The first “official” meeting of the Moto Guzzi Owners Association was held at a waterhole on a small property at Buckety, in the hills at the back of Gosford, on a particularly hot day in February 1980, following the inaugural run by the fledgling club.
A working committee was duly elected at the waterhole and was subsequently ratified at the Association’s first Annual General Meeting, which took place a few months later on May 20th at the Ashfield RSL Youth Club Hall. At that meeting a formal constitution was adopted by the 29 founding members, a handful of whom are still in the club today.
With the average membership of over 100 people, the Moto Guzzi Owners Association has never been large but it more than makes up for this in enthusiasm and friendliness. As followers of an exotic and noble marque of Italian motorcycle, members show a great deal of mutual support when it comes to technical or other problems associated with the breed.
Members meet regularly on the second Tuesday of each month at 8pm at the Friend in Hand Hotel, 58 Cowper Street, Glebe. For those that come earlier a meal is available from 7pm.
There is a club run practically every month. In addition there are certain feature events such as the Ruptured Budgie Rally (Qld. Guzzi Club), Spaghetti Rally (Vic. Guzzi Club) and other selected rallies that are attended by the club as a group.
The most important event of all is the MGOA’s own Ragged Fringe Rally, which the club puts on every September. Other events appearing in the club calendar include Auction Days, Pub runs and a very special Christmas weekend party.
There is a newsletter “Falcone”, and a website which keeps everyone informed of what’s on and also contains technical information and other articles. We also send out email updates and phone texts to keep everyone informed on the details of the latest club events.
As it says in the constitution – “All persons of good character who are interested in Moto Guzzis and in fostering and maintaining Moto Guzzi ownership and in motorcycling, are… eligible for election to membership.”
MGOA of NSW Inc.
PO BOX 392
Camperdown NSW 1450
Better still, get a form and bring the form along in person to a monthly meeting at the Friend in Hand Hotel when you can introduce yourself and meet prospective fellow members. You can also email the club, and a response will be forthcoming, from one of the committee members.
1 So called because a leading motorcycle monthly once referred to Moto Guzzi owners as the “ragged fringe of decent society.” In its Latin form, “Societas Honestae, Limbus Pannuceus”, this description has been adopted as the Club’s Motto.