Boorowa once called “Burrowa” , said to be named after the aboriginal word for the Australia Bustard or “ plains turkey”, is a farming town in the Hilltops Region on the South West Slopes of New South Wales approximately 340kms from Sydney.The town has a strong Irish farming background and produces wine, wool and canola.
The Winter Rally was held at the Boorowa Hotel, where the publican Mike was very hospitable and excited that we had chosen to have the rally at his establishment. He went to great lengths to make our stay enjoyable and nothing was too much trouble for him or his staff. A quaint pub that has many posters and quotes adorning the walls, has a restaurant serving great food and has its own café offering a hearty breakfast menu.
Mark and Jane – Bullet 500 EFI
Ken and Helen – Honda CL250
Roger and Narelle – Harley Road King Outfit
Peter and Johanne – BMW 1200 GS
John and Viv – Morris Major Elite
Bruce and Cynthia – Continental GT 535
Ian and Bev – Interceptor 650
Craig and Jenny – Interceptor 650
Kevin and Mel- Continental GT 535
Bruce Butler – Bullet Trials Works Replica 500
Wes and Julie – 2 x Classic 500 EFI
Boris and Jody – Harley Softail Springer
Paul Selwood – Himalayan
Richard Shannon – Mk3 Norton Commando 850
Jim Pennington – Himalayan
Geoff Richards – Bullet 500
27 people and 16 Bikes, 11 Enfields and 5 Non-Enfields
During the judging at the Chinese Tribute Gardens, Roger took both Jody and Boris for a spin in the “Monster” Road King Outfit as they had never been in a side-car before.
The meet and greet was followed by dinner on Friday Night where the Pub put on a guitarist to create some ambiance.
The food was fantastic with an extensive menu providing many choices for you to explore further the following night.
The Rally’s Saturday ride took us along country lanes and through lush green pastures with patchwork yellow canola fields and sheep paddocks on our way to Young via Binalong and Harden.
We stopped just out of Young where the bikes were lined up for judging.at the Lambing Flat Chinese Tribute Gardens located in the Chinaman’s Dam Reserve.
The development of the gardens began in 1992 and was established to recognise the contribution of the Chinese community to the settlement of Young in the 1860s, and to the ongoing contributions of the Chinese community to Australia as a Nation.
Leaving Young we headed north towards Cowra and then turned off the Olympic Hwy and followed a country road along a valley to Murringo and then on to Boorowa.
After a bit of a relax people assembled for pre-dinner drinks and once everyone arrived we commenced the presentation.
The trophies were complemented with a bottle of red wine courtesy of Mike the Publican.
Best Enfield – Mark Reynolds – Bullet 500 EFI
Worst Enfield – Paul Selwood – Himalayan (Just because it was dirty)
Best Non Enfield – Richard Shannon – Mk3 Norton Commando 850
Longest Distance Travelled – Paul Selwood – 438.8 KMS via Wombeyan Caves Road
Ian Lyons received a Life Membership Nomination for longstanding membership and unswerving dedication to the Club and the Marque which the publican graciously complimented with a gift wrapped six-pack of Reschs Pilsener Silver Bullets
Sir Bruce Walker recalled the first Royal Enfield Club trip that he and Ian went on.
The Winter Rally was an terrific success this year, having a great location, nice weather and good company it was only marred by the fact that members from other states could not attend.
Thanks to Mark and Jayne for organising it.
Thanks to Narelle and Jenny for the photo contributions.
Thanks to Mike and Young Ward and the Boorowa Hotel Staff for their hospitality
Craig Katen – Vice President – Royal Enfield Club of Australia Inc.
On Sunday morning before we left for home we spent some time looking around the Town
There is a courthouse and a few churches near by the pub and one had its own pet sheep which when you approach the fence comes running for a pat.