Sem­i­nal Vespa

Old Bike Australasia - - BLOW YOUR OWN -

Here is a photo (above) of Sam Jamieson on the first Vespa in Aus­tralia. As owner and di­rec­tor, with his broth­ers, of the air­line Guinea Air Traders, he bought mi­grants, in­clud­ing from Italy, into Aus­tralia be­fore the Com­mon­wealth en­forced the rule that only the Com­mon­wealth car­rier could do so. There was a fa­mous stand off at Dar­win air­port over Jamieson bring­ing in mi­grants, which ul­ti­mately led to the air­line be­ing fined. The photo from 1948 shows Jamieson sit­ting on the first Vespa in front of one of his planes. Peter Shannon Ta­ree, NSW

ABOVE Les Moore work­ing on his Rudge at a beach race. Ly­ing on the sand next to him is an­other well known Club­man racer, Lionel ‘Snowy’ Hart.

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