Ray Owen Show

Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS - Re­port and pho­tos Gaven Dall’Osto

2014 saw another new venue for the Ray Owen Clas­sic Bike Show and Swap. The weather was spec­tac­u­lar and the rolling green hills of the Ca­nun­gra show­grounds pro­vided a won­der­ful back­drop to the event. Ray him­self took along some of his col­lec­tion for dis­play and was also re­warded with a tro­phy as spon­sor Beanz Cof­fee’s choice for his 1913 Wil­liamson out­fit. Ray and his ex­tended fam­ily al­ways make a huge ef­fort on the day and Ray was to be seen talk­ing to many of his fans, young and old, as he won­dered around look­ing at the bikes on show. This year saw 75 bikes en­tered in 8 cat­e­gories. Tro­phies and prizes were also given for Peo­ple’s Choice and by each of the spon­sors of the event. The owner of spon­sor, Cal­i­for­nia Cus­toms also dis­played a lovely group of his own 70’s Ja­panese col­lec­tion. Shark’s Leathers and Qld. Hy­drob­last also pro­vided prizes to their choices of the day. There were 700 vis­i­tors and sur­pris­ingly 300 votes were re­ceived for the Peo­ple’s Choice cat­e­gory. Bike of the Show went to Soapie Sin­clair for his im­mac­u­late 1914 In­dian, 8 valve board track racer. It also won the Peo­ple’s Choice Tro­phy.

All in all it was a fan­tas­tic day. Well done to the Ray him­self, spon­sors, ex­hibitors and the tro­phy win­ners. The big­gest thanks must be ex­tended to the vol­un­teers largely from the Mount Tam­bourine area of the HMCCQ.

Harold De­war with his 1913 350cc Sun­beam, win­ner of Best vet­eran.

Mathew Turner’s 1982 Moto Guzzi V50 won Best Com­pe­ti­tion.

Bike of the Show. Soapie Sin­clair’s 1914 In­dian, 8 valve board track racer.

For­mer holder of the Aus­tralian Land Speed Record, Bert Flood’s 360cc Bul­taco-pow­ered stream­liner.

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