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Old Bike Australasia

Old Bike Australasia

Issue 94

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
rules for rules’ sake

As if we don’t have enough to concern ourselves with these days, something that greatly worries me is the proliferation of rules, regulations and, even worse “company policy”. If there is no actual legislation or by-law to cover a particular issue, then company policy will do it. Recently, while participating in the Orange Classic Rally in the NSW Central West, a group of us stopped to fill up at a Shell service station. Being a weekend, it was busy, and a queue formed at the cash register. Suddenly the attendant stopped transacting and waved a finger at one of our lot who was standing in line, cash in hand. “Please remove the helmet,” came the instruction. “What about the mask?” I ventured, indicating a customer whose face was covered by a…

7 min
blow your own

GOMA, GOMA…gone! I can’t be the only one bitterly disappointed that I was unable to see the GOMA Exhibition; The Motorcycle, Design, Art, Desire in Brisbane before it closed. Every time I would make plans to do the trip, bang! The border was slammed shut. I guess the Gallery did a good job to even hold the exhibition under these frustrating circumstances. Still, I was able to enjoy the report and the wonderful photos in OBA 92, so that’s a lot better than nothing. Lisa Perris Armidale, NSW Join the club. I made plans several times to visit GOMA, only to be thwarted by the wildcat border closures and the threat of being trapped once in the state. The report to which you refer in OBA 92 was the work of Gaven Dall’Osto, but…

3 min
raritee best letter

Manx memories Love the magazine, been into it from Issue No 1! I also love collecting old motorcycles, but this can get a little expensive, so I’ve turned to motorcycling memorabilia instead, which is easier on the pocket and doesn’t irritate the ‘War Office’ as much. I have developed an interest in classic Isle of Man TT and Manx races that started with an obsession for old Cromwell pudding bowl helmets to enhance my Man Cave collection. I discovered one for sale online that indicated it was used in the 1963 Manx Grand Prix. It included a photograph of the rider on his steed (wearing said helmet) and a silver commemorative medallion for completing the course. I placed my bid and waited to see what happened next. In the end I…

5 min
classic cob

The Hagon JAP Dragster Alf Hagon was born 1931 in Ilford, England. As a teenager his first machine was a 1937 250 New Imperial, followed by a 350 Rudge. The Rudge was used for a variety of events from road racing to scrambles simply by changing the rear tyre. In 1957 Hagon made the first of the complete frames to his own design. He made all of the components with the exception of the Girling shock absorbers in a small shed in his parents’ garden. The tubing was cut to length and taken to the nearby workshop of well known tuner, Tom Kirby for welding. This association led to Hagon having the odd ride at grass track and road race meetings on Kirby-prepared machines. Girling shock absorbers were no longer produced…

1 min
buzz box old bikes news

A classic collection for sale Back in OBA 15 we featured the life and times of Bryan Thompson, plus his enviable collection of motorcycles. In his pomp, Bryan was one of Australia’s top car racers, a versatile and extremely quick driver. Like many top car people, Bryan began on bikes when he acquired a 1936 Ariel in 1952 – the first of many motorcycles. When he retired and moved from Shepparton to Melbourne, Bryan bought a former computer chip manufacturing building and converted it into a very stylish residence, with a museum on the ground floor to house his collection, which included several of his racing cars. Now, it’s time to downscale, and Bryan’s bikes will go under the hammer on Donington Auction’s June 20th sale. One of the standout motorcycles offered…

1 min
the latest on bulli…

Bulli is back and will be fully COVID Safe for our weekend of 28/29 August. So what’s happening in 2021? Every year we try to feature a bike or groups of bikes and this year it’s Japanese bikes and classic scooters. We will also have displays from various clubs, a great array of Tech Talks. These include Wheel Building (Chivos), Engine Rebuilding (Richard Nichols), Paint Preparation for old motorcycles (Ron Keed), Brakes and linings for old motorcycles, and Pioneering motorcycle engines. There will also be a display and demonstration of vintage speedway bikes, pioneering veteran motorcycles – including a super-rare Cyclone Board Track Racer, the ever-popular Swap Meet and of course the Auction featuring Antique Motorcycles, parts and memorabilia. This is a great weekend to indulge in your passion for old bikes, meet…