South West Scooter Clubs Oz Day Rally 2019 | RALLERY
I have just returned from the 2019 Oz Day Rally which was jointly organised by our own Andy Greenslade of The South West Scooter Club Alliance and a group of like-minded Aussie scooterists. This collaboration was two years in the making and was an incredible undertaking. What started out as ‘just’ a rally in the Aussie city of Adelaide grew into a rally and tour of the Southern Continent and a series of rallies and events across Australia.
I have to say well done to Andy and all the guys and gals who helped make this epic event so legendary. Andy and the SWSCA had in the past organised joint USA rallies, in Vegas, Florida and one in Miami and these were great fun but Oz was a whole new ball game. My wife’s family live in Perth in Australia so I had been before and I was keen to explore the rest of the country and in the company of like-minded Scooterists it was just a win, win.
About 100 Brits and Americans made the trip in all and whilst everyone did the Adelaide rally, due to work commitments etc. probably only thirty odd made the entire tour. Naturally as well as Andy and Ness, Stuart Lanning and Michaela, there were a hardcore of South West Scooterists from various clubs as well as contingents from all over England and Scotland. Some flew into Adelaide, like my wife, via Perth and spent some time there where there is also a vibrant scooter scene. Others opted to spend a few days in Singapore first, but most arrived in Adelaide by Thursday the 24th of January.
Adelaide was boiling hot with temperatures exceeding 46 degrees on the Friday. It’s a very friendly modern and clean city. The city centre is basically a square design with all the streets laid out on a grid pattern and as it’s only a couple of miles across so it was easy to find your way about. Most Brits and visiting Aussie Scooterists, as well as at least four Americans, stayed in two hotels which were side by side on the south side of the city. A few hundred yards away there was a tramline which was free to use inside the city and could take you straight out to the beach at nearby Glenelg.
Due to currency fluctuations, it was about 8 dollars for a beer and that was a schooner as the Aussies call it, which is about ¾ of a pint, though in some places they had happy hours. This equates to about £5 a pint and most pubs could do you a meal i.e. steak and chips for about 10 dollars.
Has anybody seen Steve?
Both hotels were filling up with Brits by Thursday and also Aussie Scooterist contingents from Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Darwin and other places. Many of these included expats, some of whom I knew and many of these were called Steve (it’s true!) and many more were ‘natural’ Aussies who were so friendly and helpful it was great.
On Thursday night there was a meet and greet arranged at the Astor Hotel which was about a five minutes walk from our hotel. Andy, Ness and Buster had laid out the welcome packs upstairs, they came in the largest SIP bags I have ever seen, you could have got a PX engine in one. These contained your wristbands, T-shirts (if you ordered one), the rally programme, patches, stickers and other goodies. The Astor was a great venue and did an extended happy hour for 6 dollars for a schooner of beer or really nice cider. There was lots of hugging as people caught up with old mates they hadn’t seen over the winter, or some expats met up with old friends. This went on till about midnight and a few of us found another bar just down the road that stayed open to the wee small hours and I don’t remember going to bed that night.