Ja­panese Cus­toms

Old Bike Australasia - - SCHIRMER 7R AJS -

Mel­bourne’s Clas­sic & Cus­tom Ja­panese Mo­tor­cy­cle Club’s first an­nual get-to­gether was a huge suc­cess, re­ports DEREK PICKARD. On a hot March day in the south­ern cap­i­tal, they com­bined with the Aus­trian Club to try out the new venue for mo­tor­cy­cle club events. The re­sult was over 140 bikes and 500 people at­tended. 65 bikes en­tered the dis­play com­pe­ti­tion. Lo­cated in Heidelberg, it was the first time the Aus­trian Club had opened its ex­cel­lent fa­cil­i­ties to a mo­tor­ing event and the ven­ture im­pressed ev­ery­one. The bikes lined up on the lawns while the vis­i­tors en­joyed true Aus­trian hos­pi­tal­ity in the form of tra­di­tional beer and food from the many out­door build­ings. As well as the rows of Ja­panese bikes, the event was also at­tended by clas­sics made in UK, Europe and the USA.

Or­gan­iser, Phil Watkins, said: “We pub­li­cised it only lo­cally by so­cial me­dia and still we got a great turn-up. Our mem­bers with clas­sic and cus­tom Ja­panese mo­tor­cy­cles were de­lighted with the day. I have to also thank the Aus­trian Club for open­ing up their first class venue for what I’m sure will be many mo­tor­ing club events. It’s a great place for a great day. In putting on what we did it was the way I wanted to get away from the tra­di­tional bike shows which are mainly in a pad­dock with few or no ameni­ties. Our event had rea­son to bring the fam­ily as it was very child and food friendly with a fan­tas­tic club­house for those who pre­ferred an in­door bar, cafe and restau­rant. The CCJMC will be back next year. This is just the first of many.” Con­tacts: Phil Watkins 0418 331 979 Fritz Reit­erer (03) 9459 8686.

Lined up out­side the Aus­trian Club are (L-R): Peter Sher­ing­ham (1982 Suzuki GSX1100 cus­tom), Fritz Reit­erer (Aus­trian Club Pres­i­dent), Phil Watkins (CCJMC or­gan­iser) and Paul Han­d­ley (1974 Suzuki GT550 clas­sic).

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