National Scooter Rally

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  • 04-26-2016 10:30 AM

    National Scooter Rally

    Besides the report by Major Bumsore on the NSR i have seen no other comments

    Hows about a report and will there be a NSR in 2017 or 2018 and is Sharon still up for it

    Was 2016 a success or were the numbers down because of terrorists ? (on Lambrettas with spanners )

    riding for fun
  • 04-26-2016 01:42 PM In reply to

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    Looks like there was a Lambretta there Smile

    Thank you for coming to Renmark. Here are the results of the awards. Thanks again to all our sponsors.

    • Best Automatic Scooter (not including maxis) - Philip Spencer's Vespa GTS250 - sponsored by Armadillo Scooterwear
    • Best Geared Scooter - David Atkinson's Vespa 150 Super - sponsored by Vespa House
    • Best Maxi Scooter - Ben Kramer's 1980s Honda Helix - sponsored by Suzuki
    • Best Custom/Modified Scooter - Martin Lindley's Lambretta TV175 - sponsored by Scooter Style
    • Best Vintage Scooter (Pre 1977) - Trish Cameron's 1959 Iso - sponsored by Vespa Club of Melbourne
    • Best Unrestored/Rat Scooter - Mikey Erdelyi's Vespa SS180 - trophy provided and prize sponsored by Southsiders Scooter Club, Adelaide
    • Best in Show - Bob Reid's Vespa VBA - sponsored by SS Scooter Engineering
    • Best Vespa - Bob Reid's Vespa VBA - sponsored by Vespa House
    • Furthest Ridden - Gavin Rogers rode 1688kms from Armidale on his Vespa GTS300 - sponsored by GPS Imports

    Spare stickers, patches and tube scarves from the rally are available, as well as patches and stickers from previous years. Please email sharonvespagirl@bigpond.comc

    T shirts with the rally logo are still available here:

  • 04-26-2016 02:06 PM In reply to

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    I thought the rally was a great success. I got there Fri arvo and while re-grouping at the servo on the Saturday ride-out to Lake Bonney, Major Bumsore (I think Ive got the right person?) spotted the Graeme Morris M/C number plate surround on my new Vespa GTS and asked if I was from Newcastle (Armidale actually) and that started a nice chat about bushrangers. The ride around the lake (mmmm, smell that 2stroke) and the lunch at the cafe was fantastic. The show and shine in the afternoon was very enjoyable and the rally awards were handed out at the pub that night accompanied by good food, great music and a few beers. I didnt know a soul there though everyone was very welcoming and friendly and I got to know Peter and Keith from Tassie. Time constraints cut short my rally. I missed Sundays ride-out and gymkhana and the Paddle Steamer 'Industry' was offering trips on the river which would have been fun. There are photos of the gymkhana etc on Facebook.

    Vespa's can tour too. I did 3500kms over 5 days and got the 'furthest ridden' award. I'm putting together a bit of a write-up about my trip which I hope to post in a few days time.

    Top weekend!


    Honda Spacy - 54,000 kms
    Vespa 150 Super (for restoration)
    Daelim S1 - 640 kms
    Piaggio X7 - 27,000 kms
    Vespa GTS 300 - see how this goes
  • 04-26-2016 04:08 PM In reply to

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    From Sharon

    Hello folks, it's good to see that a few of you came along.

    Results are on the rally page at

    There will be a rally next year, and someone else will be organising it. Happily, one of the attendees at this year's rally has decided to take it on! The information is on this Facebook event:

    For those of you not on Facebook, here is the basic info:

    Australian National Scooter Rally 2017 - Griffith

    Friday 31st March – Sunday 2nd April

    Set in the Riverina region of NSW, Griffith is a town steeped in Italian heritage. Many pioneering Italians settled in the area over the last 100 years, bringing their culture with them. Surely there are some scooters hiding in sheds somewhere?

    Famous for its food, wine and irrigation system, Griffith is awaiting your pleasure.

    *** Accommodation and base for the rally ***

    Griffith Caravan Village
    Phone: 02 6962 3785 - Keith & Pearl
    Address: corner of Mackay Ave & Gardiner Rd, Griffith NSW

    Mix of self-contained 1 & 2 bed cabins available as well as camping options.

    Mention the Scooter Rally when booking!

    More info on the website -

    As a rough guide, cabins range in price from $62/night for economy up to $94/night for 2 Bedroom deluxe. All have fridges and kitchen facilities and include linen. Most have internal ensuites but the economy cabins have adjacent ensuites.

    Alternative accommodation – if you miss out on the caravan park, the MIA Motel is directly across the road – 02 6962 1866. There are also many other options available around town.

  • 04-29-2016 06:49 AM In reply to

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    Yes Gaje, 'twas me, a pleasure to have met you. After the Lake Bonney ride I took a sidetrip with a friend out to the historic Overland corner Hotel. This is the Hotel where the bushranger "Captain" Moonlite rode his horse into the bar for a beer on his way back from one of his raids. 

    Wife and I took the cruise on the PS Industry on the Sunday, really enjoyed it.

    Perhaps we might catch up for a beer at Griffith??

    I did a little write up on the Rally for my Scooter Club, but buggered if I can get it to attach, maybe someone out there can help.  Cheers.

    Carpe Diem
  • 04-29-2016 09:42 AM In reply to

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    This one ? Big Smile

    Graham’s trip to the 2016 National Scooter Rally  plus  4967 klms later

    The first day of the trip started poorly with a shower of rain hitting as I was loading the scooter and delaying me for a crucial half hour, causing me to hit Wahroonga at 8:30. Just in time for morning rush/school zones, taking me 40mins. to do the 6kms of Pennant Hills Rd. That bit of road is about the worst bit of riding you can do, but bravely (or, no other choice) I plugged on.

    The first stop was at the café opposite Richmond RAAF, where the service has improved, but the coffee hasn’t. There my wife caught up, having came that far with my daughter and son-in-law in their car, to ease my trauma from Pennant Hills Rd. A short break, and a mug of the aforesaid coffee later we started that glorious climb up the Blue Mountains, along Bells Line of (scenic, winding, spectacular Road, down through Lithgow, and our next break at Blayney, for a quick lunch. The ride thus far had been great. There’s nothing better that riding in the country. From Blayney to Mandurama was peaceful, very little traffic, and good surfaces. The scoot just hummed along, and carried the two of us so smoothly through some great open scenic country to Eugowra for our first night and some bushranger-history museum visiting. We saw Johnny Gilberts pistol, ( A relic of the Eugowra Gold Escort Robbery of 1865.A total of 460ks for the day. All good riding (except for 6km.)

    The second day was mostly flat and straight. A lunch break at Goolgowi, then the iconic Hay Plains flew past, and we are in Hay, my old stamping ground from my days as a rep for Esso. It seem that the town has survived the recession well and is spreading out and looking good. Everyone should ride the Hay Plains at least once, and back, nonstop. We arrived in Balranald at about 3:30, with the bums feeling the strain of 545ks.

    Day three saw us arriving at Renmark about 2:00 after a KFC lunch at Mildura, a really lovely 300k ride through miles of fruit trees, and glimpses of the Murray river. At Renmark we opted to stay at the (rather posh) Renmark Hotel with a second floor room overlooking the Murray. Bloody luxury but worth the extra. Friday nights function in the Hotel was the usual noisy rowdy affair, where the scooterists let their hair down, (if they have enough to spare), and catch up with old acquaintances, and make new ones. This is the core of the Rally and cause of many a sore head

     Saturday was the ride-out to Barmera. The scooters gathered at the Paringa Caravan Park for the ride. There were about 50 scooters of all types, including some types I have never see, including Aprilia 850, Honda Spacey, and even a Heinkel. Also some very interesting Vespas. I am always surprised at the low attendance. One would think there would be more than 50. We took a ride to Barmera, and around Lake Bonney, where Donald (or was it Malcolm) Campbell attempted the world water speed record in Bluebird. The rideouts are all fun, especially when the group splits and half head off in the wrong direction. Saturday night was another riotous event, with presentations, awards, door prizes, more dancing (of a sort) and more grog.

    We chose not to do the Sunday ride to Loxton, instead took a paddle wheeler trip up the Murray on the historic, authentic steamer the PS Industry, 1911 vintage.

    These rallies are a real buzz, and it is such a shame that more people don’t attend. Perhaps it is just too far for the smaller scooters.

    After we left the rally we travelled over to Ceduna, then did the Eyre Peninsular, up to Quorn for a ride on the PichiRichi Railway, then home through Broken Hill.(But that’s another story). The total distance of our little ride was 4967Kms in 15 days. We are both weary and sore in the obvious places, and my right knee is finally unlocking. But I would do it again, though I’m not sure my wife would.  Hopefully I’ll be doing the Snowy Mountains later in the year, (Anybody Interested??]

  • 04-29-2016 11:56 AM In reply to

    • DaveO
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    Re: National Scooter Rally

    Thanks Pyrah for posting this, and thanks Graham for writing it. 


    A couple of questions: what were the total number of attendees (Sharon?) and what scoot did Graham and his missus ride?






    The Red Menace
  • 04-29-2016 04:37 PM In reply to

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    DaveO, my scooter is a Burgman 400, the only scooter I've had, so I have nothing to compare it with, but I reckon it is terrific. I think there were 50 scooters there, a couple with pillions.

    And a thanks to Pyrah for posting my stubborn letter.


    Carpe Diem
  • 05-06-2016 09:06 AM In reply to

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    Major, it was very nice to meet you. The PS Industry river cruise did look very tempting.

    Look forward to catching up with you for a beer in Griffith! I enjoyed your write-up of the rally and a bit envious of your trip overall. Its so great to be able to get away for a few days. For anyone interested I have written up my rally experience at

    Roll on next year. 



    Honda Spacy - 54,000 kms
    Vespa 150 Super (for restoration)
    Daelim S1 - 640 kms
    Piaggio X7 - 27,000 kms
    Vespa GTS 300 - see how this goes
  • 05-06-2016 11:04 AM In reply to

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    Link to other national scooter rally thread click

  • 05-06-2016 01:38 PM In reply to

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    That was a great write-up Gavin.  I am also looking forward to Griffith. I lived there for about a year so very very long ago, (about 40 years). 


    Carpe Diem
  • 01-01-2017 09:23 AM In reply to

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    Hi all,

    Just wanted to bump this post about the rally.

    Anyone from Sydney interested in going?

    Would be great to ride with others.

    Thinking of linking with some Gong riders too. Taking back roads where possible....

    Happy New Year


    Life without a Tmax is possible, but would almost be useless…
  • 01-01-2017 04:02 PM In reply to

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    Hi Fang, I hope to be going, depending on my finances at the time. But I live up Newcastle way, and have vowed to never ride though Sydney again after my last ride.  So I expect to be going via the Hunter Expressway, and the Golden Highway through the Bylong valley and out to Cowra, Young, Temora. Probably staying at Cowra overnight. On the way home, going through Goulburn to Oberon, then Windsor, etc.

    **gje48...Are ypu going??

    Carpe Diem
  • 01-05-2017 08:38 AM In reply to

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    Gavin, are you planning to go to the Griffith rally?.  I am hoping to go and expect to leave Thursday morning, going up the Golden Highway thru the Bylong valley and stopping overnight somewhere about Cowra to Young, (all flexible}. Also I wanted to come home thru Goulburn-Oberon. That gives me a couple of new roads to ride.  Let me know.  Cheers

    Carpe Diem
  • 01-30-2017 12:50 PM In reply to

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    I had such a great time last year that I'm going again come hell or high water! I'll probably head down via Premer, Coolah, Dunedoo, Wellington etc and I did have some vague plan of coming back via the Geographical Centre of NSW (a place called 5 Ways, west of Tottenham). So at this stage, Yes.

    Honda Spacy - 54,000 kms
    Vespa 150 Super (for restoration)
    Daelim S1 - 640 kms
    Piaggio X7 - 27,000 kms
    Vespa GTS 300 - see how this goes
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