HMCCQ Kingaroy Area
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PO Box 971
ANNUAL BUNYA MOUNTAINS RALLY
2003 winner - John Wellings. Trophy presented by Dave Dittmar
The Gordon Trophy was donated many years ago by Bill Gordon to encourage the restoration of motorcycles. For some years now, the Trophy has been awarded during the Bunya Mountains Rally. The trophy is a reference set of motorcycling and restoration books.
Here are a couple of the simple rules (the secretary for each area will be able to provide the full rules) for the Gordon Trophy -
Restoration completed in previous 12 months (since last trophy award)·
Bike must be ridden to the judging area
restoration is of your own undertaking
If you intend to
enter your bike for the Gordon Trophy judging, keep an
accurate record of the work completed during restoration.
Bring the record with you for display (and for the judges
to review) during the judging. As the Gordon Trophy is a
'Restorers' Trophy, what you start with and what you then
do to restore the bike is probably more important than
shiny painted up and finished product. Dropping the bike
off at a commercial restoration shop (with a blank cheque
attached) will never win this trophy. That is not to say
you have to be an expert painter, engine builder or metal
machinist etc. Just you working to the best of your
abilities restoring the bike is all that is required.
Saturday 3rd - Day 1
The afternoon was split into 2 active's -
a social ride to the top of the mountain and a bus trip to the
Peanut Museum. 13 riders took the opportunity for a run to the
top of the mountain while a further 11 people learned quite a bit
Kingaroy Peanut Museum:
We watched a 15 minute move showing the history of growing and harvesting peanuts in the Kingaroy area. The movie traced production from early 'hands on' planting and harvesting producing about 2000 tons to modern era mechanical planters and harvesters yielding about 50000 tons.
After the movie we split into 2 groups. One group looked at the museum displays while the second group were taken for a tour through the Peanut silos. With all the workplace regulations now in place, tourist visits through the silos were stopped in 1985. The members who took this opportunity got a rare view of a working peanut storage and processing facility.
We took the elevator to the workroom on the top level. For those who are nervous about heights, the elevator is the same model used on the Titanic. From here we made our way back down the different level by way of the internal stairs. On the top levels the stairs are like steel ladders with hand-rails looking out into an empty void. On level 2 we had a very close look at the machine that sorts the peanuts from any shell or stones or discoloured nuts. From the movie at the museum we knew that in the past 3 shifts a day of 100 women 'picked' all the rubbish out by hand. A maximum of 10000 tons annually could be processed this way, but now 50,000 tons a year can be process by 5 electronic sorters. The peanuts supplied from Kingaroy represents only about 75% of Australian consumption.
In all, each group had about an hour in the museum with afternoon-tea, then 30 minutes in the silos before we had to return to the campsite to prepare for the evening meal.
Sunday 4th - Day 2
9:01 - first three were out and on their way. 3 at a time on one minute intervals and all were away. Both routes go different ways but meet again for morning tea and again for lunch. I didn't ride this year so I went for a quick run into morning tea to watch the first checkpoint.
The first short route riders began arriving about 10:00 so most were in, had their cuppa, 30 minute stop and were on the road before the long route ridders began arriving.
Morningtea stop in Kingaroy
Had one small issue on the second leg for
the short route ridders - a secret check-point was hidden just
round the corner from a T junction. I had chosen the location so
it would be an easy stop but not noticed until they came round
the corner. A couple of Veterans without clutches couldn't
restart going uphill. Note for next year - no traffic lights
(remembered that one) and check-points on the flat or down hill.
All riders arrived back under their own power so the sweepers had a quite run in the country. Only anxious moment was with an early AJS that got a little hot and nipped up. A short wait and he was on his way unassisted.
By the comments during lunch, I think everyone enjoyed the runs this year. A little different to past years but some interesting roads and not too many navigation problems - nobody missed morning tea or lunch so the instructions weren't too bad.
Final checkpoint and lunch.
Trophies were awarded after lunch and the points lost on each section were handed out. First place was awarded with zero points lost to Ian Kefford on the long route.
1st Outright - Ian Kefford, 1972
Yamaha, Long Route, 0 points lost
2nd Outright - Les Allan, 1914 BSA, short Route, 1 point lost
3rd Outright - Des Leach, 1926 Douglas, Short Route, 1 point lost.
Next year will be the 20th running of the Bunya Rally (the date has been given over to other combined area events twice in the history of the rally) so we are looking forward to some more and interesting tours of the area. If you would like to make suggestion on what is in or out of the Rally, drop the Secretary a line at the above address.
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