Shielas and sheds

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Re­cently I read your ed­i­to­rial in OBA 39 ‘ Save our Sheds’. Be­ing a part­ner (the fe­male kind) of a mo­tor cy­cle restora­tion en­thu­si­ast I would strongly and vig­or­ously dis­agree (in the friendli­est way) with the reader who sug­gested there was a ‘creep/shift’ away from main­tain­ing, rid­ing and restor­ing mo­tor­cy­cles them­selves. I live in the deep­est part of the South Is­land New Zealand in a lit­tle sea side town called River­ton and have en­cour­aged and given my part­ner free reign to re­store away to his heart’s con­tent, and in turn has taught me how to main­tain and re­pair my cur­rent mo­tor­cy­cle. It started with the project of an old In­dian Scout sit­ting in a mil­lion dusty parts on a sheet on the floor of the lounge (big house). I en­joyed the per­for­mance be­tween user man­ual, on­line or­der­ing parts, the fit­ting and re­fit­ting and note-tak­ing, so the In­dian never made it out of the lounge un­til fairly much fin­ished. The In­dian has been run­ning for about 6-9 months now and is rid­den reg­u­larly, in­spir­ing lots of con­ver­sa­tion and mo­ti­vat­ing many oth­ers to progress or start projects. Re­cently, Brent (my part­ner) ever the thinker de­signed an ad­justable work bench out of an old hospi­tal bed which piv­ots, tilts and wheels around. I was cu­ri­ous of this new de­vel­op­ment in the garage (shed), then fol­lowed the Nor­ton Com­mando in bits and the an­nounce­ment that this one was for me! Well it’s al­most there and I have at­tached the pho­tos for you to see my new ‘café racer’ which I adore – a com­pletely re­designed/re­stored by Brent in the small space of our home garage.

Restora­tion is alive and well in this part of the world but I am par­tic­u­larly proud of my very cleaver part­ner who is such a thinker and can put it all to­gether like a beau­ti­ful piece of art work and have the fi­nal prod­uct hum­ming. Lynn Grace New Zealand rounded up the Honda from the Esses in the clos­ing stages fol­low­ing a race long scrap to ul­ti­mately cross the fin­ish line by a very mea­gre mar­gin in sec­ond po­si­tion. Peter also con­firmed an­other state­ment made by Alan that Bob Git­sham had pre­vi­ously raced that 500 Matchy with­out a lot of suc­cess for a short pe­riod. Don’t know what be­came of it but Derry Greenek­lee ad­mits to once own­ing the re­moved close ra­tio box out of the old Matchy. Brian Kuer­schner Sum­mer­town, SA

RIGHT Brent with his home­re­stored In­dian and his lat­est project, a Com­mando Café Racer (in­set).

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