffee stops.

Our Major Sponsors were
Grand Prix Karting (ACT),
NRMA Classic Vehicle Insurance
Shannons Insurance for Motoring Enthusiasts

Some photos from the Rally can be seen HERE

Trophy Winners and Sponsors 2010

Best Veteran (to end 1918) Sponsor: TJ's Tyres & Accessories
1st Graham Froud - 1912 L.M.C. Roadster
2nd Denis Tobler - 1909 Triumph Standard tourer
3rd Lee Wright - 1912 Triumph Roadster

Best Vintage (1919 to 1930) Sponsor: TJ's Tyres & Accessories
1st Geoff Bland - 1929 BSA S29
2nd Jim Alexander - 1929 Vincent HRD 3 1/2 HP Touring Model
3rd Mark Fitzgerald - 1923 Harley Davidson JD

Best Pre-War Classic (1931 to 1945) Sponsor: VVCMCC
1st Ian Parker - 1936 BSA Y13
2nd Col Hill - 1937 Ariel Square 4G
3rd Bob Courtney - 1945 Triumph 3HW

Best Post-War Classic (1946 to 1960) Sponsor: Grand Prix Karting
1st Ernie Seary - 1951 AJS 18S
2nd Phillip Sell - 1948 Triumph Speed Twin
3rd Denis Ulrick - 1958 BSA Gold Star

Best Popular Classic (1961 to 1970) Sponsor: Electro Plating Technology
1st Kerryn Darderi - 1962 BSA Rocket Gold Star
2nd Alan Munday - 1966 Suzuki T20 Hustler
3rd Richard Dyson-Holland - 1969 Triumph Bonneville

Best Cherished Classic (1971 to 1980) Sponsor: Grand Prix Karting
1st Christopher Hocker - 1974 Kawasaki ZIA
2nd Steve Davey - 1971 Harley Davidson Sportster
3rd Richard Steian - 1972 Honda CB450K5

Best Modern (1981 to 2010) Sponsor: TJ's Tyres & Accessories
1st Robert Gosper - 2000 Indian (Gilroy) Chief Roadmaster
2nd Simon Whittaker - 1981 Honda Boldor CB900 special
3rd Don Burrows - 1985 Ducati MHR Mille

Best Outfit Sponsor: TrophyLink
1st Ross Johnson - 1930 BSA Sloper
2nd John Ducat - 1951 BSA A10
3rd John Francis - 1929 Harley Davidson J

Best Military Sponsor: VVCMCC
1st Anthony Meany - 1942 Harley WLA
2nd Caroline Bradly - 1942 BSA SM20
3rd Doug Ferguson - 1941 Indian 741

Best AJS/Matchless Sponsor: Grand Prix Karting (perpetual)
Ernie Seary - 1951 AJS 18S

Best British Machine Sponsor: Eurotune Motorcycles
Ian Parker - 1936 BSA Y13

Best Triumph Sponsor: Triumph Motorcycle Register of Australia
Tony Merz - 1975 Triumph Trident

Best European Machine Sponsor: VVCMCC
Don Burrows - 1985 Ducati MHR Mille

Best Asian Machine Sponsor: Dahlitz Motorcycles
Richard Steian - 1972 Honda CB450K5

Best American Machine Sponsor: Robbo's Motorcycles
Steve Davey - 1971 Harley Davidson Sportster

Best Lady Participant Sponsor: Chris Hillbrick-Boyd In Memory of Sue Cramp
Julie Croker - 1982 Suzuki TS185

Hardluck Award Sponsor: Sue's Transport Books (perpetual)
Peter Swords - 1956 Velocette Venom

Peter Barges Memorial Shield for Best New Restoration
Ernie Seary - 1951 AJS 18S

Myles Gilmour Memorial Trophy for the Best Triumph Twin
Phillip Sell - 1948 Triumph Speed Twin

Most Desirable Single Sponsor: NRMA Classic Vehicle Insurance
Ernie Seary - 1951 AJS 18S

King of the Rally Sponsor: TJ's Tyres & Accessories
Geoff Kimpton - 1947 ACME 125