The 10th annual national Motogiro cross-country rally for small-capacity Italian-made bikes and scooters is on this August with a special anniversary dinner and display.
The organisers are Italian bike collectors Pete Morrow and Trevor Fryer who live in South East Queensland and use the beautiful region to stage their annual event.
They started the untimed rally to mirror the similar Moto Duro d’Italia.
“We just decided to create one here as we didn’t have the time and money to go over,” Pete says.
“We cherry picked our own rules so it’s Italian bikes only and small capacities with a maximum of 500cc.”
The rally bikes are predominantly singles in three categories: Vintage up to 1958, classic up to ’68 and modern up to ’78. Brands can include Aermacchi, Aprilia, Benelli, Bimota, Cagiva, Ducati, Gilera, Lambretta, Laverda, Moto Guzzi, Moto Morini, MV Agusta and Vespa.
“The primary aim is to get them out of the sheds and being used,” Peter says.
“A lot are more than 45 years old now and chances are you won’t get another chance to see them out on the road.”
While most of the bikes are worth in the $20,000s, they have attracted some rare bikes in past years such as an Aermacchi Ala d’Ora road bike and a Gilera Saturno race bike worth up to $40,000.