The Australian Motoretta Giro 2016

The Lambretta Club of Australia are the organizers of this unique, and now nationally known, event for classic scooters.

The idea evolved from an annual ride put on by The Brisbane Lambretta Club, whose members did laps around Mt. Coot-tha before their first monthly meeting of the year. Although club tradition dictated an annual Tuesday evening ride, the event was moved this year to Sunday, 31st January.

The Moto Giro has been expanded to include any classic scooter under 250cc to compete in this timed road event. According to accepted convention, if the vehicle’s basic design is more than 30 years old it qualifies as a classic.

The goal is to ride four laps of a set course, and get the most consistent lap times. The rider with the closest times is the winner.

Speeding and erratic riding will disadvantage riders, so the best tip that can be offered is to set a pace slow enough to allow for safe negotiation around traffic and other hazards during the event.

A complete list of the rules is available at the event webpage:

My personal favorite is Rule 5: The Giro is meant to be fun.

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Western Australia’s event was arranged by Max Box (Lambretta Club of Australia President) from the Paradise Lost Scooter Club.

The course set in the Perth hills . After meeting at the Bitumen Car Park on Lacelles Parade, riders file down the infamous Zig Zag, followed by a bit of flat riding, then return up the very steep and winding Gooseberry Hill Road.

This year, as one would expect with any event on public roads, additional challenges outside the riders control included ordinary traffic and other fluid situations.

Highlights included a plumber losing a load of poly pipe from his ute on the road; a mini bus driver who managed to ground his bus trying to get up a steep driveway (while blocking the road); lots of slow Sunday drivers and a kangaroo!

Times were accordingly impacted and a captain’s call was required to decide a winner. Eddie Lindsell, representing Western Australia, took the prize with 8 seconds between laps. Max Box reported that, “All said and done, it was great fun and I’m glad we got it off the ground in WA everyone had a ball.”

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The Victorian event was held on a circular route between Nutfield and Cottles Bridge, 30 km north-east of Melbourne’s Central Business District.

The route, set by Michael King, was a 13 km route broken into 60 km/hr, 80 km/hr and 100 km/hr sections, studded with three left-hand turns; a single-lane bridge; ups, downs and twisties. Despite dire weather predictions, the event went ahead with its planned start at 2 pm at the control point set up near the bridge. The winner was Goetz Neugebauer,(Operations Manager at Vespa House Scooter shop) with an average variation per lap of a tiny 3.25 seconds.

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The New South Wales event was just on 10 kms per lap, no lights &amp, plus a u-turn. The NSW winner was Nick Whiting with an average inter-lap variation of 2.4233.

Adelaide’s results are as follows:

Michael S .66 secs.
Nick Townsend 6 secs
Declan McGhee 8.66 secs
Peter Daniels 8.66 secs
Jock Mcgrath 9 secs
Jerry Gresham 10 secs
Chris hodge 18 secs

The Australian Capital Territory’s original course was set at a 1200 m altitude, which seemed like an uncertain choice to organizers on the event day due to weather. A last-minute decision moved the course to an urban wet- weather route, with 12 junctions to negotiate.

As with the aforementioned events, conditions beyond riders’ control played a part. Competitor Chris Johnson narrowly avoided a major collision with a driver who pulled out in front of him twice!

The Canberra winner was Dennis Greenwood with a total variance of 1 minute 39 (or 25) seconds per lap.

The Queensland event was set by the event founder and Lambretta Club of Australia Vice President, Ian Brill,
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at Mt. Cotton to the South of Brisbane. Originally planned as a circuit, the route was altered, due to road construction, to a 12 km route on windy West Mount Cotton Road divided into 60 km/h and 80 km/h sections.

Rain added an extra element of uncertainty as participants arrived, leading up to the start of the event. Not long before the first rider departed, however, the rain lifted and the sun came out and stayed out for the remainder of the day. Sunday drivers; inexperienced 4WD’s attempting a recovery and curious locals added plenty of challenges to the route.

The overall winner for Queensland was Scott (Scoot ER) from Scooter Style Noosa

Planning is already under way for something special in 2017, so riders are advised to wait for the announcement at the upcoming LCoA Lambretta Jamboree in Canberra.

A few time sheets have posted, but the committee are keeping their cards close to their chest until the planned announcement of the “National Winner” trophy for this year’s Motoretta Giro at the Australian National Classic Scooter Rally in October.

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