Melbourne Toy Run - This Sunday

Discussion in 'Australian Motorcycles' started by please.reply, Dec 10, 2003.

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    please.reply Guest

    In just 4 days, this years annual Melbourne MRA Toy Run will be upon us.
    As of this afternoon, the weather bureau
    ( is giving a forecast for the day of
    "Fine. Max. 26" so it will be just perfect to get along to the city and
    get that warm fuzzy feeling of giving a gift for Xmas to those in need (as
    well as the warm fuzzy feeling of riding in a pack with around 15,000
    other riders) has all the details, but for those without web
    access the important details are as follows...

    When? Sunday 14th December, 2003 (This Sunday!)
    Where? St. Kilda Rd, Melbourne. In front of the Victoria Barracks (about
    2km south of the Yarra)
    Time? Assembly from 9:00am, with the riders waved off at 10:30am
    Going To? The ride ends at Federation Square in the city, just across from
    Flinder St station.

    Frequently Asked Questions? (FAQs)

    1. What about other meet points?
    There are 2 other meet points for the Melbourne MRA Toy Run..

    1.1. Eastern Suburbs Motorcycle Riders Inc. are meeting at The Royal Hotel
    (Zagamies) Burwood Hwy Upper Ferntree Gully at 8.30 am and leaving at 9.30
    am to join the main starting point.

    1.2. Northern Suburbs. Somerton BP Service Station. Corner of Hume Hwy and
    Cooper Street. 9:00am

    2. Isn't there normally a meet point at Cranbourne?
    This year, the Cranbourne Ulysses Branch have decided not to support the
    Melbourne MRA Toy Run and are going elsewhere. If you are wanting to
    participate in the Melbourne MRA Toy Run you will need to
    go directly to the main starting point on St.Kilda Rd or join the other
    two meet points.

    3. What do I bring?
    A Xmas gift for a child or family that will bring a smile to a their face
    this Xmas. A new board game, new toy, fresh food hamper, new clothes, gift
    voucher from your favourite store, monetary donation. Just about anything
    will brighten their Xmas.

    4. Who does the gift go to?
    The Smith Family is this years recipients of the Melbourne MRA Toy Run.
    With the great efforts of, and thanks to, the Apex Club, your gifts will
    be collected and distributed by the Smith Family.

    5. Dress-up my bike?
    Absolutely. Throw some sparkly tinfoil around it, attach you gift to the
    front or rear, sticky tape a Santa hat to your helmet. But remember to
    keep it away from hot spots (pipe/muffler) and ensure it
    doesn't get in your way or obstruct indicators etc.

    6. How many bikes will be there?
    With a great day forecast, I'm predicting they'll be around 20,000 bikes.
    Sports, Tourers, Harleys, Side cars, Classics, Street Fighters, and
    probably even a few Suzuki's <groan>. Get to the start
    point early enough and one of the highlights is walking along the column
    of bikes all lined-up and just admiring - don't forget your camera! It's a
    bike show and perve fest galore :)

    7. Breakfast/Coffee?
    The Apex Club will have a tent up near the front of the starting point at
    the gates of the Victoria Barracks. They'll be serving breakfast (Mmmmm
    bacon and egg rolls) and also drinks and coffee.

    8. Will I get lost on the ride?
    Certainly not - just follow the stream of bikes in front of you :)
    Seriously, with large signs and marshals on every corner along the route
    you can be assured that getting lost won't be a problem.

    8. Federation Square?
    Fully briefed parking marshals (incl. yours truly) will direct you to the
    huge area of parking allotted to us for the Toy Run. In the main area of
    Federation Square (near cnr of Spencer and Swanston - across from Spencer
    St station) will be the trucks collecting the gifts, marquees, and the
    stage for thanks and entertainment.

    9. Finishing Time?
    When ever you like. We have to be out of Federation Square by 1:00pm so
    that should be a good indication for you. If your looking for something to
    do afterwards, then the Williamstown Motorcycle Club have their annual
    Bikes-By-The-Bay display on for a perve at even more bikes. Just a jump
    over the Westgate Bridge, follow the signs to Williamstown, and look for
    all the bikes down by pier.

    Hopefully, each and every one of you will be able to make it to this great
    event. It's a great day and there's nothing like a fantastic excuse as
    giving to some of those in need in the lead-up to Xmas. Please forward
    this email to each and everyone of your riding friends, family, work
    mates, and mailing lists so they too can come along and get that warm
    fuzzy feeling that only a Toy Run brings.

    please.reply, Dec 10, 2003
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    Moike Guest

    So if you get lost, just head down Swanston Street until you get to
    Spencer Street.

    Make sure you have plenty of fuel.


    (I suppose he means Flinders Street)
    Moike, Dec 10, 2003
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