A land­mark goes

Old Bike Australasia - - OUT’N’ABOUT -

23 Eus­ton Road Alexan­dria has been a mo­tor­cy­cle work­shop for more than half a century. Orig­i­nally the two-storey build­ing was the work­shop for Tom Byrne to ser­vice the bikes sold through their show­room in Went­worth Av­enue, Syd­ney, and was in­hab­ited by the likes of Don Wil­son and Tony Hat­ton, among many other me­chan­ics who have passed through the place. As Brett Rosen­thal wrote in a re­cent email, the present ten­ants, Syd­ney Mo­tor­cy­cle Wreck­ers, are clos­ing the doors soon. “This is the last in­ner city wreck­ers/work­shop in Syd­ney. This still has the creaky wooden floor along with lift that the me­chan­ics at Byrnes used to take bikes up top to work on. The busi­ness used to be owned by Rus­sell White who at one stage had 3 shops in Syd­ney. This was scaled back to one in Went­worth Ave for some years then it was sold 15 years ago and they moved to Eus­ton Road. Rus­sell was a bit of a char­ac­ter, he made some money out of the wreck­ing busi­ness, enough to park his Fer­rari out the front of the shop in Went­worth Ave. I am still friends with Mick Len­drum who used to be man­ager at the shop, where I met first him. I would say the place may be torn down as it has white ant is­sues with the tim­ber floors/beams and up­stairs is sup­ported by big tim­ber posts. Jay, the owner, is scal­ing back and mov­ing the busi­ness to the Hornsby area.”

ABOVE (L-R) Gary Mid­dle­ton, Ed Cross and Greg Ri­d­ley; Don Newell and John War­rian; Ge­off Howie and Des Leach.

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