10th - 13th March 2023
The excitement was building and after a hectic few years of Covid and floods, the weekend was now on!
Top marks for LCoA committee member Sean Heffernan for pulling it off and serving up not only a top venue and event, but also a top bit of tucker!
We hit the campsite around 3.30pm on the Friday after a fairly short ride from Sydney (in comparison to many) but first we stopped off to check how the beer tasted this side of Sydney and met fellow scooterists at the Wisemans Inn; all seemed well, so had another.
Then across on the ferry and we checked in to the Del Rio campground. Bags were dumped and we headed to the ‘Ski Lodge’ a big hut with a decent kitchen, plenty of seats and a boat ramp right through the middle of it. This was to be the HQ for the weekend, many laughs and meals were served up here.
The blue smoke was building and the tuneful rattle of 2 stokes was ringing as more arrived and the other residents could sense something big was happening, the Jambo had begun…
First night was some essential lubrication and then up turned Mr Paella, with a chicken or veggie option cooked on the big paella pans, the aroma was filling the HQ, and was a superb rally meal.
The scoots sat happy outside and being far away from the rest of the campsite down a longish riverside lane, we were happy to meet, greet, refresh, get the tunes going, get into the weekend and begin the big fat quiz, who won..., no idea, but we now know the air speed velocity of an unladen European swallow!
Thanks to Neville Cope for some Lammy-tastic questions in the first half too!
Next morning the bacon fest started, with alternative options to cater for various dietary and religious requirements, a perfect start to the day. The sun shone bright across the river, the wakeboarders and skiers zoomed past, and the scooters were ready for the Saturday ride out, an easy, shorter ride down some slightly sketchy road for the first half, but much improved on the second half, taking in a few more ferry trips, (this ferry lark was going to lose its appeal by the end of the weekend), but made for a great photo opportunity as the lady operator grabbed one of our cameras and ran up to the control room with it!
After the ride out was a little more refreshments, then time to play silly buggers and test our skills on the Gymkhana course set up by Sean and Sandy, there was laughter, greats skills, some spills and some downright grit and determination to get this course nailed!
We had winners and some couldn’t stop riding, but next up it was over to the Show n Shine for the big line up and the photo. 37 scoots were at the Show n Shine and what a fantastic sight to see them all; with the wonderful sun kissed hills and river as a backdrop.
The winners went like this:
- Best Series 1 - Leon Melis
- Best Series 2 - Mohammad
- Best Series 3 - Stephen Syms
- Best Custom - Christopher Maloney
- Best Rat - Jak
- Best In Show - Mark Ladyman
- Gymkhana Winner – Wan
Top marks to every scooter present, but these shone out and got the scores needed!
A little more fun, cold ones and general silliness and it was off to bed, a little later for some.
Sunday was a slower start and after more bacon and eggs on the BBQ, it was decision time, the longer planned ride was scrapped due to a pending rain cloud and many opted for the shorter ride, via a cool local custom car show where we took the scoots to display, then to the lovely Settlers Arms for lunch. Some had to head back home and some took it easy around the private pool, which became the Sunday evening location for the ‘remainers’ with another crack at the souvlaki cooked by the Barry’s and matched with tunes by Terry Barry, as the sun went down across the hills and water a bit more bunkum was spoken and a fairly sensibly bedtime before the Monday morning departure.
Not much to say other than it was pissing down, a few went to the café, while a few had more bacon!
But all had smiles!
Until next time comrades….