Pre­ci­sion in­stru­ment

Old Bike Australasia - - OUT’N’ABOUT -

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.

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