Samford Museum Rally
Pine Rivers HMCCQ Samford Museum Run
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.