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Old Bike Australasia Issue 79

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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old bike australasia

NUMBER 79 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, Geoffrey Ellis, Stuart Francis, Peter Laverty, Lothar Mildebrath, Chris Pereira, Peter Smith, Andy Westlake. PHOTOGRAPHERS Michael Andrews, Gaven Dall’Osto, John Ford, Robin Lewis, 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 EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN David Gardiner COMPANY SECRETARY Bruce Duncan…

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editor’s letter

Rally season! This is my (our) favourite time of the year; when summer’s incessant heat has abated and winter has not yet unleashed its full chill. It’s also when we throw off the dust covers and roll out the bikes for a series of rallies that we look forward to immensely – a chance to escape the office and the city and take in some country air, catch up with friends that we haven’t seen for twelve months, and roll out on country roads free of the construction traffic that is Sydney these days. For us, this begins with the Bathurst Easter Tour – one of the longest running such events in the country and one that draws bikes from the full gambit of motorcycling history. Although it’s pretty dry out…

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letters to the editor

Café 450 Good read on the CB450 DOHC Honda CB450 in OBA 77. I had one for a few years, then made it into a Café Racer in about 2000. It was quite easy to do; seat, tank, fairing, clip-ons etc. I rode it for a few years, then on-sold it. An attention getting bike! Bill Madden Charmhaven, NSW Dashing Dave I would like to congratulate you for the article on Dave Basham in OBA 78. It was fantastic as I and many other young lads followed his riding in the mid ‘60s to his retirement and it was great to read many stories we did not know. The photos were fantastic; ‘Ah yes that style was defiantly Dave Basham’. I have thought of a few more brilliant people in the SA motor cycle scene…

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bubbles and squeaks

Another great issue (OBA 78). The article on the Heinkel scooter was interesting when you mentioned the Bubble car they also made as I owned one in the mid ‘50s when I lived in U.K. I was a motor mechanic working in Leicester after 3 years in the RAF, engine mechanic on Lincoln bombers with vee-12 R.R. engines. Wife no.1 and I packed up the ‘Vincent Shadow & Steib’ with all our goods and my tools of trade and off to Cornwall we went for almost 1 year getting jobs. The outfit was a bit of a handful in the twisty tiny Cornish roads and I hang my head in shame when I tell you I swapped the outfit for a Heinkel 174cc Bubble car! (As we called them). It was great…

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out in the shed

A World War 1 veteran This year at the 30th annual Taree & District Classic and Vintage Motorcycle Club rally I spotted a veteran Triumph. It was a 1916 model H Triumph of which some 30,000 were produced for military service during the Great War 1914 – 1918. Since 1910 Triumph had used the slogan “Trusty Triumph” and by the end of the war the troops referred to the model H as “The Trusty”. Fortunately this machine had not been subjected to the “restoration” process and had the appearance it would have had in its heyday. I got to talk to the owner, Michael Jordan, a member of the Historic Motorcycle Club of Queensland, Sunshine Coast Branch. He has several classic motorcycles which he has restored but this little Triumph was…

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buzz box old bike news

Vets gather in Melbourne The Veteran Racing Motorcyclists Association of Victoria will hold their annual dinner on Friday May 3rd at White Rose Receptions, 725 High Street Thornbury. Tickets to the dinner are $65 including a full meal and drinks. The dinner is the primary fund raiser each year for the Milwaukee Tool prize, awarded annually to a 1st Year Motorcycle Apprentice Mechanic. The 2019 award has gone to Joshua Buzza, who is in his first year with MotoGC in Thomastown, Victoria, whose ambition is to eventually join a race team. For information on the Annual Dinner, contact veteranracingmotorcyclists@gmail.com …and Sydney The 54th annual reunion of the Motorcycle Old Timers Association takes place at the Ashbury Bowling & Pan-Arcadian Club (opposite Canterbury Race Course), King Street Ashbury on Wednesday evening 8th May. The…