In­verell Trans­port Mu­seum

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In­verell, in north western NSW, has a rich mo­tor­cy­cling his­tory, and this his­tory is now cel­e­brated as part of the Na­tional Trans­port Mu­seum. A large sec­tion of the mu­seum is de­voted to a dis­play by the In­verell Mo­tor­cy­cle Re­stor­ers Club, and pres­i­dent Peter Bates takes up the story. “The ‘shed’ in the dis­play is the re­sult of an idea from one of our mem­bers, Mick O’Brien, and was gen­er­ated by my pur­chase of a 1930s MAC Ve­lo­cette which was in a very run down con­di­tion, hav­ing spent most of its re­tire­ment un­der a house in Syd­ney. The end re­sult was a replica of an old work­shop made of cor­ru­gated iron and other ma­te­ri­als do­nated from var­i­ous farms, in­clud­ing old fence pal­ings, weath­ered planks and rusty hinges. In­side the work­shop we in­stalled hid­den soft light­ing, which tends to high­light the greasy over­alls and oily rags. We went to great ef­fort not to dis­turb dust or cob­webs on some of the do­nated ar­ti­cles to re­tain rea­son­able au­then­tic­ity. A shin­gle at the front of the work­shop reads, ‘Col Schu­man – Mo­tor­cy­cle Me­chanic – All Pom­mie Makes Ser­viced’. The work­shop is a val­ued ad­di­tion to the Na­tional Trans­port Mu­seum set amongst an ex­ten­sive dis­play of mo­tor­cy­cles and mo­tor­cy­cle mem­o­ra­bilia.” Lo­cal Terry O’Brien, an A Grade racer from the pe­riod and a Ve­lo­cette man, said Ve­lo­cettes made an ideal Club­man ma­chine suitable for road rac­ing, scram­bles and short cir­cuit rac­ing. “Many no­table riders com­peted on a MAC dur­ing their for­ma­tive years, in­clud­ing Bob Brown, Roy East, Ray Ver­non and Tam­worth’s Harry Pyne. As­sem­bled prop­erly, a MAC was ut­terly re­li­able and rel­a­tively cheap to main­tain.” The Na­tional Trans­port Musuem is at 11 Ri­fle Range Road, In­verell and is open ev­ery day ex­cept Christ­mas day from 10am to 4pm. For en­quiries call (02) 67212270 or see­tion­al­trans­port­mu­


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