June 8, 2021

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GOOD COMPANIONS RALLY 2021 – EOI and INFORMATION:

UPDATE: Unfortunately the day after the EOI was sent out the Linaker Hotel was sold. The new owners are still holding the whole place for us. Please contact either Fay or David on 0429 333 274 to make your booking.

Start getting ready for the 2021 VOCA GCR rally in Beechworth, Victoria.
Arrive Sun 17 Oct 2021 and head back home Sun 24 Oct 2021.

Expressions of interest will be sent out the last week of March 2021 and the Rally will be subject to the covid regulations in force for October 21. The EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FORM is available by clicking HERE.


COVID-19 implications to our rally

This rally will be subject to Victorian Government DHHS COVID-19 rules at the time of event, or at the time of organisation decision points. At this point the rally is limited to 150 people based on capacity of the dining hall under current COVID restrictions. 

We will reply to your EOI to confirm you are in the rally, and that you should proceed with accommodation bookings.


The Rally will be based in Beechworth at the George Kerferd Hotel. The George Kerferd is located in the grounds of the old Mayday Hills Mental Asylum.  (Some say “how apt!”)

Rides are organised and marshalled as needed for each day, and the rally will include afree day on Wednesday to visit local attractions such as Goal, Shops, Wineries, and Breweries. A bus will be provided each day for those not riding. Seats on the bus will be prepaid with the final Rally Entry fee. The bus will also be available to carry back any food and drink purchases made on the rides.

George Kerferd Hotel

The George Kerferd consists of two accommodation options, one at the hotel itself, the second at the old nurse’s quarters called the ‘Linaker’. The Rally has booked the entire venue for the week, but as capacity is limited and some like to camp, we have also arrange additional space at the Armour Motor Inn, and the Lake SambellCaravan Park.

Once you have received EOI confirmation, you can book directly with those venues at any time, keeping in mind availability. 

For all Accommodation options, you must call or Email quoting you are from the Velocette Owner Motorcycle club. Do not try to book online as they will appear booked out. This is to ensure we have first dibs at the accommodation venues for these dates.


Deposit
A deposit of $50 per entrant is required to secure an entry into the rally. Please note that the Expression of Interest deposit is not refundable for normal cancellations, but will be fully refundable in cases of State or Federal Governments COVID-19 restrictions on travel, or to hold events. 

Method of Payment
Please pay by either cheque, made out to Velocette Owners Club,
returned with the completed EOI form,

or
Bank Transfer to 
BSB 633-000
Account 181079914

Ensure you include your Club Membership number and surname to enable us to identify your payment.
Mystery payments will be spent on Rally Committee alcohol needs.
Please make payment and complete the EOI (first page) and return to Organisers by May 7th 2021.


Accommodation Options

The George Kerferd/Linaker (Rally Headquarters)

03 5728 2618
email: team@gkhotel.com.au

52 rooms of varying configurations from double/queens to King, and share opportunities in the Linaker. We recommend you review via their website and ring to discuss with them.

The Linaker is 100 metres or so walk to the George where the evening meals and meetings will happen. There is ample room for parking of cars and trailers.


Armour Inn Hotel

03 5728 1466
email: info@armourmotorinn.com.au

20 rooms from queen to queens plus single beds, located near the centre of town, but a short drive or a 15 min walk to the George Kerferd.


Lake Sambell Caravan Park

03 5728 1421
email: contact@caravanparkbeechworth.com.au

Local camp ground with cabins, caravan and camp sites on the banks of Lake Sambell, but a short drive or a 15min walk to the George Kerferd.


We are looking forward to seeing you at the rally at Beechworth.

Thank you, John Killingsworth and Russell Arnold
On behalf of Rally Committee

The rally committee can be contacted by email at velorally2021@gmail.com or conatct John Killingsworth 0409 841 368.



Velocette oval belt buckles

Price includes p&p in Australia. Originally purchased for WA 2020 rally.
Price:$ 38
Contact Bob whittaker
Phone:0492 874 084


HEDLEY COX INTERVIEW

Courtesy of our Membership Secretary Arthur Harvey, who was sent this for us to use by Corey.
Dear Arthur;  Attached is a video you might be interested in and show to members. It was made by Corey Levenson, who lives near me

It’s flattering to me, I guess. Still —-Best wishes, Hedley Cox.


VOCA GOOD COMPANIONS RALLY 2019 photos


Keith & Colleen Canning and Paul Barfoot


The 2019 VOCA Hahndorf GC Rally Awards were as follows:

Bertie Goodman Award: Graham Colliver;
Velo Fellow Award: Arthur Harvey;
Mellow Velo Fellow Award, presented by Gil Loe on behalf of VOCNA: Gary Gibson;
Sid Willis Trophy: Max Mardardy 1949 MAC loaned to Irene Gartner from Germany;
Roley Walker Trophy: Ian Denholm 1964 Scrambler;
Les Diener Trophy: Robert Drysdale 1957 Valiant;
Cammy Trophy: Ian Elliott KSS;
Ted Carey Shield: Stuart & Marsha Hooper 1959 Venom;
Keith Howard Award: Gary Gibson 1938 MSS;
ACU Gold Star: Sean Evans 1961 BSA Gold Star;
Keith Hamilton Award: Garrett Lovell 1948 MAC.

Congratulations to all these worthy winners


From George Cresswell showing his Mac in action down in Antarctica. Bill Kellas is on the Velo pulling me on the skis. Thanks for sending it in George – still amazes me every time I see something about this remarkable episode in Velo history – Mick T

Get your 2020 VOCA (the Velocette Owners’ Club of Australia) membership forms here…NOTE CHANGE TO RENEWAL FEE..


FOR WA MEMBERS – IMPROMPTU RIDE FORM    Editable PDF format    Word Doc format

The code 404 for bikes on concession allows for impromptu one off runs providing its recorded.

If the member/members complete the attached and email to veloman@velocette.org.au he will keep a record and you are covered.

It means you can just go for a ride and not have a licence issue. Please send it to him at least one hour before the ride commences.


MEMBERS MACHINE DATABASE FORM

The club has a Database form page for VOCA members to submit details on their machines, it is one of the menu item at the top of the page. All details will remain private and for club officials use ONLY.
Hopefully one day we can produce a modest booklet or similar so the history etc of our machines is captured and not lost over time.
The committee decided to have it made available on this VOCA website where everyone can fill it out and return it to Dominic Brown so he can create the database – once completed click on the “SUBMIT” button

Of course all details are strictly general in nature and no identification of the location of the machines is being requested other than which state it is located in.


GOOD COMPANIONS RALLY – WHERE IT ALL STARED

Here are three copies of 1983 club newsletters, showing the before/ during/after writeups of the first NSW rally’s, which eventually morphed into what we all know and love as the Velocette Owners’ Club of Australia’s “Good Companions Rally”.
(Thanks go to Paul Barfoot for sending me the copies)

Velo news June 1983

Velo news Aug 1983

Velo news Oct 1983