New­cas­tle Club dis­play

Old Bike Australasia - - THE LEWIS -

KEN TAY­LOR from New­cas­tle Vin­tage Mo­tor Cy­cle Club writes:

As a con­tin­u­ance of our fifti­eth an­niver­sary com­mem­o­ra­tion we have just con­cluded a two-week dis­play in the New­cas­tle Mu­seum run­ning from April 21st to May 3rd. We stole the idea from a story you ran last year of the sim­i­lar but much grander Dunedin Mu­seum fea­tur­ing the glass en­cased Brit­ten. Their ex­hi­bi­tion at­tracted sixty or was it eighty thou­sand view­ers over three months, ours, a more mod­est 5,533 over a much shorter pe­riod. Our ef­fort was as much as any­thing, to make the New­cas­tle public more aware of our ac­tiv­i­ties and it worked quite well at do­ing just that. We were sup­ported by four­teen of our club mem­bers who sup­plied the bikes, rang­ing from a 1912 BSA 500 to a 1984 700 Honda. While we could not boast any what some would say ex­otic ma­chines, the dis­play had a bal­ance and there were some out­stand­ing bikes on show. We were robbed of a few view­ing days be­cause of our mon­ster weather event at the be­gin­ning of the first week. That left us with six no-shows re­duc­ing our full com­ple­ment of bikes to thirty two in­stead of our promised thirty eight.

If there was a prize for the ‘pun­ters choice’, it would have gone to the 1923 Waratah which was re­stored to a point where it could be de­scribed as sim­ply el­e­gant. Apart from the lit­tle Aussie bat­tler, there was a Rudge Multi of re­gal ap­pear­ance be­side the one hun­dred and three years old BSA. Some won­der­ful Dou­gies, a lovely BSA Sloper, a mag­nif­i­cent 38 MSS Velo, a very nice 1956 ES2 Nor­ton, a su­perb Suzuki Hustler and an out­stand­ing 750 Suzuki “Wa­ter Bot­tle” and an equally out­stand­ing R90S BMW. In their own way, each and ev­ery bike did not look at all out of place in the grand old mu­seum build­ing. Our next ma­jor event will be our 50th Ju­bilee Rally sta­tring on Fri­day 21st and fin­ish­ing on Sun­day 23rd of Au­gust. For fur­ther info email... new­castlev­in­[email protected]­hoo.com.au For a video walk through at the New­cas­tle Mu­seum go to www.youtube.com/watch?v= JcBJjWLRur­Y&fea­ture=youtu.be

Here is a photo of Les Moore, the fa­ther of fu­ture dou­ble World Speed­way Cham­pion Ron­nie Moore, with his “Wall of Death” in the back­ground. This ap­par­ently was built in his backyard in Giblin Street, New­town Tas­ma­nia and was a popular at­trac­tion at...

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