BRIAN FORTH reports... In the Adelaide Advertiser on 14th August, 2017 there was a photo of three young children with an old Precision motorcycle, taken in 1978. I made a number of enquiries and came up with the story and history of the bike, which I believe could now be in Victoria. This bike (a 1917 Precision Big 4 1000cc) was once used by the father of Doug Burton a local of Mt Bryan. His father was a shearer and rode the bike from shearing shed to shearing shed until finally it was dumped in the rubbish tip. Then along came Ron Truscott and Graham Flavel, members of VVMCCSA looking for old motorcycles. They spoke to a local named Stan Hucks – also of Mt Bryan – and asked him to keep a look out for them. Ron soon received a call from Stan who had found the remains of an old bike that no one could identify, so they collected it and conveyed it to Adelaide. When it arrived, Rex Eckert’s (of VVMCCSA) children Geoff, Allison and Allan (with Mrs Eckert in the background) were photographed with the bike, which was revealed to be a Precision. The bike then found it way to Bob Jones (another VVMCCSA member) who restored it and rode it for a time before selling it on. Thanks to VVMCCSA members Bob Jones, Dean Govan, Terry Parker, Phil Jenner and many more members and friends for this information.
The Precision as found after being brought to Adelaide. In the photo are Mrs Rex Eckert (background) and her children Geoff, Allison and Allan. The Precision after restoration by Bob Jones. The model has unique square finning for the heads and barrels.