Geelong SLOB Ride

Geelong S.L.O.B. Ride 22 – 4 - 2018 

Fog and Smog Greeted the starters for this years’ ride. As I rode from St Leonards to Drysdale I couldn't help wondering how many would turn up as the All British Rally was on. Ten riders were there including Alan and Michele Prentice. As well as Chris Price from Wonthaggi. What a sterling effort. As we chatted and reminisced about the legendary Inverloch Rally I wondered how many would make the boring ride from Melbourne. To my surprise at 10.00 am 13 riders arrived with a healthy turn out from the committee. My personal thanks for your support.

After the formalities were taken care of, I hoped my Ajay would perform as expected!  What a marvelous sound a bunch of English bikes make. Except a 1939 Ariel that wasn't happy. After much kicking the "miscreant" machine was pushed and finally the Grand old Lady made a noise. We headed north to Portarlington then around the Esplanade by the waters’ edge at 60 kph to St Leonards. A trip I do often on my old bikes. We motored along at 80 Kph to Queenscliff for a  40 min break. What a lovely sight to see a row of Classics parked on the same side of the road. Riders and partners meandered around at leisure. Burger and Pauline arrived and decided to enjoy the second stage.

After the break we headed to Pt Lonsdale, Shell Rd, Banks Rd, Portarlington Rd, Queenscliff Rd over the Murradoc hill back to Drysdale completing a slow lap of Bellarine. Some riders elected to have a counter lunch before heading for home. One rider having trouble keeping his lunch on the plate! As I rode home I felt pleased with the day. Thanks to Stan Rogers for T.E.C duties and Bosko for trailer duties. A great day with great people.  

 Andy Symons ride leader.

 Rider List                        Bike/Year
Sam Panettieri              Suzuki GSX 750 89
Jack Youdan                  Triumph Thruxton 2009
James Linton                Triumph Tr7 1974
Ian Snadden                 BMW R90 S 1974
Ray Isles                       BMW F650 2004
Ted Byrne                     BMW R100 1997
Graeme Wilson                        BMW K75 1985
Graeme Boulter                       BMW R90S 1975
D Wilson                       BMW K100 RS 1988
David McLennan                      Triumph Thruxton 2016
Reg Hammond                         BMW R75 5 1972
Alan Kelly                     Motto Guzzi  2009
Andy Symons               AJS 1951
Stan Rogers                  Triumph 650 1972
Mark Mensch               Triumph 650 1972
Allan Prentice               Panther M 120 1964
Chris Price                    Velocette 350 1961
Aaron Symons              Yamaha XJ750 1981
Nick Oakley                  BMW K100 RS 1988
Tony Morgan (guest)   Ariel 600 VB 1939
Burger Drake               BMW R100 S 1976
Rod Dutton                   Kawasaki Z650 1979
Ron Study                     BMW R69 1964