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Old Bike Australasia

Old Bike Australasia Issue 73

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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In this issue

2 min.
editor’s letter

True north In the dozens of times I’ve visited New Zealand, I have never been more than a few kilometres north of Auckland itself; to be precise, only as far as the historic and visually amazing Puhoi pub, about 30km from the city itself. This was a situation that clearly needed to be rectified, so as soon as we had issue 72 off to the printer, Sue and I were on the big silver bird across the Tasman Sea. Our great friends at Yamaha once again came to the party, this time with the loan of a brand new FJR1300 – one of my favourite motorcycles – and our travelling buddies Bob and Lynne Rosenthal were supplied with a BMW R1200GS by my mate Martin Farrand – a committed motorcyclist, pilot…

7 min.
letters to the editor

Daredevil Debbo Classic Cob (OBA 71) made mention of the hydroplane racing on the Georges River, at Deepwater Park, Milperra, Sydney, which brought back memories of when I used to attend with my brother-in-law when he raced in the smaller classes in the early ‘sixties. The fifty cubic inch class were usually powered by Triumph or Norton motorcycle engines (did you ever wonder where all those engines went from the Featherbed frames?). However the Unlimited class boats were just awesome. The most stunning was Ernie Nunn’s Wasp II which was powered by a Rolls Royce Merlin, ex-Spitfire engine. Others were 351 Fords or 350 Chevs, a few people imported engines from Ferrari or Maserati. It was here I met Eric Debenham who was one of the top competitors with his boat…

3 min.
how to throttle parkinson’s disease

Like, I imagine, a good number of Old Bike Australasia readers I’m getting on a bit, and on reaching the biblical ‘three score and ten years’ I discovered that I had developed a mild case of Parkinson’s Disease. In fact it was when riding a motorcycle that I first noticed symptoms, as my right arm and shoulder would freeze-up and ache from holding a steady throttle open which made any long distance riding a real pain. When, as required, I reported my medical condition to the State licensing authority they approved that I could continue to ride motorcycles, but curiously they ruled that I could not drive a car fitted with manual transmission. I appealed this decision and it was overturned, but only after I had looked up motorcycles with automatic…

3 min.
out in the shed

The Vokes “Distribution Rectifier” I recall years ago in motoring magazines, be it car or motorcycle, various devices appeared in advertisements offering claims for all types of gadgets. They all guaranteed the same results, easier starting, less carbon build up, more miles per gallon, improved acceleration and higher top speed. Recently whilst in Victoria, Rod Tingate gave me one such device together with paperwork from the manufacturer Vokes who were the makers of air cleaners for British motor cycles. The paperwork coming with this device was as follows: ‘The Vokes “Distribution Rectifier”. A further efficient contribution for the benefit of improved motoring, developed by Volkes Ltd, Pioneers of Scientific Filtration. Fitted between the intake manifold and the carburettor the “Rectifier” takes all bias out of the mixture flow and improves vaporization. Vokes…

6 min.
old bike news

Triples half century 2018 marks 50 years since production of the Triumph and BSA triples commenced, and to mark the occasion, the 9th annual Aussie Triples Rally will be held at Evans Head NSW from 17th – 19th August. Organiser Col McAndrew says, “As this year is the 50th Anniversary of the Triple we are organising a ride to Inverell on Monday 20th, following our Rally. We have rides planned around the area with the help of Inverell Motorcycle Restorers Club. On Thursday 23rd we will ride to Grafton to attend the Clarence Valley Club’s Annual Rally. We have one entrant riding a T160 from Albany (south of Perth). He rode over to attend 5 years ago and says it has taken his backside this long to recover.” Details from Col on…

6 min.
under the chequered flag

Ivan Mauger Arguably the world’s greatest-ever speedway rider, Ivan Mauger passed away in Queensland on April 16 after battling dementia for several years. Born in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1939, after trying to break into the UK scene at age 17, Mauger’s speedway career had all-but stalled until he spent a season at Adelaide’s Rowley Park riding for Kym Bonython, where he blossomed as a rider. Returning to England, Mauger gradually became the man to beat, and after qualifying for his first World Final in 1966, he won the first of three successive World championships in 1968, adding three more in 1972, 1977 and 1979. He was also World Long Track Champion in 1971, 1972 and 1976. He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1976, and Officer…