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Old Bike Australasia Issue 72

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

Our new web site No, we’re not abandoning our traditional print format, just adding to it. Our brand new website, which you can find atwww.oldbikemag.com.au, is now up and running after several months of hard work by the team at NextMedia, and the exceptional talents of our Art Director Mat Clancy, who is the man responsible for the quality artwork, design and production that you have enjoyed in OBA for the past twelve years. In creating the new website, our aim was to make it not just informative, but simple to use. You’ll find features from back issues on featured bikes, personalities, examples of our super-popular Tracks in Time regular feature, product reviews, new model tests, up-coming events and much more. The web also gives us the opportunity to incorporate video content…

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blow your own letters to the editor

Flogging a BM In 1969, I purchased a 1963 BMW R50S, knowing only that it was a 500cc bike, the smaller brother of the R69S. Over the next 3 years I rode it all over the place, flogged it unlovingly, even racing it in a scramble at Mildura. I remember that parts were very expensive, and during an engine rebuild, a local engine reconditioner made valves from Austin 1800 valves. I couldn’t afford the cost of replacement mufflers, so I knocked up a set of megaphone style ones, painted black. In 1972 I sold it to a police officer in Mildura, who had a few BMW’s, and went into trail bikes. Some years later, I discovered that it was one of only 1,634 built, and felt sorry for the way it…

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classic cob out in the shed

Further to Norm Cooper Graham Goodwin from Epping was good enough to provide some further enlightening information regarding Norm Cooper who I wrote about in OBA 71. I quote “I can add some further background on Norm Cooper. In my notes of a phone conversation in 2003 with John Boyle of Melbourne, John recalls that Norm worked at Sydney motorcycle dealership A.P. North as a motorcycle mechanic. John was working as a mechanic at nearby P. & R. Williams dealership in 1952-3 and so, knew Norm. John described Norm as an excellent engineer of gentle and helpful nature who always had interesting creations on the go.” As further testament to Norm’s engineering skill, I have a letter he wrote in 1978 when he lived at Forster, NSW. In this letter to Ken…

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buzz box old bike news

Spend Spring at Wakefield The third annual running of the All Historic Festival will take place at Goulburn’s Wakefield park on the 1st and 2nd of September, which happens to the Father Day’s day weekend as well as the beginning of Spring 2018. There will be racing for two, three and four wheelers, with Pre 1963 bikes and pre 1961 racing and sports cars in what is now Australia’s premier event for the older machines. New facilities will be in place for trackside camping, and on Saturday evening there’ll be a party with a live band, food and drinks which is free for competitors, officials and pit crew and family members. Practice takes place on Saturday morning, followed by scratch races and handicaps on both days. An addition to the programme…

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under the chequered flag

Edna Shoemark Only three months after losing Ron, her husband of 68 years (see OBA 70), EDNA SHOEMARK passed away on February 7the aged 91. Edna was a tireless worker for the Wollongong Motorcycle Club, and did an enormous amount of work to establish the Mt Kembla motocross circuit which opened in 1966 and is still going. She rode sidecars always, first a DKW Hobby with a little box on the sidecar to carry the dog, and then a Maico scooter with an aircraft belly tank sidecar that she and daughter Vicki used in reliability trials. Andrew Duncan Robin Yates A stalwart of Tasmanian motorcycling, ROBIN FRANCIS YATES died 8th February 2018, aged 80. Robin started making a name for himself in motorcycle racing in the early 1960s along with younger brothers Stuart and Martin. The…

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speedway star…   business baron.

www.vintagespeedway.com Brian was called up for National Service while still in his teens. “I was part of the 8th Intake for the RAF, stationed in Canberra. I can still remember riding a Triumph down there (from Sydney) on a Sunday night in the middle of winter. It was cold as hell”. After completing his service, Brian’s working life commenced behind the counter with Woolworths, but it was a very short space of time before he began a rapid climb up the company ladder to become a store manager at just 22 years of age. “To become a manager, it was necessary to undertake a training scheme, and usually it took two years for juniors to complete the course and six months for seniors. I was 20 but I got onto the…