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Old Bike Australasia Issue 91

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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.
shannos sydney moves into new hq

Shannons Sydney have recently moved into a newly fitted out and significantly larger stand-alone auction showroom and insurance headquarters in the high profile Lower North Shore. The relocation to Shannons new Artarmon home comes after 19 years at its existing, nearby St. Leonards showroom. It offers much better access and improved facilities for its insurance and classic vehicle auction customers. The new building at 22 Lambs Road, is three times the size of the current facility the Showroom can accommodate more than 50 vehicles. With easy access off the M1 Freeway, it consists of a nicely finished showroom incorporating the latest audio-visual technology to host live auctions, a clubroom design for car club usage and a brand gallery / café area that is expected to become a new meeting hub for Sydney motoring…

2 min.
editor’s lettere

Now, where were we? Oh yes, I remember. This time last year I was rabbiting on about a bloated calendar full of classic rallies, historic race meetings, a couple of trips across the ditch to keep abreast of Kiwi capers… the usual sort of stuff. But then, wham, sock, ka-pow! Almost overnight, everything changed. For anyone over 100 years old, it was like being back in the days of the Spanish Flu, except that this COVID-19 thing hit instantly, and hard. And the counter measures also hit instantly, and hard. Businesses shut their doors, and some have never reopened. Like many newsagents for example. From our point of view, it was a case of pressing on under difficult circumstances, but now, three-quarters of a year later, we are able to look back and…

10 min.
letters to the editor

A missing ‘S’ Re the Puch sold at the Shannons August auction. It is in fact an SGSS not an SGS. The difference is quite massive. There are rumoured to be less than 100 SGSS Puchs today. The SGSS was a factory replica racer based on the ISDT bikes of the 1950s and early 1960s. A person had to buy an SGS before they could buy the kit and so the bikes cost nearly double the price of a basic SGS model. What did you get for the money? First of all there was an aluminium barrel with Nikasil liner. Twin carburettor intakes and twin exhaust. Then the aluminium head with twin spark plugs (different thread and different reach). The carburettors were 34mm, modified type 289 Amals and stamped PUCH. Bigger than…

4 min.
out in the shed

A curious trophy Graham ‘Soapy’ Sinclair was good enough to send me photos of a trophy (right) awarded at the Isle of Man. The inscription reads, “Auto-Cycle Union 1952 Lightweight Race. 125cc B.M.C.R.C. W.A.C. McCANDLESS. A.I. PARRY. C UBBIALI.” Editor Jim was able to clarify the details. He tells me that the Ultra Lightweight in 1952 was won by Cecil Sandford on a M.V. which was their first TT win. In second place was Carlo Ubbiali with 3rd and 4th going to Len Parry and Cromie McCandless, each on Mondials. This trophy then would be the team prize to Mondial. McCandless being the brother of Rex who created the Norton Featherbed frame. Graham obtained this trophy from the late Neil Donnelly who operated a small motorcycle business in Cleveland, Brisbane. Speedway pioneers Last…

1 min.
eastern creek historic returns for 2021

To the great relief of Historic Racing riders and fans in New South Wales, the Post Classic Racing Association of NSW has announced that the Old Bike Australasia Classic Challenge will take place on 19th – 21st March, 2021 at Sydney Motor Sport Park. Club spokesman Ken Lindsay says, “It will be a bit lower key in terms of no trade stands etc., however it will be a full program for all classes. There will be more than 50 events, covering all historic categories, plus sidecars, Buckets and pre Modern. Over the next few weeks we will be having discussions on a few different options and making plans to move forward with this event. It is hoped The Old Bike Australasia Classic Challenge will be the forerunner of a much…

2 min.
have a pheasant weekend and save historic racing

An innovation for 2021 is a much-needed boost to Historic Racing in NSW – an All Historic Race meeting from 10th – 12th September 2021. This will cater for pre-1963 Motorcycles and Sidecars and Pre-1961 Sports and Racing cars. Extensive improvements have been made to the site of the former driver training facility to allow uninterrupted views of the entire track from many spectator viewing areas. There will be a private practice on Friday 10th September 2021. Practice for all groups will commence at 9am on Saturday 11th with racing from 1pm Saturday and from 9am Sunday. Free entry to the pit area to closely inspect the Historic machines will be a feature of the weekend. Camping is available nearby at the Bungonia National Park, or there are plenty of accommodation…