Sam­ford Mu­seum Rally

Pine Rivers HMCCQ Sam­ford Mu­seum Run

Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS - Re­port and photos Gaven Dall’Osto

Got to love our Queens­land weather – some­times! Things started out over­cast and ex­cep­tion­ally hu­mid, evolv­ing to a few sprin­kles of rain (on and off) and then a del­uge in the af­ter­noon. If she were there, Dorothea Mackel­lar could have changed her poem to, “we love a hu­mid country, this land of Sam­ford plains, with ragged nearby Mt Glo­ri­ous, of heat and flood­ing rains.” We ex­pe­ri­enced it all on Aus­tralia day 2016. I was last to leave and like a few oth­ers, who left late, got a full drench­ing on the way home.

It was still a great event and again the Pine Rivers HMCCQ pro­vided sup­port to the an­nual Sam­ford Mu­seum fund raiser and cel­e­bra­tion. Around 30 mo­tor­cy­cles fronted up and again Brian Harmsworth li­aised with the Mu­seum, set up a tem­po­rary shel­ter, sup­plied a few chairs, an esky full of wa­ter and the Club ban­ner. There were a great va­ri­ety of mo­tor­cy­cles from Dave Dettmar’s 1914 Rover through to the ‘80s era. Dave spent most of his day with in­ter­ested vis­i­tors and drew a crowd with reg­u­lar recita­tions and start-ups. He went through ev­ery con­trol on the Rover in­clud­ing the ‘Town & Country’ muf­fler and ex­haust whis­tle which he demon­strated with plea­sure. One par­tic­u­lar lady spent quite some time eval­u­at­ing the Rover and a few other mo­tor­cy­cles. Fran­cis Welling­ton cur­rently de­liv­ers lit­er­a­ture into mail­boxes on a postie bike and was se­ri­ously con­tem­plat­ing an his­toric recre­ational mo­tor­cy­cle and per­haps even join­ing our Club. My Un­cle Cris was down from Townsville that week so I coaxed him to come to the Mu­seum for a look. He is not re­ally into bikes or cars but thor­oughly en­joyed the event. He was Vic Lancini’s ac­coun­tant in far north Queens­land many years ago. He knew of Vic’s love of bikes and his in­volve­ment with the, now de­funct, Keith Wil­liams Mo­tor Cy­cle col­lec­tion. Dave Dettmar told Cris that Vic vis­ited him many years ago re­gard­ing a Le­vis he wanted from Dave’s col­lec­tion. Dave never did sell it to him in the end.

The pub­lic in­ter­est in our bikes was again amaz­ing and well worth the ef­fort we go to each year. Mar­garet Hickey (long time Mu­seum vol­un­teer and ex-pres­i­dent) told me that even though the weather wasn’t ideal, there were enough peo­ple through the gate to sug­gest a suc­cess­ful day for the Mu­seum. The Mu­seum must also be ac­knowl­edged in show­ing their ap­pre­ci­a­tion by pro­vid­ing ex­hibit­ing clubs with morn­ing tea and a sausage on bread for lunch. Well done to all who came and many thanks to Brian for the or­gan­is­ing and sup­port.

Dave Dettmar fires up his 1914 Rover in front of an ap­pre­cia­tive au­di­ence.

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