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Post  Chook on Fri 06 Nov 2015, 9:00 pm

December 13th,are any other SA members going?

Dancing Pillion and I haven't been since 2011 because of her dance commitments, it looks like she's got this year free so the Bandit will get to go on oit's 1st one.

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Other SA Toy Runs - 2016

Post  Chook on Fri 06 Nov 2015, 10:22 pm


  • Port Augusta - Saturday 5th December. Run leaves Pastoral Lawns at 10.00am. Ride Details

  • Port Pirie - Sunday 29th November. This is the 29th Annual Paul Gianoni Memorial Toy Run. Run leaves from the Port Pirie Regional Council offices at 9.00am, goes through Crystal Brook, Gladstone, Laura, Wirrabara, Port Germein and is anticipated to be about 3hrs. Destination is Flinders View Park, Ellen St, Port Pirie.

  • Roxby Downs Date TBA. Run goes from Roxby Downs to Andamooka.

  • Waikerie - Sunday 6th December. Departure location and time TBA, Destination is the Barmera Markets.

  • Renmark - Sunday 6th December. Departure location and time TBA, Destination is the Barmera Markets.
    Riverland Runs organised by the Ulysses Mallee Branch

  • Limestone Coast - Sat 5th December (1st Saturday in December). Multiple start points to Mt Gambier.
    - Naracoorte Shell Road House departing at 9.15am
    - Millicent Library Car Park departing at 9.15am
    - Mount Gambier, Lady Nelson departing at 9.15am
    All rides meet at Penola and depart at 10.30am. The ride then meets at the Mt Gambier Market Place for a parade ride to Valley Lake. Run organised by the Ulysses Mt Gambier Branch.

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Re: 37th MRA SA Toy Run - 2015

Post  Kiwisteve on Sun 08 Nov 2015, 10:51 am

I did the local toy run here a couple of years ago. It will be the last toy run that I do, as there were too many tools that cant ride in a large group lime that.

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Re: 37th MRA SA Toy Run - 2015

Post  Chook on Sun 08 Nov 2015, 11:19 am

The Adelaide run is a bit crowded from the Supercar track in Victoria Park to the start of the SE Freeway, after that it's 2 or 3 lanes of Freeway until the Callington turn off, the oval is only a few km from there. I used to prefer the old Glenelg start and the Woodside Finish, unfortunaly the run out grew the Bay and well and truely outgrew the road from Hahndorf to Woodside, I seem to recall one of the runs having 12000 bikes, Anzac Hwy/Cross Road to the freeway was a nightmare.

This was thaken in 2011, it's the only one I've done starting at Victoria Park, we were a lot closer to the front than the back, if anyone knows the Clipsal 500 circuit, the bikes were lined up from the start line, back around the hairpin then the lineup was longer than the main straight line up

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Re: 37th MRA SA Toy Run - 2015

Post  paul on Sun 08 Nov 2015, 1:31 pm

I may be going if its not my family xmas do day ..............do you know about the $5 entrance fee now ?

Have to agree , Woodside was great ...............Hahndorf was pretty good with plenty of places for a coffee & a stroll afterwards , but Callington the last time I went was a dust bowl & miles from anywhere . Ok while you were on the oval , but for a fund/ toy raiser/ social event ,the rest of the place left a lot to be desired .

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Re: 37th MRA SA Toy Run - 2015

Post  Chook on Sun 08 Nov 2015, 2:09 pm

@paul wrote:I may be going if its not my family xmas do day ..............do you know about the $5 entrance fee now ?

No I didn't, last time I went it was Gold Coin Donation, oh well, inflation has to hit everything eventually
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Re: 37th MRA SA Toy Run - 2015

Post  paul on Sun 08 Nov 2015, 5:28 pm

@Chook wrote:
@paul wrote:I may be going if its not my family xmas do day ..............do you know about the $5 entrance fee now ?

No I didn't, last time I went it was Gold Coin Donation, oh well, inflation has to hit everything eventually
They have a booth at clipsal track ( presumably if you can get near it ) to pre-buy tickets to save time at Callington apparently . they said last year cost $24,000 to stage the event & the gold coin donation wasn't covering it....................you would think 12,000 bikes a lot with with pillions would have come close , but maybe not enough donated & figured the toy was enough .

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Re: 37th MRA SA Toy Run - 2015

Post  Rick on Tue 10 Nov 2015, 8:44 pm

It used to be for the kids. A toy, a gold coin donation, feed and drink. The run is now all commercialized and can count me out. The good old days were Glenelg to Hahndorf. I see it will suffer from now on. My 2c

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Re: 37th MRA SA Toy Run - 2015

Post  paul on Tue 10 Nov 2015, 9:29 pm

@Rick wrote:It used to be for the kids. A toy, a gold coin donation, feed and drink. The run is now all commercialized and can count me out. The good old days were Glenelg to Hahndorf. I see it will suffer from now on. My 2c
It certainly isn't as good now ..........the trip up Anzac Hwy & Cross Rd lined with people& throwing ( gently of course LOL )lollies to the kids all added to the day & atmosphere .................now you're on the freeway before you know it .

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Re: 37th MRA SA Toy Run - 2015

Post  Chook on Sat 12 Dec 2015, 4:58 pm

@paul wrote:I may be going if its not my family xmas do day ..............do you know about the $5 entrance fee now ?
 Paul, if you do make it, Kaylah and I aren't going into Victoria Park, we're meeting up with a mate and his brother inlaw at the OTR just before the Old Tollgate



@paul wrote: but Callington the last time I went was a dust bowl & miles from anywhere . 

That's why I've made bugger all effort to get the bike super clean & shiny, last time I did it on the VX it was filthy by the time I left Callington
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Re: 37th MRA SA Toy Run - 2015

Post  paul on Sat 12 Dec 2015, 6:09 pm

@Chook wrote:
@paul wrote:I may be going if its not my family xmas do day ..............do you know about the $5 entrance fee now ?
 Paul, if you do make it, Kaylah and I aren't going into Victoria Park, we're meeting up with a mate and his brother inlaw at the OTR just before the Old Tollgate



@paul wrote: but Callington the last time I went was a dust bowl & miles from anywhere . 

That's why I've made bugger all effort to get the bike super clean & shiny, last time I did it on the VX it was filthy by the time I left Callington
Family stuff happening mate .................enjoy the day .

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Re: 37th MRA SA Toy Run - 2015

Post  Chook on Mon 14 Dec 2015, 7:12 am

It was a prefect day for the run,  we were joined by a mate on his old Vulcan and his brother inlaw rode down from the farm on his tractor (2015 V Rod) to join us as well

Amongst the thousands of riders, only 1 or 2 idiots (Kaylah and I nearly had one ride into the back of us while we were doing about 60-70 kmh as he weaved his way through bikes 4 wide on a 2 lane freeway Evil or Very Mad  )

Here's a couple of pic's, I've got one coming later of the Callington oval full of bike

The route - we skipped the chaos at the start in the Victoria Park section of the Clipsal 500 track and began from the red dot (Hungry Jacks for breakfast)






Parked directly in front of me was a Grey GSF1250S, a few bikes along a Blue GSF1250S, directly across from that a Red one and about 20 bikes along the row, a Grey GSF1250, guess who forgot his SBA calling cards  Rolling Eyes
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Re: 37th MRA SA Toy Run - 2015

Post  Ewok1958 on Mon 14 Dec 2015, 8:25 am

Good turnout. santa rendeer
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Post  Chook on Mon 14 Dec 2015, 10:13 am

@Ewok1958 wrote:Good turnout. santa rendeer
I haven't heard any official figures/estimates but I'd be surprised if it was less than 6 or 7000
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Re: 37th MRA SA Toy Run - 2015

Post  paul on Mon 14 Dec 2015, 6:07 pm

The numbers are down on a few years ago , but it was a top day weather wise for it  Very Happy

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Re: 37th MRA SA Toy Run - 2015

Post  Chook on Mon 14 Dec 2015, 6:11 pm

@paul wrote:The numbers are down on a few years ago , but it was a top day weather wise for it  Very Happy
I can remember going to one at either Woodside or Hahndorf that reportadly had approx 12000 bikes there


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Post  paul on Mon 14 Dec 2015, 6:23 pm

@Chook wrote:
@paul wrote:The numbers are down on a few years ago , but it was a top day weather wise for it  Very Happy
I can remember going to one at either Woodside or Hahndorf that reportadly had approx 1200 bikes there
Yep  Hahndorf  They filled the top oval , around the bottom oval , 1/2 of  Hahndorf &were even parking on the farmers property opposite the oval which he opened up for us ..................must have been a lot of business for the town that day , lots of people also used the towns shops for a coffee etc . ..........part of the problem with Callington , if it's stinking hot or raining , there is no-where to go  .

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Re: 37th MRA SA Toy Run - 2015

Post  xpalan on Mon 14 Dec 2015, 7:49 pm

Hello people I went with my wife ( things we do ) only to endure a stinking hot day . And then ride onto a speedway track to get into the oval. Saw bugger all kids - My 2c cents worth
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