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Old Bike Australasia Issue 84

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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

Deck the halls with boots and helmets With this issue, another year comes to a close – a year filled with the things that keep us all sane, like seven more issues of OBA, in a world that’s gone slightly crazy. I have to send out a big thank you to our loyal advertisers, national and international, without whose support OBA simply could not exist. In these times of endless web content, producing a glossy magazine is seen by many as an anachronism, but we know this is the form that our readers embrace dearly. Of course, our web site, which was created and is administered by our genius designer Mat Clancy, continues to go great guns and will expand as resources, human and otherwise, become available. Thanks also to those who…

9 min.
blow your own letters to the editor

Fourth generation motorcyclist All these years I have been tinkering with old bikes and I thought I was the black sheep in the family with a passion for bikes that no one else in my family had ever taken up before me. And every time I read a story in Old Bike that started with “my grandfather rode a …” I would think “wish I had family bike heritage that would give me a project”. Then last month dad came back from the UK with a bunch of photos after cleaning out recently deceased Great Auntie Betty’s place. First one he drops on me is this amazing photo of my great grandfather Edward Ernest Mobbs on his motorcycle outfit in 1925. Edward served in the Royal Navy for many years and…

2 min.
draggin jeans best letter

Uncle Frank Really nice to see the story on Alec Corner and Frank Sinclair in OBA 83. Frank Sinclair was my uncle, and although I was a little too young to remember all his exploits, I still have some very interesting memories of him, especially with Alec Corner racing Frank’s HRD/Vincent. The most memorable recollection of him was when I was about 14, and was invited by Frank to go to Hume Weir races with him. When I arrived at his flat in Toorak, there also was George Lynn, who was the originator of the “Green Horror” (now AMCN) and who was legally blind, and Phil Irving who was great mates with Frank, as per the story. To say I was a little awestruck would be an understatement, even as young…

1 min.
letters address

Blow your own! If you’ve got something to say, why not write to Old Bike Australasia and get it out to those that might be interested. Send your letters to… Blow Your Own Old Bike Australasia PO Box 95, Kellyville NSW 2155 Ph: 02 9672 6899 E-mail: scaysbrook34@bigpond.com Letters to Old Bike Australasia must carry the senders name, address and/or an email contact. By submitting your letter for publication you agree that it may be edited for legal, space or other reasons. The letters printed here do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the editor or staff of this magazine. Letters may be shortened or abridged to fit the space available.…

3 min.
classic cob out in the shed

Another trader signs off Mark Austin operating as Pacific HD Trading Co. has called it a day. He explained that he was an architect and thus had an eye for objects that he saw. In his younger days he was courting his wife when her father told him about some motorcycles in the back yard. These were 1942 WLA model Harley-Davidsons, which he had never heard of. The lines of those machines appealed to him and since then he has been a lover of that brand as other makes do nothing for him. This led to him initially trading in Sydney commencing in 1975, then later moving to Mt Wilson in 1979 and then his final move to the NSW Central Coast in 2005. Over the years he has had trips…

1 min.
festival of speed takes shape

The Post Classic Racing Association of NSW will be promoting the 2020 Festival of Speed, to be held at Sydney Motorsport Park on 20-22 March 2020 – the 14th annual Festival of Speed run by the PCRA. The 2020 FoS will celebrate our Homegrown Heroes – the riders who raced at world class level in the 20th Century. The guest riders include Malcolm Campbell, Robbie Phillis, Jeff Sayle and Murray Sayle. These guests will compete in the Homegrown Relay Challenge, where they ride identical Period 6 bikes – 1990 Honda CBR250RRs. They will team up and swap riding with the bike’s owner mid-way through each heat. There will be racing for Period 3 (up to 1962) to Period 6 (up to 1990) solos and sidecars, as well as the lovable…