The Gypsy Tour of Tassie 2024 is now less than 4 weeks away for those who have booked your preparation should be now done, but knowing some of those Gary Hogg prepares months in advance but Owen Jones and Dave Kimpton will be fixing on the day we leave, personally I’m one of the former and have started preparing when I booked 12 months ago! Owen compromises by bringing 40 kgs of tools and even a portable spark plug cleaner and Dave just relies on a last minute service and grand faith in the marque, but getting back to you how would your bike shape up to a good ride or a rally, theoretically nothing more than check the tyre pressures the oil level and the petrol should be all you need to do, if not fix it and as the scouts say “Be prepared”

The 2024 year is off with a bang, the Midday Express Run to Thornton for a overnight stop this Saturday, then 11th Feb the Macedon Car Club Show & Shine at Hanging Rock, the 1st March is the 15 day Gypsy Tour of Tasmania 2024 with a General Meeting on at the Grandview Hotel on 27th Feb! So the winter Rally we used to have is now cancelled  this makes the Crazy Horse Rally (Spring) in October at Corryong one of the remaining events on this year beside the odd quarterly club ride, which is why I will reinforce why you need to book accomodation as soon as these events are announced an example of this is this weekend the Rubicon Hotel/Motel is virtually booked out. Similar thing with the Tassie trip this March the ferry is full because 140 classic British motorcycles are going to the British Motorcycle Rally at the same time as us, we booked accomodation in different places because some areas were completely full. Some members of our club are dismayed they cant go on the Tassie Tour because a month out there is no way to get there. Member Phillip White is straying to the dark side no not a Harley (as pictured above) but to another V-Twin Moto-Gutless, this guy is into weird things Sunbeam’s, Ariel Square 4, and that old conrod disemboweler BSA A10, times change.

 

Always a good time, out with the old in with the New as it is said, theoretically the weather is good for riding and the sun is out longer and your riding time should be more not less. The Midday Express is just over 2 weeks off and I would advise those who are thinking of attending to book your accomodation if the Rubicon Hotel/Motel is booked out there are other places to stay in Thornton and this is a complete overhaul of a much loved event on our calander to suit the conditions and riders attending, remember the only way we are holding all of these events is with your support no support means the event will be cancelled in the future. Last year we had one event at Corryong the year before in 2022 we had 4 rallies, 9 ride days and 9 meetings a year. We addressed this because of the downturn of support by completely altering not only events but also our membership type encompassing BEA pre 1976 which I’m pleased to say seems to have reversed the slow downward spiral, 8 new members last year compared to nil in the previous 2 years proved this point. Our new criteria will be to only give you events that are supported it takes as much to organise a rally with 6 people as 25 so its not worth setting up one to find 3 people are attending also its good manors to return a Expression of Interest as this helps for booking of meals or accomodation please.

Meet at Ampol service station at 11-30 am for a ride to Thornton arriving at your pre-booked Rubicon Hotel/ Motel 1362 Taggerty-Thornton Rd Thornton 57 732251 please mention Iron Indian riders, then an evening meal at the Hotel. Sunday morning return home after breakfast. Please reply if your interested in attending and don’t forget to book your room.
This event has been “saved” by members at your last meeting, it was going to be scrapped so to  ensure it’s continued please support it, we have rejigged it to a more user friendly time and stretched it out, also located close to Melbourne 120 klms or under 2 hours.. all details on the calender all click on the sidebar listing this event

 

The committee has passed a new resolution that any brand new members from January on will only pay the annual membership fee of $60, the new member joining fee is now redundant. This means you can switch into our association without the penalty of an extra cost with the added advantage of B.E.A (British, European & American)  up to 1976 including Indian’s of any era, Christmas has come early!

 

A new change in policy of red plate permit vehicles in your Association have been reviewed, being we are now under certain conditions letting either cars/Vans/Ute’s on our register. So the certain conditions  are :

1 You must have a red plate motorcycle already with our Association

2 You must have a current RWC for the vehicle at the time of presentation for your application

3 You must have been a continuous member for at least the last 5 years

4 You are only allowed ONE vehicle only, either a car/ute or van on this scheme 

 

All details on calendar 3rd December RSVP we need this for catering,  BBQ lunch and soft drinks provide by the association FOC. A short ride to the event or meet us at the venue

This year with our change to the constitution introducing B.E.A to 1976 has started to see a growth in new members averaging one a month so far unsurprisingly most are Triumph owners but also BSA and Norton as well. It’s kind of history repeating itself as the original importers of Indian Milledge Bros in the twenties started the Indian-Triumph club so a full circle there, it seems that both brands share a strong bunch of enthusiastic owners so thats good. Some things will alter such as the Smoke Signals magazine will not be solely based on only Indian subjects, Martyn Goodwyn your editor has already agreed to reproduce some of the articles he produced in international OVR magazine he edited for many years as one of the most professional e-mags around so that will help in keeping interesting subjects in the magazine. The picture above is a Harley Knuckle engine in a Triumph Trophy frame, weird.

Yes the Classic Club of Vic has the same rider etiquette as us so we are not unique please acknowledge these at all rides or rallies that you attend. Speaking of which, the last weekend’s Rally seemed to be a resounding success, but for your webmaster pictured in Wangaratta Hospital at the half way point to the rally I was struck down with severe cramps and vomiting caused by Kidney stones, the first time and the worse pain ever, after 6 hours they released me and my son drove me home, so no rally for me, but Mark Barthelmie tells me the weather was great and the ride organised by Gary Hogg was fantastic I’m looking forward to it already.