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People on the 2013 Irish Rally

September 8, 2013

We are home now, and almost fully recovered from the 47th Annual Irish National Vintage Motorcycle Assembly in Killarney.  Jet lag seems to get harder with each passing year, and the tasty black puddings and adult beverages don’t seem to help the matter. 


Sorting through the photos, I realized that I have way more to share than I can drop into one or two quick articles.  So bear with me, and I’ll post them on the site in the coming days and weeks.  We’ll start with photos of some of the characters:

Big Dave

Big Dave M., member of K.O.B.I.  Here with his wonderful 1913 Trump V twin.  On a rally a few years ago, the bike famously broke the front frame downtube and spit Dave off, but he has repaired it and now it is stronger than ever.  A big JAP V twin, belt drive and only one gear ratio, but it had the power to make all the hills.

Dave plays his accordian

Dave Mac is an institution.  A Rudge aficionado without peer, and full of traditional Irish wit and songs too. 


brian bsa twin

Bryan R. pilots his BSA V twin.  He dropped his kids into a sidecar when they were small, and both grew up to be decent guys…

 adjust tappets

James R. and dad Bryan fettle the tappets on James’ Rex Acme.  You can read James’ thoughts on a monthly basis here, the best magazine for fans of early motorbikes that I’ve ever found.

 ladies view

Before the rally starts, people arrive early and ride.  This was our second day on the bikes, and was still the day before the rally began.  At Ladies’ View (other pics here) is John Q. with his 1912 Sun, Dieter on his ‘13 BSA, Kim on the ‘32 BSA, newly-licensed 16 year old Isobel on her 1952 Gilera, and mom Katrin on her 1908 Triumph.  You’ll recall Dieter and Katrin from last year’s articles, but also from the Motorcycle Cannonball.

in the town of Inchageela

Eric A. uses the handstarter on his 1914 Precision Twin at a stop in the little town of Inchageela, while Dave plays another song on his squeezebox.  Eric is known in England for his rides all over the UK, often on his Williamson.


inchageela again

Another view of folks enjoying a beverage in Inchageela.  There is never a rush, always time for a chat and a pint.

 Knights of Bloody Idiots

The Knights of Bloody Idiots (K.O.B.I.) are well represented at the Irish.  This year’s inductee did an unspeakably idiotic act and won himself a spot in the club.  But with that honor comes the wearing of the ceremonial necklace.  And he must wear it all year, at every motorcycle event he attends.  If he is spotted by a K.O.B.I. without it, he buys drinks for all members within earshot…


P and P

I had a great time with Phillip Tooth this year.  He’s seen all the old bikes that you can imagine, photographed them and ridden them, and written countless articles in the past few decades for magazines and books, etc.  And his tow rope on his Vincent was very handy to get a low powered bike up Priest’s Leap Hill.  More on that later in the week…

 she is warm

Alan took a break from driving the chase truck on Friday, and instead motored around on his swell BSA and chair.


Katrin stops to admire the view, with Dieter’s BSA behind and a big pile of rocks.



Hello to Alan H., riding on a typical rally road.  Green grass grows in the middle, and he just came around a nice tight downhill hairpin to find me standing there snapping pics. 


at the beach

Chris H., K.O.B.I and Cathy H. enjoy the views and the salty air during a lunch stop.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. John Cox permalink
    September 8, 2013 11:16 pm

    Great Photos. Ireland seems ideal for old bikes

  2. Anonymous permalink
    September 9, 2013 3:09 am

    Many years ago, Philip helped me get a replacement oil pump body for my Austro Omega V-twin, Dave Mac made it. I now need a Pilgrim pump for a 500cc IOE Mag motor on a late 20’s German Standard. any leads? The 1909 Neckarsulm 554cc Export Deluxe is almost ready for paint and plating, 30 months of making all the missing parts, by far the most challenging restoration I have done. Thanks for your help. The Irish rally looks great.
    Bruce in Ohio

  3. September 9, 2013 4:05 am

    Happy people, beautiful scenery. it gives eager to participate in this event.
    thank you

    Laurent ( twist-grip.blogspot)

  4. Larry Doane permalink
    September 9, 2013 6:32 am

    Pete, A glimpse of Heaven……… me.
    Thank you..

  5. Jim Abbott permalink
    September 10, 2013 7:47 pm

    Pete: I want to know what act of Idiocy this years K.O.B.I. inductee performed to be so honored? Jim A.

    • September 10, 2013 8:38 pm

      He did something silly on a hillclimb, but I didn’t get the full story…

  6. Dave Miller KOBI permalink
    September 26, 2013 11:57 am

    Sir Morgan O’Regan is not actually this years incumbent knight, he is an associate knight. The rules state that a knight must be from the western region of the UK, or take part in events in said region. Because we failed to appoint a knight this year for various reasons, we came up with the cunning plan of making Morgan wear the chain. He has done plenty daft deeds over the years, and definitely deserved to wear the idiots chain! Sir Richard Quick is also an associate knight. Dave Miller KOBI

    • September 26, 2013 12:07 pm

      thanks Dave!

    • Irene Hull permalink
      May 2, 2016 1:04 pm

      is this a Richard Quick who sucks 2 fingers. I used to participate in this Rally with my father, Sam Hull, and i’m trying to get in touch with peple i remember from that era
      Irene Hull [the pillion passanger on a 1927 Scott Flying Squirrel]

      • May 2, 2016 2:40 pm

        Hello Irene! If anybody replies, I can send you a message. There should be a good number of participants this year for the 50th anniversary Irish, but I cannot attend this one.

  7. Dave Miller KOBI permalink
    October 8, 2013 11:44 am

    No worries Pete. We just had our idiots meeting and managed to decide upon next years knight. He must of course remain unaware of our plot to ‘knight’ him, so if I tell you who it is, I would have to kill you!!!!
    One of the things Morgan did was to be driving a 3 wheeler Morgan called Lucifer, I seem to recall that Joey D was passenger, but that may be wrong, they left the road on a hump back bridge and both front wheels came off on landing. They came to no harm, the road had scars for many years!!!!


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