WE WERE meeting at Canungra, a sleepy little town south of Brisbane, which has a top pub where you can guarantee you will get to see many bikes pulled up in front of, no matter what day of the week. A favourite place of mine and I could not wait to get there again. The bikes riding into Canungra looked pretty awesome. The locals must have wondered what all the noise was about with the all the bikes riding into their quiet little town.
With my mud map in hand, we took off to another top place at Beenleigh. Yes, another local watering hole called the Shearers Arms Tavern.
By now everyone was content to sit around and have a chat. Some girls were raffling off a bottle of Jack Daniel’s, and we all looked at bikes and found folks we knew to have a chat to. Don’t get too settled, I say, near time to go again. The carpark was chock-a-block with bikes and it took a few minutes to get everyone on the saddle and going again. There were also a few nice hotrods on the ride.
I needed an escort to get to my next stop, but going down the M1, hundreds of bikes turned up in my rear vision mirror. So then I got to follow the pack and we ended up at another club just short of Nerang on the coast.
We took a few photos of a group from the American & British Gold Coast, and lots of others who wanted to get in a photo for the mag. Well, that’s what I’m here for.
Soon we were off again. Graeme, Director of the Club, chose a good place for that—the Mudgeeraba Golf Club. So many bikes; not enough room to get all the bikes in the carpark.
Then it was time to eat, have a coldie, and give all the awards for the Best Poker Hand, the Top Bike and so on. The trophies were really good, and there was a fantastic Triumph decked out with a big blower. The guy from the Black Uhlans was smiling when he won one of the prizes. Yes, I was truly impressed with this bike.
We had a late lunch and thanks to the staff it was really good.
There was a little boy, Jack Lenehan, on the run with a rare muscular disease. A bike had been donated by Saunders Asphalt and Excavation; the paint work and air brushing was done by Peter Rudd. Thanks to Snout, one of the members from Geelong, who acted as an auctioneer, little Jack ended up with $500 to help him on his journey in his life. Goes to show there is a lot of help out there for children these days. Jack sat on the bike and did not want to get off.
Must mention the great girl riders on the run who got me a drink; thanks.
I was told we had 265 bikes on the day—good on you guys—I have to say the High Rollers Run stood out on my journeys this year doing photos for Ozbike.
The poker run ran late into the arvo, and all had such a good time. Thanks to all the guys from the American & British for a great day, and thanks again to Graeme for looking after me and making my job easy to bring these pics to you. Vroom!
Words & pics by Jules @ Top Gun