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Old Bike Australasia

Issue 81

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 Jim Scaysbrook Email: scaysbrook34@bigpond.com Tel: (02) 9672 6899 (bh) Mbl: 0411 443444 PO Box 95, Kellyville NSW 2155 CONTRIBUTORS Alan Cathcart, Gaven Dall’Osto, Bob Dennis, Stuart Francis, Peter Laverty, Peter Smith, Nick Varta, Peter Whitaker, Ken Young. PHOTOGRAPHERS Michael Andrews, CMSNL, Stuart Francis, Robin Lewis, Colin Rosewarne, Sue Scaysbrook, Keith Ward. ART DIRECTOR Mat Clancy Emsee Publishing Design NATIONAL ADVERTISING MANAGER Cameron Davis Email: cdavis@nextmedia.com.au Ph: 02 9901 6177 Mb: 0401 547 112 ADVERTISING MANAGER Sue Scaysbrook Email: suescaysbrook@bigpond.com Ph: 02 9672 6899 Mb: 0418 174 558 CIRCULATION DIRECTOR Carole Jones MANAGING DIRECTOR Hamish Bayliss SUBSCRIPTIONS www.mymagazines.com.au Toll free: 1300 361 146 or +61 2 9901 6111 Post to: Locked Bag 3355, St Leonards NSW 1590 CHEVRON PUBLISHING GROUP a division of nextmedia Pty Ltd. Level 8, 205 Pacific Hwy, St Leonards, NSW 2065 Locked Bag 5555, St Leonards, NSW 1590 Ph: (02) 9901 6100 Fax: (02) 9901 6116 EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN David Gardiner COMPANY SECRETARY Bruce Duncan…

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editor’s letter

Tracks in Time Without doubt the most consistently popular regular feature of this magazine is the Tracks in Time segment. When this was first envisaged for issue number 1, I figured that there might be a couple of dozen, thirty maximum, of these stories to be told. Here we are 13 years and 81 issues later, and we’re still going. This incredible run is thanks to the assistance of countless people, some prominent in the sporting field, others just keen spectators or amateur photographers. The suggestions for these tracks come from far and wide, and in many cases the tracks themselves have been lost for generations, buried under housing estates or shopping centres. A good case in point is the story from issue 80 – The Big D, or the Morgan Mile to…

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blow your own

The original LE Regarding your story on the Velocette LE (OBA 79); in 1942 Phil Irving was in hospital when he conceived the idea of quiet, clean, reliable transport for people who would have, before the war, had a car. With petrol rationed it had to be economical; the prototype built during the war did this at 130 miles to the gallon. At the same time in Italy, the Piaggio aircraft factory was being bombed. At the end of the war Enrico Piaggio, no longer allowed to build aircraft, gave his aircraft designer the job of designing a vehicle with the same aims (as the LE); personal transport. D’Ascanio was not a motorcyclist, but a top aircraft man who in 1946 came up with the Vespa. Not clean, not economical, but…

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the ideal bike?

I’ve been reading OBA for some time now (12-15 years) and thoroughly enjoy it. See if you can resurrect Mr Jessop. On a good day he is priceless. But my reason for writing has to do with a bit of reminiscing. The thing which caught my eye was the photo of Ron Weste in ‘Under the Chequered Flag’ in OBA 80. Sad and all as these matters are (sincere condolences to the Weste family, we have never met), I couldn’t help but notice his broad smile, as he sat astride a brand new Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 twin. I took delivery of one of these, with exactly the same livery, in February this year. And what a pleasure – it goes, handles, stops, and looks like a real bike. A fly…

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classic cob

Magneto or Electronic ignition? In this day and age there are so many technological advances that it is impossible to keep up with them. Sometimes when I get to hear about them they are already outdated. I have decided that I will briefly look at who is providing services and products for the old and new in the motorcycle ignition field, that is, magneto or electronic ignitions. Magnetos Firstly I called to see Chris ZOCH, a retired Industrial Chemist who worked in the textile industry and recently moved to Harrington on the NSW north coast. As a youngster he toyed around with old radios then later with hi-fi amplifiers. As a child the family lived on a farm in Victoria when his father purchased a 1942 Chevrolet Ambulance which had an ex-PMG BSA…

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buzz box old bike news

Jim Airey honoured Speedway legend Jim Airey, the subject of our feature article in OBA 81, has been inducted into the Australian Speedway Hall of Fame. The award was announced at the 2019 ceremony held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on June 22nd. Airey was the only motorcycle competitor to be inducted. VJMC Japan Tour on again Following two successful organised tours to Japan in 2015 and 2017, VJMC vice president Jeff Eeles has announced a third, for 2021. Currently, two options are being considered – the Suzuka 8 Hour Race (usually in July) or the Japanese Moto GP event (usually in October). As in the past, the tour will be around 14 days. It will include tours to at least two factory museums, with easy options to possibly see all the ‘Big…