Clas­sic Cob

From the shed

Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS -

It ap­pears that as many en­thu­si­asts get fur­ther and deeper in­volved in the mo­tor­cy­cle scene that they take it yet one fur­ther step and es­tab­lish their own mu­seum. Mostly ma­chines on dis­play are from a large cross sec­tion of var­i­ous makes from dif­fer­ent coun­tries. How­ever one dif­fer­ent ap­proach has been taken by Dar­ryl White, who on the 15th March this year opened a mu­seum at 419 New­man Rd, Gee­bung, Bris­bane for In­dian mo­tor­cy­cles only. Dar­ryl com­menced work on the mu­seum site in Novem­ber 2013. His pas­sion for the In­dian ma­chines is re­flected in the cre­ative ideas that have been im­ple­mented into the de­sign and lay­out of the premises. There are a num­ber of mu­rals of var­i­ous sizes and scenes show­ing these ma­chines. Dur­ing my visit I spoke briefly with Eric Henn, a well renowned pain­ter of large mu­rals in USA which in­cluded work un­der­taken for Pepsi Cola and other multi­na­tion­als. Dar­ryl had him come out to un­der­take this work at his mu­seum and the re­sults cer­tainly made it worth­while. Dar­ryl has made sev­eral trips to USA chas­ing ma­chines, parts and me­mora­bilia. His me­mora­bilia on dis­play is re­garded as one of the best and largest re­lat­ing to the In­dian ma­chines in the world. To cel­e­brate the open­ing of this mu­seum there were a num­ber rid­ers on In­dian ma­chines who de­parted from Mel­bourne with some additional en­thu­si­asts join­ing them at var­i­ous stages along the way. There were 17 rid­ers that ar­rived from this jour­ney tak­ing about 3 or 4 days each way with well known Vic­to­rian iden­tity Lind­say Urquhart driv­ing a backup ve­hi­cle. They in­cluded two Amer­i­cans, John Steel­man on a 1951 Chief and Larry Lewis on a 1947 Chief, a for­mer Alabama Po­lice ma­chine. The mu­seum is only open of a weekend from 9.00am to 4.00pm on Satur­day and 9.00am to 2.00pm on Sun­day. Ad­mis­sion is $15 for adults and chil­dren free. Dar­ryl can be con­tacted on (07) 3265 5567 or 0477 184 581.

ABOVE Eric Henn work­ing on the mu­ral at the new In­dian Mu­seum.

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