Rare rac­ers un­der the ham­mer

Old Bike Australasia - - OUT ’N’ ABOUT -

Mel­bourne auc­tion house Moss­green has listed two in­ter­est­ing rac­ing mo­tor­cy­cles for its Oc­to­ber 18 sale at its premises in High Street, Ar­madale. Both bikes are owned by Ken Lu­cas from Wan­garatta, whose sta­ble in­cludes many mouth-wa­ter­ing ma­chines.

The Manx Nor­ton out­fit was built in the early ‘six­ties by Stan Bayliss and raced suc­cess­fully by him for a num­ber of years. It won the 1964 Ju­nior Side­car Queens­land Grand Prix at Lakeside and Moss­green es­ti­mate a sale price of $50,000 – $60,000. The sec­ond ma­chine is a replica of the 1938 works 500cc Ve­lo­cette that ended up in New Zealand af­ter spend­ing some time in Aus­tralia, where the en­gine had blown up com­pre­hen­sively. Rod Coleman had pat­terns made to recre­ate the en­gine, with the cast­ings ma­chined by the late Bob Jolly in South Aus­tralia.

The replica KTT frame, petrol and oil tanks and forks were made by Steve Roberts in NZ. For fur­ther de­tails, con­tact Ni­cole Ken­ning on (03) 9508 8888, or you can email Ni­cole at Ni­cole.ken­[email protected]­green.com.au

Ken Lu­cas with his 500cc Ve­lo­cette.

The Manx Nor­ton out­fit was built in the early ‘six­ties by Stan Bayliss.

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