SMCC 90th BIRTHDAY RIDE REPORT
First of all, congratulations to the club and thanks all members past and present who have kept the club alive through thick and thin over our 90 years of activity in motor cycle sport. Looking through some of our recorded history we have achieved quite a lot with many members being multiple champions in various facets of motor cycle competition over the years with quite a few Australian Champions among them. But as usual with all clubs, there have been many members who may not be competition winners but who are tireless workers for the club organising the events and day to day business of running a club over so many years.
The 90th Birthday ride went off without too many hitches with around 115 riders participating over the course that was used for the first event SMCC ran in 1932 which was run as a Reliability Trial (remembering all roads would have been unsealed and most competitors would have been on 1920’s machines). Covering around 130klms with a loop through Lara, around the back of the You Yangs to Anakie, the on the Durdiwarrah for a coffee stop. Then it was onto Meredith with a return back to the clubrooms via Steiglitz and Southerlands Creek, some riders took various detours whether they were intended or not, but all back safely for a feed and a chat over some refreshments at the clubrooms.
We would like to compile an album and a photo board for the clubrooms and are asking all who attended to send in their photo memories to the club e-mail email@example.com We will select some of them to compile a fitting reminder of the event for display.
Below is a Youtube clip of the day recorded by a Member, Thanks Vio – Much appreciated
2021 SMCC Sporting TT Ride
What a perfect way to end 2021, Fantastic turnout by members, perfect weather, an amazing range of bikes. and all completed the ride to Moriac and returned to the Club rooms (65.8km) for Bot’s BBQ, We are all looking forward to next year as the club enters its 90th year. Well done everyone, Pat
Monday Red Plate Ride 08-11-21
Great ride today, out through the paddocks of Ceres then down through Freshwater creek towards Torquay and cross to Barwon Heads & Ocean Grove, finishing up at the Flying Brick Cider Co in Wallington, 8 bikes & 1 car, Approx 90km round trip, wide variety of machines, Come along next Monday, all welcome.
A story relating to Portarlington Nov. 1949 – Allan Wembridge
By now I had a 1948AJS, Mum complained Motorbike racing was dangerous, I disagreed and convinced her to come to Portarlington, I sat her on a hill right opposite the pits, all went well until the 350cc race, Aleck Smith on his Jap (using some vicious fuel) fell of right in front of the pits, the Jap caught fire with lots of smoke! Aleck had his leg caught, Alf Berry ran out to help just as Phil Williams came round and in the smoke Phil ran into Alf and broke his leg!, Aleck was unhurt, no Ambulance in those days, one of the boys had to ride into Portarlington and get one, Mum never went to any more races, strangely some days later she said to me “Racing is not as dangerous as I thought”
Sunday 10th of October – Grenville Dirt ride – Mark Gross & Phil Nelson
A great day had by all, about twenty members rode with a big range of bikes, from very old to very new. Thanks Mark & Phil for a very well organised day.