Sweet swap meet

Old Bike Australasia - - CLASSIC COB -

This year’s Lai­d­ley Swap Meet on Oc­to­ber 25-26 was a cel­e­bra­tion of the 30th year since the in­au­gu­ral Gat­ton Motorcycle Swap. How­ever with the con­struc­tion of the new Aquatic Cen­tre at Gat­ton the or­gan­is­ers, the Toowoomba/Gat­ton Branch of the HMCQ were forced to move to Lai­d­ley last year, 2013. As­sis­tance was pro­vided this year by mem­bers of the War­wick Branch of the HMCQ. The aim of the or­gan­is­ers is to have a two-day event. Hav­ing be­ing in­volved in the one-day event at the Nabiac Au­to­mo­tive Swap Meet I can ap­pre­ci­ate the ex­tra ef­fort that has to be im­ple­mented to make the sec­ond day a work­able and worth­while propo­si­tion. The club is headed by the Chair­man Brian Holzi­gal and his off­sider Vice Chair­man Gra­ham Czis­lowski. Their stan­dard of or­gan­i­sa­tion is sec­ond to none with other club mem­bers, such as Kay and John Ham­mond, as well as Brian’s wife Ju­dith throw­ing in their work ef­forts in a well co­or­di­nated event. Food in­clud­ing the Satur­day evening meal was pro­vided by the Lai­d­ley Show So­ci­ety was as good as you could get any­where. The only thing that cre­ated some dis­com­fort was beyond the or­gan­is­ers’ con­trol, the stink­ing hot weather, es­pe­cially on the Sun­day. There were some 300 venders and with ap­prox­i­mately 2,000 buy­ers com­ing through the gates. For buy­ers the site sizes were very am­ple. Some good buys were had and I have been told that a BSA Rocket Gold Star sold in the early $30,000 mark. Bill Wil­liamson’s Vik­ing Clas­sics. How­ever the ma­jor give-away at­trac­tion for the week­end was the 1960 Model 50, 350cc Nor­ton drawn at 10.00am Sun­day. The win­ners had to be present and the first three draws had no re­sult as some peo­ple had ap­par­ently al­ready de­parted. Then James Desic was lucky to have his num­ber come up and he found that he was go­ing home with a new ma­chine.

It is an­tic­i­pated that next year there will be a Show & Shine on the Sun­day morn­ing with per­haps some tro­phies awarded for the var­i­ous cat­e­gories. Again another ma­chine will go to the holder of the “Lucky Gate Num­ber”. My ad­vice is that if you want a ma­chine for next to noth­ing that you stay for the ac­tion on the Sun­day as well.

It pays to stay un­til Sun­day. James Desic col­lects his prize – a Nor­ton Model 50.

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