From the shed

Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS -

Once again the Goul­burn Clas­sic Rid­ers Club have con­ducted an­other suc­cess­ful mo­tor­cy­cle-only swap meet. This swap caters for mo­tor­cy­cle en­thu­si­asts and has no bric-a-brac or other un­wor­thy items on sale. A host of traders turned up and oc­cu­pied some 254 sites on Satur­day 16th, and to trade on 17th Jan­uary. Light rain fell on the Satur­day af­ter­noon but the Sun­day cleared for a great day and re­sulted in some 1,600 buy­ers at­tend­ing. Prof­its have gone to the Col­lec­tor His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety to as­sist in the erec­tion of a mon­u­ment in recog­ni­tion of the first Aus­tralian TT in 1914. This swap is gath­er­ing a great rep­u­ta­tion, so much so that traders come from far afield as Vic­to­ria and Queens­land. One such Queens­land vis­i­tor was Gra­ham “Soapy” Sin­clair. He had three ma­chines for sale. The first was a 1913 New Hud­son on which a de­posit was taken and is yet to be col­lected by the pur­chaser. The other two con­sisted of a 1924 South­ern Cross, which had been re­stored sev­eral years ago by well known Queens­land iden­tity Ray Owen. He also had a 1936 V Twin AJS which was also re­stored. Th­ese last two men­tioned ma­chines did not sell on the day and Gra­ham can be con­tacted on 0418 711 405. He also had a very in­ter­est­ing front wheel which al­though sev­eral of­fers were made he de­clined to ac­cept. How­ever it proved to be a good at­trac­tion and talk­ing point. This is a 10 and a quar­ter inch front brake with 4 lead­ing shoes on each side. Gra­ham tells me that it was made by Cer­ham Mackay Au­to­mo­tive (C.M.A.) in con­junc­tion with Dave De­gens of Dresda Tri­ton fame. De­gens had them fit­ted to en­durance rac­ing ma­chines; in fact his bikes with th­ese fit­ted won Barcelona 24 hour race in 1965 and again in 1970. An­other trader had a par­tially re­stored ma­chine for sale. This was a 1934 J11 V Twin BSA which would make a wor­thy pro­ject bike for some en­thu­si­ast to com­plete. Not sold on the day but an in­quirer did make the pur­chase the fol­low­ing day. The seller ad­vised me that he had re­built the mo­tor with new big ends, had chain cases and tool box made, new bushes and spin­dles for the girder forks as well as new bot­tom rails in the frame. He had been grad­u­ally un­der­tak­ing this restora­tion for the past five or six years but de­cided to sell to as­sist in the pur­chase of a 750 Y13 V Twin BSA.

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