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Old Bike Australasia Issue 88

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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.
guest editorial my old man. oam.

I almost feared this day would come. I say almost, because I’m immeasurably proud to write this editorial in the magazine dad has made his own from the very start. I’m actually pretty chuffed. The fact dad has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for Service to Motorcycling is no great surprise to me. For every one of the days I can remember from when I came into this world on September 15, 1982, dad and motorcycles, scratch that — the Scaysbrooks and motorcycles — have been automatically linked. We are a motorcycling family, as my wife is now well and truly aware. Dad’s link to the grip on the handlebars, to the thump of a British single, to the grit and grime under his fingernails,…

13 min.
blow your own letters

Performance Motorcycles I read with interest the article on page 76 of OBA 85 about the Nortina spotted in Bathurst. My memories of that bike go back to 1973 when I was still apprenticed to Bill Shaw, owner of Performance Motorcycles at 177 Gympie Rd Kedron Brisbane. I was indentured to Bill as a Fitter and Turner, doing engine rebores at one of his other businesses at the same address, Precision Reboring. My daily commute was a metallic green Suzuki Hustler and would often take my girlfriend (now wife) to Willie’s Bazaar, Queen St. Brisbane, a coffee shop and late night meeting place in Petrie Bight a couple of doors down from the Orient Hotel. The Nortina attracted a lot of interest among those who saw it and I remember that…

4 min.
draggin jeans best letter

Alan’s Indian I was particularly interested in the cover story of Old Bike No 86, featuring the Indian Scout 101. In November 1931, my father bought one and he kept a diary for much of the time he owned it which makes interesting reading today. He paid £25 deposit, (which according to the RBA now equates to about $2,300) so it may have been new, but more likely it was a recent second hand model as it had a front brake. He paid £1/5/0 for his registration and 5/- for his license at the local Police station and sometime later he had fitted the Indian with a sidecar in order to take my mother out. The diary covers everyday journeys and social activities and interestingly, he often records the times taken and…

4 min.
classic cob out in the shed

Locally-made Short Circuit frames Back in the 1950s and 1960s the Hunter Valley was the hub of Short Circuit racing in New South Wales, with venues such as Heddon Greta, Salty Creek, Hillview at Muswellbrook and Jubilee at Cessnock. So it was to follow that a significant number of Australian and state titleholders would come from these areas. The likes of Dave “Sputnik” O’Brien, Norm Fraser, John Rumford, Jack Davies, Keith Davies, Herb Jefferson and others spring to mind. So it was that if anyone was going to construct Short Circuit frames it only followed that it would come from this area. Newcastle identity Bill Rawlinson built around 7 or 8 frames which were ridden by riders such as Kevin Fraser, Jim Rawlinson and Keith Davies. Davies tells me that he used…

1 min.
festival of motorcycling set for take off

Defying the current trend, a major event in South Australia is ready to be run over an eight-day period in October. The 2020 Festival of Motorcycling is being staged by a consortium of South Australian Historic Motorcycle Clubs, and will include five organised rides through the scenic Adelaide surrounds, a track day at the Mallala circuit organised by the Ducati Owners Club, exhibitions including the ever-popular Classics at Hart, and a visit to the VVMCCSA Balhannah Motorcycles Only Swap Meet. A feature of the event at Hart’s Mill will be a display of South Australian-made motorcycles as part of the main exhibition highlighting 120 years of motorcycles from all over the world. Full information can be seen at www.classicowners.org…

1 min.
jampot rally goes ahead

Notwithstanding the Victorian state border closure, organisers have decided to go ahead with the 40th Anniversary Down Under Jampot Rally featuring AJS and Matchless marques. The event will have its headquarters in Goulburn, New South Wales and will run from 30th October to 1st November, 2020. The entry form can be downloaded at www.ajsmatchless-australia.com.au and forwarded to rally secretary David deLapp. Accommodation can be reserved at the Goulburn South Caravan Park by calling (02) 4821 3233 or email your details and dates to goulburnsouthcp@southerncrossparks.com.au…