Clas­sic Cob

From the shed

Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS - You can get in touch with Pete at... cob.smith@big­pond.com or call (02) 6553 9442 af­ter 7.00pm

The An­tique Mo­tor­cy­cle As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia pulled off a blinder for the week­end com­menc­ing noon Fri­day the 25th through to Sun­day the 27th Au­gust. This event is for all makes and mod­els of mo­tor­cy­cles, Amer­i­can, Bri­tish, Ja­panese so long as they were 35 years and older. It was ob­vi­ous upon my ar­rival that the army of vol­un­teers, un­der the guid­ance of their pres­i­dent Tony Blain, was very well or­gan­ised, friendly and ded­i­cated to en­sure that this event was go­ing to work. In fact it was a rip­per of a week­end. The num­ber of per­sons through the gate over the week­end ex­ceeded 3,000 and favourable com­ments were forth­com­ing in­di­cat­ing that th­ese en­thu­si­asts were keen to again at­tend next year. The date for that next event has al­ready been set at the same venue for the last week­end in Au­gust 2018. The lo­ca­tion, Bulli Show­ground, was ideal in that it pro­vided both in­door sites for sell­ing of parts and ma­chines as well as where the long awaited auc­tion was be­ing held. Out­doors there was a well set out swap meet area on the trotting track and camp­ing was avail­able on the in­field area of the grounds. Sem­i­nars were held which in­cluded Sil Los­ito fo­cus­ing on how to cre­ate a patina im­age with a display of ex­per­i­ments with paints, acids, flame and more. David Rei­die out­lined the back­ground and in­volve­ment of the Har­ley David­son ma­chines since the in­tro­duc­tion of the Rac­ing Se­ries by the com­pe­ti­tion depart­ment in 1929. Chris Zock dis­cussed the op­er­a­tion of mag­ne­tos and gen­er­a­tors, and what prob­lems can be en­coun­tered as well as the over­haul and main­te­nance of th­ese parts. Miro Rado­jcin and Brian Martin from Mag­num Mo­tor­cy­cles talked and gave a display on wheel build­ing. Adrian Veale gave a talk and display of mo­tor­cy­cle pho­tog­ra­phy. The Chief Judge of AMCA Amer­ica, Don Dzurick was in at­ten­dance and awarded recog­ni­tion awards for dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories. Mo­tor­cy­cles are judged on their re­spec­tive mer­its and not against each other. The orig­i­nal 1972 Honda scored ex­tremely well, as an un­touched orig­i­nal ma­chine. The sim­ple test for AMCA judg­ing is to com­pare the mo­tor­cy­cle with how it left the fac­tory. The auc­tion on Satur­day af­ter­noon saw sev­eral ma­chines sold at good prices. The first ma­chine sold was a small ca­pac­ity 1918 Model K In­dian two stroke which sold at $18,500. A 1940 4 cylin­der In­dian which ap­peared to be well re­stored sold for $102,500 with some ad­di­tional sell­ers fees added. Clas­sic Rac­ing iden­tity, Ken Lucas had a Match­less G50, AJS 7R and an early Manx Nor­ton in­cluded in the auc­tion, how­ever they failed to reach a re­serve. Those sell­ing at the swap meet sold well. One of those be­ing Paul Draper, phone 0434 104 881 whose spe­cialty is WLA parts as is Red­fern Mo­tor Parts, usu­ally based at Cor­ri­mal phone (02) 4284 6733. It is close to the Syd­ney Met­ro­pol­i­tan area which is lack­ing a sig­nif­i­cant event such as this ca­ter­ing for all mod­els, all makes and all brands of clas­sic, vin­tage and an­tique mo­tor­cy­cles 35 years and older. See you next is­sue, Pete

“I be­lieve that this event will go ahead and gain fur­ther mo­men­tum and be a ma­jor ‘must at­tend’ mo­tor­cy­cle event.”

ABOVE In­dian 4 fetched just over $100,000. BE­LOW Win­ner of the Peo­ple’s Choice Ricky Moss’s Mk11 Square Four Ariel.

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