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Old Bike Australasia Issue 86

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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

3 min.
deathtraps and delusion

Early in the new year I had the pleasure of meeting Charles Falco and Ultan Guilfoyle, who 22 years ago were moving forces behind the fabulously successful Art of the Motorcycle Exhibition which ran in the Guggenhiem Museum in New York, attracting more than 300,000 visitors – the largest crowds ever at that museum. It then moved on to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilboa, Spain, achieving similar blockbusting success. The exhibition showcased 114 motorcycles selected for their significance and/or beauty from the previous 100-odd years. Now a new but similarly-themed exhibition is taking shape in Australia, again with Falco and Guilfoyle at the helm, to be staged at QAGOMA (Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art) in Brisbane, and will run from 28th November 2020 to 26th April 2021. I…

9 min.
where there’s a will…

I was a big fan of scrambles from high school years and once I got an apprenticeship as a mechanic and had a bit of spare money I bought a Yamaha 125cc Road Trials and converted it for competition scrambles. I was only an also-ran but for two years had fun. Transporting the machine to scrambles was an event in itself. I had a Volkswagen Beetle so there was no room, but a mate of mine, John Harry had an Austin A40 and under his guidance we took out the back seat, then the front wheel of my bike off and slid the machine in the back with riding gear and front wheel jammed in amongst the bike. He scrambled a road Honda twin 125cc that was strongly modified for…

2 min.
black knight bk 415

It was nice to read Noel Bennett’s letter in OBA 85 recalling his ownership of Vincent Black Knight BK415, and it brought back a few memories. In 1966 I was in Melbourne at around midnight outside The Age offices with a friend who was looking to obtain the first edition of Saturday’s Age in order to purchase a Norton. No suitable Nortons were for sale; however a Vincent was advertised. Having owned Vincents in the UK, I decided to have a look at it the next day, and after a bit of haggling finished up purchasing it for £165.00 ($330) from Martin O’Toole (Australian Wood Chopping champion). It was in a sorry state with broken windscreen, side panels and front mudguard, also a damaged gearbox. The rear enclosure had a skull and…

4 min.
a bee hive and a bsa

Recently I was at the Maleny Swap Meet and saw the machines that the club members were displaying for the Show and Shine exhibition. It was there that a stunning looking V Twin BSA sidecar combination arrived. The owner, Rick Thurgood, born and bred in the UK, purchased this machine in 1965 while he was an apprentice motor mechanic. He migrated in 1966 and brought this machine with him in the condition in which he found it. In the 1980s he commenced to work on it but business commitments caused some delays. Then he met Frank Hack who had an engineering business and was keen to undertake the work. Hack replaced the bigend as well as fitting alloy pistons as the original ones were a cast iron type. He then…

1 min.
thunder rally thunders ahead

• THUNDER RALLY • FESTIVAL OF SPEED • BROADFORD BONANZA• The first weekend in October will see Tamworth, the Country Music Capital revving up for the inaugural National Thunder Motorcycle Rally. To be held at the Australian Equine Livestock and Events Centre (AELEC), rally goers who attended the 2015 HOG rally will know what to expect at this state-of-the-art facility. National Thunder will offer four huge days of bikes, music and food, and all brands are invited to take part in the weekend including the National Thunder run. Catering for all riders, a ‘Show and Shine’ will feature categories including best in show, best vintage bike, best original condition, best trike and so many more. This event won’t be short of entertainment, with the Thunder Stage rocking until late each evening with…

2 min.
coronavirus claims festival of speed…

One of the many high-profile motorsport sport events that have been affected by the Coronavirus outbreak and the measures implemented to contain it was the 2020 Festival of Speed at Sydney Motor Sport Park. After several changes in the club’s management structure in the lead up to the event, the promoters, Post Classic Racing Association of NSW, were faced with an enormous task to actually get the meeting on, but had overcome these problems one by one, only to have the circuit’s administrators, the Australian Racing Drivers Club, pull the pin on the event just four days from the scheduled start of the meeting. This at least gave interstate and regional NSW competitors the chance to abort their travel plans, but naturally caused many cancellations of accommodation and in some cases,…