"Velocette Motor Cycle Club"

"2 Day Motor Cycle Road Reliability Trial"


The Velocette Motor Cycle Club conducted it's 33rd Annual 2 Day Motor Cycle Road Reliability Trail on Saturday, 9th June 2007 and Sunday, 10th June 2007 in the Robertstown area.

The club changed the format to this years event. It is part of the SA Star Awards and riders gain points from this event and others and at the end of the year, the rider with the most points wins the award.

The event used to be run as a 2 day event and they changed it to 2 one day events, with the view of attracting more riders so that to gain points for the Star Awards they had 2 ride both days. There was also provision for riders to ride 1 day only.

Entries consisted of:

Expert Class

Clubman Class

Rally Class

Greybeard Class

Solos = 11

Sidecars = 5

Solos = 62

Sidecars = 2

Solos = 3

No class run

No class run

Sidecars = 2

Total Entries for 2007 = 85 Total Entries for 2006 = 70

The event commenced at the Robertstown Oval, being the Main Control on Saturday at 1:00 PM and completed at 8:30 PM and again commenced on the Sunday at 9:00 AM and finishing at 4:30 PM, which included 7 local riders.

There were a total of 14 Controls and this year they were named rather than be referred to by their control number. 

Velocette Club Officials: L-R: Steve, (Course Marker) Neil Russack (Machine Examiner) Neil Graetz, (Course Marker)

Spectators at the Event, L-R: Roger, Ruby, Allison, William & Henry Schutz

The course used was 105 kilometres per lap and had to be negotiated with 2 laps each day, with 1 lap ridden at night on the Saturday and 2 daytime laps on Sunday.

Local Rider No 63, Josh Schutz with his girlfriend Caroline lined up ready to leave Main Control

Local Rider No. 64, Jake Schutz (Brother of Josh) lined up ready to leave Main Control

Local Rider No. 66, Bradley Hintz lined up ready to leave Main Control

Local Rider No. 67, Shane Schutz lined up ready to leave Main Control

Local Rider No. 68, Colin Jenke lined up ready to leave Main Control

Local Rider No. 75, Scott Schaefer lined up ready to leave Main Control

 The conditions ideal for the event and most riders enjoyed all sections.

The popular creek section in John Neal's and almond grove in Geoff Moseys was used again and the Powerline section that has not been used for many years was re-included. A small new section was added to the Springhut Creek section and a new section called Misery Creek was included.
Photos were taken at the bottom of the Powerline Section:

Rider No. 91 - Richard Kllesch

Rider No. 93 - Tim Siebert

Rider No. 95 - Craig Taylor

Rider No. 96 - TBA

Rider No. 99 - Greg Cunningham

Sweep Rider - Last on the course to check that there are no riders left behind

Sweep Rider - Last on the course to check that there are no riders left behind

Catering was once again done by the members of the Robertstown Football and Netball clubs and they were kept busy for most of the event. 

This weekend is always a busy weekend for the Football Club, as they always conduct their "Annual Dinner Dance" on the Friday night before the Reliability Trial. The weekend is a good means of raising funds for them.

The organisers for the event spent many hours over the past months marking out the course.
Radio communications were conducted by the Australian Citizens Radio Monitors SA Inc (ACRM) who specialise in doing this type of event, with radios at ALL controls and also in the St John, SA Ambulance, Course Controllers and Rescue mobile vehicles.
Ambulance and First Aid Service was supplied to cover the event as per the following:
A Paramedic Ambulance Officer was present to assist the Volunteer Ambulance Officer's from the Eudunda Station
The Eudunda Ambulance crewed by Volunteer Ambulance Officers from the Eudunda Station
The St John Ambulance (Operations Branch) crewed several 4 Wheel Drive First Aid Unit with personnel on board each unit
Located at Main Control was a First Aid Caravan attended by First Aid Personnel to treat any one who may become sick or injured
Some assistance is supplied every year by several dedicated member of the other Ambulance Stations and Divisions of St John.

There is always Communications, Timing & Control Keepers which play an important part of the event and these tasks are carried out by numerous persons who usually specialise in this field.


Phil & Chris Richards at Main Control

Computer Screen used to track riders & proceedings at Main Control

Dick at the Burra Out Control

Control Keepers:

Main Control Keepers, Ray Robertson (Standing) Daph Robertson (Sitting) & Les Waye (Observing)

Burra Out Control

Main Control Out

Timing Officials

Timing Officials at Powerline Out Control: Front: Paul Knifton & Wes Haydon with Steve Jarvis (Control Keeper - Background)



Timing Officials at Powerline Out Control: L - R: Ted Redway & Paul Knifton with Steve Jarvis (Control Keeper)

In the pits at Main Control, there is always family & friends of the riders who take great interest to see how their favourite rider is progressing, but no one is allowed to assist any of the riders.

Family & Friends of the Schutz's

Family & Friends of Scott Schaefer & Nathan Saegenschnitter

Family & Friends of the Schutz Riders L-R: Lester Launer, Malcolm Schutz & Caroline

Rider No. 38, Darren Bridgland & his Father

For the first time, results have been published, thanks to Paul Knifton who has made them available.

Some of the Local Riders finished very well and were positioned within the top 3.

They were:

Colin Jenke - Saturday 3rd in Class D
Jake Schutz - Saturday 3rd in Class E
Colin Jenke - Sunday 3rd in Class D
Josh Schutz - Sunday 3rd in Class E
Shane Schutz - Sunday - 2nd in Class G
Jake Schutz - Saturday 4th in Class E
Saturday - Outright

Sunday - Outright

Saturday - Class

Sunday - Class

Overall, the event proved to be very successful with no complaints from any of the riders and most riders really enjoyed participating in the event, except for those who had an accident or bike failure.

There were no major injuries to any competitors.

The Robertstown 2 Day Trial is approximately 1 month before the "World Unique Event" of Motor Cycle Trials Riding, and that is the "24 Hour Motorcycle Trial".

Peter Herrimann from Eudunda, will be once again doing  a very extensive Web Site on this years Event & if you are a Motor Cycle Trials Enthusiast, it is well worthwhile having a look at. 

It has lots of News, Information & Photos.

24 Hour Trial

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