Bris­bane Expo draws the crowds

Old Bike Australasia - - OUT’N’ABOUT -

GAVEN DALL’OSTO went along to the Bris­bane Mo­tor­cy­cle Expo held on 21st-23rd March. Here are his im­pres­sions and a few snaps. It has been a while since Bris­bane has had a Mo­tor Show, let alone a Mo­tor­cy­cle Show. The HMCCQ has dis­played bikes at past events held at the Bris­bane Con­ven­tion Cen­tre. En­ter Troy Bayliss Events. Bris­bane was cho­sen as the first ‘Moto Expo’ and the Bris­bane Ex­hi­bi­tion Ground as the venue. The vi­sion was to have tra­di­tional dis­plays of the lat­est and great­est of the ma­jor man­u­fac­tur­ers but also to make the show dy­namic. Thus he added test rides, freestyle mo­tocross, stunt rid­ers, tri­als ex­hi­bi­tions, test rides, kiddy moto train­ing, and the ‘Baylis­stic Scram­ble Team Chal­lenge’, which saw the rein­car­na­tion of the main area at the Ex­hi­bi­tion Grounds to speed­way type ac­tion which has long dis­ap­peared. Troy wel­comed rep­re­sen­ta­tion from the his­toric an­gle, re­quest­ing 10 bikes for dis­play. I made in­quiries to my fel­low HMCCQ mem­bers and was overwhelme­d with an en­thu­si­as­tic re­ply. Top of my list was John Fin­glas’s dirt track racer. I knew that John had bought his beloved Matchy new, mod­i­fied it, raced it at the Ex­hi­bi­tion Speed­way and still owned it. The rest of the se­lec­tion was based on var­i­ous decades of mo­tor­cy­cles, var­i­ous types (road, out­fit, race) and var­i­ous coun­tries of man­u­fac­ture. The re­sult was: Don Ni­col’s 1911Truimp­h TT Racer, Soapie Sin­clair’s 1913 Bal­main Pre­ci­sion, Soapie Sin­clair’s 1914 In­dian 8 Valve board track racer, Ian Rennie’s 1918 Ex­cel­sior Su­per X, Ian Rennie’s 1929 In­dian 402 out­fit, Neal Bolam’s 1942 Har­ley David­son Model U, My 1950 AJS Model 18, Ralph Roles’ 1955 R50 BMW, John Fin­glas’s 1959 Match­less dirt track Racer, Ian Dal­limore’s 1962 Har­ley David­son/Aer­ma­c­chi Ala Verde, Don Ni­col’s 1973 Tri­umph X 75 Hur­ri­cane. The re­sul­tant dis­play gen­er­ated a lot of in­ter­est from the pub­lic and we talked our­selves hoarse by the end of each day. Other old bikes were dis­played by the His­toric Speed­way As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia who had 7 bikes on dis­play. No­table bikes they dis­played were: Ray An­drieux’s won­der­fully re­stored Vin­cent HRD Side­car which he had raced at the RNA; John Len­non had re­cently pur­chased a 1926 AJS GR7 from Paul Reed. Paul re­stored the bike which had been raced by Tony Ba­tros (Coota­mundra, NSW) and is be­lieved to be the old­est ac­tive dirt track bike in Aus­tralia; a Wes­lake, with large metal flake Union Jack paint­work as raced in the UK by Syd­neysider Brett Saun­ders; a mag­nif­i­cent Ex­cel­sior JAP and a beau­ti­ful ESO. The main fea­ture of the event for most was the Baylis­stic Chal­lenge. The ac­tion had us all smil­ing as these guys were play­ing for keeps. Four teams raced heats for points to find the even­tual win­ners. The teams were cap­tained by Troy him­self, Stephen Gall, Paul Caslick and Chris Ver­meu­lan. Paul’s team was to be the even­tual vic­tors. Be­tween the rac­ing, there were a few demon­stra­tion laps by Ja­son Crump on his World Cham­pi­onship-win­ning Jawa, an all-girl race, and a group of young kids did sev­eral laps much to the de­light of the crowd. Be­tween seven and eight thou­sand people were in at­ten­dance for the side­ways ac­tion which may be a sig­nal to bring back Speed­way to the Ekka. The Expo saw an es­ti­mated 16,000 vis­i­tors over the three days and in my eyes was a great event. It was a joy to have some­thing to cheer about given all the bad press on mo­tor­cy­clists over the last year. Many thanks to my fel­low HMCCQ ex­hibitors and those that helped put the dis­play. I was hum­bled by the will­ing­ness from ev­ery­one who went out of their way to help in so many ways.

ABOVE HMCCQ dis­play. LEFT John Len­non’s ex-Paul Reed Big Port AJS.

Rac­ing re­turned to the Ekka in front of a healthy crowd.

Soapie Sin­clair’s 1913 Bal­main Pre­ci­sion. Aus­tralian made and the only one left.

Don Nicols’ 1911 Tri­umph TT racer – one of two in the world.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.