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Old Bike Australasia Issue 74

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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Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
Nextmedia Pty Ltd
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look before you leap

While on a recent flying visit to North America for a very important assignment (the first birthday of our grandson), Mrs Editor and I were able to grab a few days R&R in Vancouver, a place I have never seen before. During our stay we found ourselves at Trev Deeley Motorcycles – Canada’s oldest established Harley-Davidson dealer and the second oldest in the world outside the United States. Part of this huge dealership is devoted to a permanent museum, where there is always a themed exhibition taking place, so that’s where we headed. That was mightily impressive, but talking to the staff in this venerable establishment revealed deep concern for the future of America’s most iconic motorcycle brand, and for that matter, its chief local rival, Indian. You’ve no doubt…

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letters to the editor

The White Ghost I received this long-held family photograph (above) of my cousin Ken Le Breton, aka The White Ghost, and felt I had to share it with your readers. It was taken on 5th January 1951 at Sydney Showgrounds*, only half a circuit before the serious accident he had whilst attempting to pass the English rider Higg. Ken died the next day from his injuries, with my aunt Mary, his mum, at his side. It shows the no-holds barred approach to Speedway racing – note Higgs’ eyes. Mike Trevor Paynesville, Vic. Highs and Lowood Great Lowood article in OBA 72. The great long straight would cause motors to cool and lose power especially on methanol. A few had the fins removed. It was common to get more speed on Dunlop straight. Also there were…

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looking down on lowood

Thanks for the article on the Lowood Race Circuit and former airfield at Mt Tarampa. As this is close to where we live I often ride my Z300 along Daisy Drive which still has its bumps. I also occasionally fly over the area in my recreational aircraft. The old race track is still visible in the grass, and the old observation post and bunker is still visible at Mt Tarampa. Until recently the area had been fairly run down with many abandoned properties and houses. Due to recent property sales the area is recovering as the sites are being restored as new folk move in. It was good to read the article and see the pictures of the old race bikes and the basic conditions. I took some photos from the air…

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out in the shed

Are motorcyclists bulletproof? The older us motorcyclists get the quicker we think we are. When a prang happens modern medical procedures can fix virtually any broken bones or stitch up the torn tissues; not a problem and it is these incidents that are bragged about at the next rally or social gathering. Some claim to have more fractures and pins than the late Grand Prix rider Barry Sheene. However what is not readily spoken about and remains well concealed are those issues that are going on emotionally. Blokes especially, over the years have been reluctant to expose that side of themselves, believing that to do so may leave them vulnerable. The belief has been that the image has to be maintained otherwise others may think less of them. Most of us have…

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buzz box old bike news

Long Lunch comes to Sydney Established a couple of years ago in New Zealand by Peter Donaldson, the Long Lunch has become a popular gathering of identities from the sport. The first Long Lunch was held at Graeme Crosby’s property north of Auckland and amongst the attendees was his old sponsor and mentor Ross Hannan, who came away with the idea that a similar function would be a good idea for Australia. To this end, Ross has arranged for the Sydney version of the Long Lunch to take place on 9th December, 2018 at the Royal Automobile Club of Australia, 89 Macquarie St, with Will Hagon as MC and Jeremy Burgess as keynote speaker. See www.longlunchsydney.com. Price is $165 per person for an all-inclusive three-course meal with wine, beer and other…

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new circuit for victoria?

First mooted back in 2013, a new motor sport complex near Pakenham, 60 km from Melbourne in south eastern Victoria, provisionally named Cardinia Motor Recreation and Education Park, has recently gained momentum. A development application has been submitted to Cardinia Shire Council for a new 3.7km circuit and UK firm Apex Circuit Design has been tasked with the design of the track which is aimed to meet FIA Grade 2 and FIM Grade B standards. The privately funded facility will also include an education and training complex alongside a 70 room hotel. A spokesman for the venture said the circuit would wish to attract national and international events should it receive the green light from Cardinia Shire Council. The Council is currently accepting submissions of feedback regarding their intended plans to…

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