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Old Bike Australasia

Issue 82

Old Bike magazine is a must for those who ride as well as the dedicated enthusiast and rebuilder, covering everything from Vintage to early 1980s bikes - marvel at the restoration of machines that could still sit proudly on the showroom floor. Each issue brings you the latest news and results from recent events, race reports and Rally Roundup, along with new and old bike news and reviews, readers letters, Club Directory, What’s On and much, much more.

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editor’s letter

Trans-Tasman twins Less than three weeks separated the passing of two of Australasia’s most famous competitors, both who had dominated their sport in the 1950s, and who had reached their nineties. The similarities to Maurice “Maurie” Quincey, who died on July 16 aged 90 and Rod Coleman, aged 93 when he died on 6th August, do not end there. Quincey was part of a Melbourne motorcycling dynasty, his father Percy was 1922 Victorian Grass Track champion, raced on dirt circuits prior to WW2 and was a prominent member of the motorcycling community post-war. Coleman, New Zealand born and bred, rode in the wheel tracks of his father, also called Percy who carried the sobriquet ‘Cannonball’. Percy began racing at the age of 14 and became a hero pre WW1 on the…

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old bike australasia

EDITOR Jim Scaysbrook Email: scaysbrook34@bigpond.com Tel: (02) 9672 6899 (bh) Mbl: 0411 443444 PO Box 95, Kellyville NSW 2155 CONTRIBUTORS Alan Cathcart, John Cooper, Gaven Dall’Osto, Peter Laverty, Des Lewis, Tony Morisset, Tony Sculpher, Peter Smith, Nick Varta, Peter Whitaker. PHOTOGRAPHERS Michael Andrews, Tony Arts, Des Lewis, Robin Lewis, Bill Petro, Colin Rosewarne, Sue Scaysbrook, Keith Ward. ART DIRECTOR Mat Clancy Emsee Publishing Design ADVERTISING MANAGER Sue Scaysbrook Email: suescaysbrook@bigpond.com Ph: 02 9672 6899 Mb: 0418 174 558 CIRCULATION DIRECTOR Carole Jones MANAGING DIRECTOR Hamish Bayliss EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN David Gardiner COMPANY SECRETARY Bruce Duncan…

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blow your own

The Yellow Peril These photos (above & right) may be of interest, further to your report of the recent Broadford Bike Bonanza and Neville Hazelman’s “Yellow Peril” outfit. I was at the Calder launch for the new Honda Turbo CX500 Honda in 1981 and as we were being loaded up to be returned to the airport this was unloaded. I only had two shots left on the film to capture these pics. Ken Young Launceston, Tasmania Seeing red Since I was mentioned in the review of Ginger Molly’s book (OBA 79 Eyes Right) I feel I have the right of reply. There are many points I dispute, among them: Page 207, the 1959 Tauranga 500cc race. Peter Pawson was not in New Zealand, Ginger did not have a 500cc Gold Star, I did not have…

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classic cob

Bob Sharp and Lake Lefroy In January this year I attended the Goulburn Motorcycle Swap Meet. It was there that an elderly chap approached me to buy some books and tools contained in a tool box. It was not until several days later at home I saw the professionally painted writing on the lid of the tool box “Team Sharp” and “The World Land Speed Record Attempt, Lake Lefroy. Western Australia 27th January 1973.” I recalled a conversation in the early 1970s with the late Ian Cameron, Secretary of the Auto Cycle Council of Australia (A.C.C.A) regarding him conveying a member of the Federation Internationale Motorcycliste to Western Australia for a land speed record attempt. Eventually I spoke to Dennis Quinlan, a walking encyclopaedia on the Sydney motorcycle scene. He nominated…

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buzz box old bike news

Pikes Peak lost to bikes? The fatal accident to four-time winner Carlin Dunne at the 2019 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has had major repercussions, with the announcement by organisers that motorcycles will not be part of the event for 2020. Dunne died when he high-sided his Ducati Panigale ‘Street Fighter’ prototype at the final corner of the 20-kilometer ‘Race to the Clouds’, sending him off the side of the mountain. Despite a plea from Carlin Dunne’s mother that bikes should remain on the program, a statement issued by the PPIHC Board of Directors on July 26 said that “analysis for long-term viability (for motorcycles to compete)” would be conducted, “so that organizers can gather data and analysis to review more thoroughly the impact on the overall event in the absence…

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brothers in arms

Brothers Len and Neil Tinker from Warrnambool, Australia were the two lucky privateers in this unique and happy position. Slight of stature but strong and fit from years of manual labour, they were ideally suited to compete in the 125 and 250cc classes of the Continental Circus. The normal career path for Commonwealth riders usually led to a British 350 or 500cc production racer but the Tinkers took a different tack. Being smaller of build and having pockets full of cash meant they could afford a pair of jewel-like MV Agusta single-cylinder grand prix bikes, each of which cost more than half again as much as a Manx Norton. They had caught Count Agusta at the right moment. They duly placed an order for a 125 Bialbero (twin cam) of the…