On Friday 27th of October 2017 eighty Harley Davidsons mustered at Phil’s Garage in Albury where their riders gathered for a meet and greet, a BBQ and a few beers. The occasion being the 75th anniversary of the 1942 WLA or as some know them, the "Liberator".
Saturday, 8.30 am all eighty bikes plus marshals left for the ride, passing through Jindera, WALLA WALLA and Uranquinty on some very bumpy roads to Temora, 140 miles. Lunch being served at Temora Aviation Museum followed by a photo opportunity on the tarmac with eighty WLA’s, one vintage truck and one Supermarine Spitfire! A quick trip to the pub for a couple, then a 55 mile ride to Young where our accommodation awaited us. Dinner and entertainment were supplied at the Young R.S.L. club finishing off a full day.
Sunday morning started at 7.00 am with a BBQ at the R.S.L. The ride departed to Canberra via Wombat, Harden and Yass at 9.00 am with the distance being 100 miles. Arriving at the Australian War Memorial we were directed by some very official looking people to the apron right next to the main entrance where we had one hour exactly to finish our tribute photos and then move on. I must say that this was a very moving experience.
The next move was to the Harmonie German Club for lunch. After a few quick adjustments to a couple of bikes and most people headed home. Ken Miller and myself stayed on for a couple of nights and spent the next day at the War Memorial. If you have visited lately you know what a moving experience it is. If you have not, you should take the time to visit.
We left Canberra on Tuesday morning riding across the Monaro High Plains to Jindabyne for a spot of lunch before crossing the highest part of the Great Dividing Range to Khancoban and staying the night at Corryong. Next morning we followed the Upper Murray down from Walwa to Hume Weir then on to Yackandandah for lunch, what a beautiful ride. That evening we were in Chiltern ready for the next rally and that is another story.
VMCC members attending:
WALLA WALLA , NSW - With a place name like that,
it’s a great little town to ride WLA ’s through.
The Vintage Motorcycle Club of Victoria
Registered Number A0006534S
P.O. Box 236, Box Hill 3128
0403 929 978
The Vintage Motorcycle Club of Victoria Inc. was formed in 1964 by a group of enthusiasts, under the name Motorcycle Collectors Club of Victoria. The Club now has a membership of about 270, from all parts of Victoria.