THE Griffith Classic Motorcycle Club hosted their 31st Anzac rally over the weekend to the delight of motorcycle enthusiasts across the country.
Organiser Ken Reid said the weekend had been perfect, attracting riders all the way from South Australia and Victoria.
“We get people coming from all over and I think it’s because motorcycles are so popular just the freedom you get riding a bike, it’s so different to being in a car,” he said.
“The camaraderie is great as well, some people have been coming back for years because of it – and because we give them the channel water to drink.”
Friends Dougie Anton and Peter Conlan met at a motorcycle rally in Albury and have been friends ever since, enjoying the opportunity to catch up each Anzac rally.
Mr Anton, from Mirbaa in Gippsland, said he had attended every year for nearly 10 years and was happy to do so because of the great company.
“It’s because of the people that are here, they’re wonderful,” he said.
No stranger to the camaraderie of the club is Ginge Davies, one of it’s founding members. The 90-year-old, who is still riding his four motorcycles, unfortunately had to sit out this year’s rally due to injury but said it was a weekend he wouldn't miss regardless.
“They can’t keep me away and it’s been perfect – you couldn’t have got better weather,” he said.
Club president Craig Camm said he was happy with the success of the weekend which spanned two days of riding and a presentation dinner.
“We’ve just had a fabulous weekend, we had 147 entries with bikes ranging from 1915 to the modern era,” he said.
The club held it’s first Anzac rally in 1986 and today has an average of 150 entrants each year.
Mr Reid said it had taken months to organise. “We started to get ready in December and I feel very relieved it’s all over and that it went well. The two says were spent riding around the area, and I think the bikes would have done about 350 kilometres. It was perfect yesterday and it was perfect again today.”