Aussie Triples Rally 2017

Jeff Skillen

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The 8th Aussie Triples Rally Report

This year's Rally ran from the 18th - 20th August and was again based at the beautiful seaside town of Evans Head, Northern NSW.

We had 42 entrants bring their Triumph Tridents and BSA Rocket 3's for three days of riding in perfect weather. Entrants came from as far as South Australia, the ACT and Queensland. Many rode large distances to the Rally while others trailered their bikes. Fridays short ride was south to Iluka Pub for a meal and a chat, as most riders only come together once a year at this Rally.

Saturday we headed off for a 220km ride, bypassing Lismore and enjoying the sights as we road through Nimbin. Following the fuel and wee stop at Kyogle we journeyed to Casino Public School for lunch and the bike judging. We had a variety of Triples including T150's T160's, Rocket 3's, Hurricanes and Specials. After lunch we headed back to Evans Head where some of our visitors crawled over the F1-11 at the Air Museum.

The presentation Dinner was held at the Evans Head Bowlo and included our annual charity auction of anything Triple. The Trident and Rocket 3 Owners Club in England sent Club Merchandise out for the event. Jeff from Re-engineered Concentrics & Burlen Ltd. UK, donated some very unique Trophies made from old Amal Carbs . We were also supported by North Coast Holiday Parks, Evans Head Bowlo & TMRA. All profits going to local Charities.

Sunday saw a few sore heads and fine weather, apart from the 35 knot winds. We lined the Triples and the Marshalls' bikes up in the Main St of Evans Head for a public display for 2 hours. This created a lot of interest with people travelling a long way to see them. Following this display we had a two hour ride returning to North Coast Holiday Park, Evans Head for a BBQ lunch, supplied by the park management, as a farewell to entrants and a thank you to the Marshalls from Northern Rivers Classic Motorcycle Club who once again did an amazing job of guiding us through our hinterland roads.

The preparation and presentation of these bikes is commendable, with the only breakdowns at the Rally being one puncture and 2 Rocket 3's with minor issues.

We are planning something special for next year as it will be the 50th anniversary of the Triple.

Col & Nancy

Aussie Triples Trophy Winners 2017

Best Triumph
Andrew Berg, Carrara QLD 1975 T160

Best BSA
John Mcrae, Dorrigo NSW 1972 Rocket 3

Best T160
Mike Drohan,Victoria Point QLD 1975 T160

Best Drum Braked Trident
Geoff Bert, Lawrence NSW 1972 T150

Best Disc Braked Trident
Danny Ryan, Cardiff NSW 1972 T150

Best Hurricane
Steve Cramp, Adelaide SA 1973 Hurricane

Best Rocket 3
David Jupe, Alstonville NSW 1969 R3

Best Special
Gary Woodcock, Joyner QLD 1975 T160 SOS

Best Other
Bryce Bath, Homebush QLD 1982 TSS

Longest Distance Ridden to Rally
Tim Tapsell, Janalli NSW T160 800kms

Longest Distance Travelled to Rally
Steve Cramp, Adelaide SA

Oldest Bike/Rider Combo
Lex Jepson, Ferny Hills QLD 1975 T160

Bad Luck Award
Bill Roberts, Lismore NSW 1969 R3 (went bang)

Most Unloved Bike
Warren Black, Burpengary QLD 1972 T150


more pics below