Sweet swap meet
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.