The chang­ing face

Of The Strip

Old Bike Australasia - - OUT’N’ABOUT -

El­iz­a­beth Street, Mel­bourne, has of­fi­cially been the city’s mo­tor­cy­cle hub since 1903. Over the years many firms have come and gone, but the streetscap­e is still dot­ted with familiar names and busi­nesses. MAU­RICE AUSTIN, whose back­ground un­til re­tire­ment was in the print­ing in­dus­try, has al­ways been a keen pho­tog­ra­pher and sup­plied us with some evoca­tive images from days past on ‘The strip”. Thanks to Mau­rice for th­ese won­der­ful images.

OLD BIKE AUS­TRALA­SIA :

BE­LOW & RIGHT An­other view of the ‘eight­ies rally. BE­LOW LEFT A lit­tle fur­ther up the street, with Lon­don Trad­ing (later to be­come the Arai hel­met im­porters) at 334. Next door is Gearco/Camco – an­other arm of the di­verse All­parts or­gan­i­sa­tion that...

Mo­tor­cy­cles and mo­tor­cy­clists of all kinds gather for a rally in the mid ‘eight­ies. Mo­dak is in its present po­si­tion at 299, while next door at 303, Har­ley Heaven is go­ing strong.

RIGHT Prob­a­bly early ‘sev­en­ties. Note the new XS1 Yamaha in the win­dow of Yamaha City, and how the Yamaha let­ters have sim­ply been pasted over the for­mer Bul­taco sign. Mo­dak Mo­tor­cy­cles is now at 299 El­iz­a­beth Street, not 344, and no longer sells...

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