Chiltern Rally Report

Friday through Sunday provided us with glorious sunny weather but the weather turned on us with steady rain on Monday.

The traditional run via Indigo Valley to the Barnawartha pub provided the shakedown required. An AJS had a permit holder fracture and drop off - recovered with the eagle eyes of one Neville Babb and an award winning Ariel lost a headlight bolt. The Pub is under new management and has a nice renovated lounge.

Saturday’s run was through to Beechworth for our first stop, down the Buckland Gap then up Taylors Gap for a run through Whorouly to Milawa Central. In Milawa we parked mid-town on the large vacant block diagonally opposite the pub. There are cafes adjacent making it ideal. Then onwards through Oxley Flats and Tarrawingee to the general store and Victoria’s smallest pub at Eldorado for refuelling. A short stop there, then a small ride to the Cock’s Eldorado dredge - a monster that ran until the mid 50’s. Some riders had to be chased to return to the dredge. The trip back was via Carraragarmungee and a parallel minor road adjacent to the Hume Highway.

On Sunday the first stop was the usual route to Yackandandah taken by all but three riders of Indians then onwards through Dederang to Kancoona. Lunch catered for by the Chiltern ladies was around the pool of a ‘castle’ which is also a popular B & B. After lunch it was onwards to Myrtleford for a refuel and then the ride up the long twisting hill from Barwidgee creek to the Stanley Pub for more refuelling. Then back through Beechworth to Chiltern.

At the Dinner at Hub 62, Alistair presented a solar powered garden gnome on a motorbike to Kel Mitchener, an original Mark King laser cut wall hanging of a vintage bike to Ian Reid and an original Alistair Douglas stainless steel motorcycle trophy to Neville Hunter.

Due to the inclement weather on Monday morning the majority of us squibbed the ride to Rutherglen for morning tea.

Alistair and Dione again did a terrific job of the organisation. A big thank you to them and the King family, the extended Douglas and Burt families and their good friends who helped with catering, marshalling and back up and to the management and staff of Hub 62. Trivia: The Indian Club rallied at Beechworth and on the Saturday they went to Chiltern. We rallied at Chiltern and on the Saturday we went to Beechworth. We did not cross paths (or trails in their case) on Saturday. On Sunday some Indians were spotted at Dederang.


Neville Babb - 20 MAG
Keith Barnard - 30 Rudge 500
Cooper Brownlee - 42 Harley 1200
James Brownlee - 39 Harley 750
Bruce Brunner - 38 Ariel 500
Norman Carr - 38 Velocette 500
Graham Collicoat - 29 Harley 750
Daryl Colt - 47 Indian Chief 1200
Andrew Cox - 22 A.B.C 400
John Cox - 40 BSA 500
Malcolm Cox - 29 Norton 598
Bill and Pene Cowey - 42 BSA 500
Doug Cowey - 42 Indian 500
John Dargie - 50 Triumph 650
Mikel Dargie - 50 Triumph 650
Alistair and Dione Douglas - 36 BSA 1000 O/F
Bob Douglas - 39 BSA 500 O/F
Doug Fraser - 15 Hockley 270 & BSA
Mattew Gellert - 38 Ariel 500
Linda Green - 26 AJS 350
Allan Greenway - 29 Zenith 680 O/F
Mick Guilfoyle - 42 Harley 900
Kevin Hammond and Kath - 37 Ariel 600 O/F
James Hewson - 37 BSA 500
Barry Holland - 35 Levis 500
Neville Hunter - 42 Ariel 350
Noel James - 38 Triumph 500
Emma King - 40 BSA 500
Mark and Mary-Ann King - 42 BSA 500 O/F
Matthew King - 42 Harley WLA
Chas Lipscombe - 26 New Imperial 680
Gil McDougall - 39 Ariel 350
Bob and Di McGillivray - 39 Harley O/F
Ken Miller - 42 Harley 750
Paul Mitchell - 26 Norton 500
Kel Mitchener - 29 Douglas 600
Paul Morrison - 44 Indian 1200
Adrian Newman - 37 Panther 600
John Parker - 25 BSA 500
Ian Reid - 37 Rudge
Ian Richtsteig - 30 Norton 500
Stefane Rio - 33 Peugot 250
Daryl Stayches - 42 Harley 750
John Street - 17 Jap 770
Manny and Lilly Vella - 42 Indian 500
Sammy Vella - 38 Indian 750
Marcus Wills Cooke and Vinnie - 27 Harley 1000
Warren Young - 37 Rudge 500


Trish Stayches - Harley Sportster
Danni Stayches - Suzuki
Tayla Wells - Suzuki
Ray Babb - 2017 Honda
John Mepstead - 72 MZ 250

Back Up Trailer

Trevor Gladstone
Eric Hall
Denis Reed-Smith
David James


Heather Cox
Joy Mitchener
Lorraine Newman
Sandra Collier


Walli Douglas
Sarah Lipscombe
Linda Hall


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