Lights, cam­era, ac­tion!

Old Bike Australasia - - OUT’N’ABOUT -

GAVEN DALL’OSTO has been out with his cam­era again. The hard work­ing team at the In­dian Mo­tor­cy­cle Mu­seum of Australia in Bris­bane gave Ru­dolf and the other rein­deers the night off re­cently. Santa hitched a ride to the Bracken Ridge Tav­ern with Dar­ryl and Donna White on their suit­ably dec­o­rated In­dian out­fit where he de­liv­ered presents to the pa­trons on 20th De­cem­ber. The Whites have a good re­la­tion­ship with the Tav­ern and even have a few In­di­ans on per­ma­nent dis­play there. If you are in the area pop in for a look and a beer. The story doesn’t end here though. This year the Mu­seum de­cided to go mad and dec­o­rate the whole premises in the spirit of Christ­mas. Ev­ery year ra­dio sta­tion 4KQ run a com­pe­ti­tion for the best Christ­mas lights in Bris­bane. The lights are only part of the ef­fort as each com­pet­ing venue is ad­ver­tised and ev­ery night bus­loads of vis­i­tors turn up to check out the dis­plays. That meant af­ter work each day the White fam­ily and friends had to open up the Mu­seum, dress up in Santa suits, greet the vis­i­tors and hand out fly­ers un­til 10pm. This in­cluded Christ­mas Eve when Dar­ryl also ar­ranged a fire en­gine and po­lice car to turn up for the kids. On my visit the word ‘al­co­hol’ was sug­gested as ther­apy af­ter the crowds went home. Con­grat­u­la­tions to The In­dian Mo­tor­cy­cle Mu­seum of Australia for win­ning the 4KQ Best Com­mer­cial Small Busi­ness Award for 2014. Well done for do­ing that bit ex­tra for the wider com­mu­nity.

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