With the successful Tasmania national rally now behind us and to avoid the fear and loathing of returning to normal nothingness, we’ve launched ANCSR 2023. This’ll be the third national hosted in WA.
This time we’re not straying too far from the capital, but far enough for a different rally experience. Focus is on the riding, diverse venues and quality events. Weather in November (late spring) will be brilliant for riding – expect blue skies, winding roads, valleys and troughs and endless colour as the Swan Valley comes alive at that time of year. (Those with hay fever may want to keep their visors down).
The Australian National Classic Scooter Rally is a celebration of classic geared scooters and their riders. The first truly national scooter rally was held in Barossa, SA (2009) and since then clubs have come together from all over Australia to Daylesford, Vic (2010), Fremantle, WA (2011), Goldcoast, Qld (2012), Sydney, NSW (2013), Victor Harbor, SA (2014), Phillip Island, Vic (2015), Bunbury, WA (2016), Brisbane, Qld (2017), Byron Bay, NSW (2018), Goolwa, SA (2019) and Tasmania (2022).
International visitors are always warmly received. ANCSR 2023 will be co-hosted by the Paradise Lost SC and the Lambretta Club of Australia - organised by scooterists for scooterists.
Guildford / Swan Valley
Located 10 minutes from the airport and 20 minutes from the city, Guildford sits at the edge of Western Australia's oldest wine region, the Swan Valley. Guildford is easily accessible from the airport and city via Perth's train network. Guildford train station is a mere 100m from Thursday, Friday and Saturday night venues and 500m from Sunday's.
Guildford exudes colonial charm dating back to 1829, featuring rare 19th century architecture and a rich colonial history. (It’s rare because anything old in Perth got flattened from the 60s onwards to make way for things like freeways or office towers.)
For accommodation you can choose from bed and breakfasts, self-contained cottages, motels, caravan parks, the luxury of a beautifully restored 19th century hotel or someone’s bed sit on AirBnB.
Guildford is the commercial hub of the Swan Valley region, home to wineries, breweries, cideries, distilleries, gourmet artisan goods, handcrafted wares, bustling markets, vibrant studios, and top-notch food for all palates. You’re going to go home fatter (and possibly with a mildly complaining liver).
For our ES friends
We know it’s expensive to visit the other side of the country on a rally but life’s short, so feck it - have an adventure and create memories that'll always be with you. We’ve set the rally date later in the year so the weather will be brill and not being on a long weekend the flights, accommodation and freight should be cheaper. There'll be back up vans for the fallen so you won’t be billy no mates or wolf creek roadside for the full duration of the rally. We used Mainfreight as our carriers for the Tasmanian rally (transported Perth-Geelong-Perth) so give them a go for a quote. Help's available unloading/loading or getting to and from freight yards etc. Shout out if we can help at firstname.lastname@example.org
Events at a glance
Thursday 2 NOV meet & greet
First night of the national is at the Stirling Arms, Guildford in the 1852 bar. Come to collect your rally pack, see old friends and make new ones. From 7:00 onwards. Micky Finn is spinning vinyl, so bring your dancing shoes. . Stirling Arms has a discount menu for rally participants available until 7:00pm but you'll need to wear your wristband when ordering.
Friday 3 NOV day & night
You may have woken up with a hang-over from last night’s festivities and thought I can’t be arsed going on today’s ride out, but nooo, this is a great ride today. Get out of bed and get to the meeting point on Stirling Square by 10 am for a 10:30am start. (See ride outs for route and distance so there’s no excuse for getting lost.)
Get ready for a 90km ride through the Perth hills (including the infamous “Big Dipper”), ending at the Whiteman Park motor museum. (Museum attendance fee is included in your rally pack cost). We’ve also arranged a professional photographer at the museum to take an individual pic of your scooter against a scenic backdrop with the photos to be published on this website for you to download your scoot pic.
Friday night and we’re at the historic Guildford Town Hall. We’ve got Al Taylor on the decks playing rally favs, the John Peel Experience playing classic punk live and the Quadropheniacs playing mod, scooter tunes and 70s and 80s anthems. Doors open at 6:30pm.
Stirling Arms (conveniently located next door to the town hall) has a discount menu for rally participants available until 7:00pm but you'll need to wear your wristband when ordering.
Saturday 4 NOV day & night
Rise and shine and be at the meeting point on Stirling Square by 10 am for a 10:30am start. Saturday’s ride takes us from Guildford to river to coast.
In summary we’ll be going through the Perth tunnel (and you’ll be thinking either “whoa my scoot sounds great” or “feck, don’t cut out now, this will be really, really embarrassing and I’ll never hear the end of it), through Kings Park (and it’s million dollar views), along the Swan River past the homes of Perth’s rich and famous to the Port Beach Brewery for beers, food truck and special gust DJ spinning classic vinyl from 12.00. From the brewery we travel up the west coast to Hillarys and then inland through back to the Swan Valley and Guildford, arriving around 4ish.
Saturday night we’re at Stirling Arms, Guildford but this time we're in the prohibition bar. Micky Finn is spinning classic vinyl and the Feel Alrights playing two sets from 7:00pm. Stirling Arms has a discount menu for rally participants available until 7:00pm but you'll need to wear your wristband when ordering.
Sunday 5 NOV day & night
You know the drill by now, meeting point on Stirling Square by 10 am for a 10:30am start.
Ride out will go from Guildford to the Eastern hills of the Bickley Valley, Perth’s lesser-known wine region for lunch at Mason Mill. Join the many weary, broke but happy souls on Sunday for the ANCSR2023 last hurrah at the 1852 lounge bar at Stirling Arms, Guildford. Micky Finn is spinning vinyl from 7:00 onwards. Stirling Arms has a discount menu for rally participants available until 7:00pm but you'll need to wear your wristband when ordering.