The house of Hughie

Old Bike Australasia - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

I re­ally en­joyed read­ing “Mem­o­ries of Tom and Hughie” in OBA 59, hav­ing dealt with All­parts and Mo­towreck­ers many times in my youth. A friend worked at All­parts prior to se­cur­ing a plumb­ing ap­pren­tice­ship, and got on par­tic­u­larly well with Hughie Hamer, not quite so with Tom Syer. I learned a valu­able les­son on one of my early vis­its, feel­ing I knew Tom enough to say “but you know me, I come in here all the time”. He replied, “mate, I see hun­dreds of peo­ple ev­ery week, so I can’t re­mem­ber every­one”. Of course, I still re­ceived good ser­vice from him. On an­other visit, I asked Hughie Hamer if he could help with valves, guides and springs for a 1948 Match­less 500 sin­gle, dif­fer­ent from later mod­els as 1948 had coil springs and 1949 on had hair­pins. No, he couldn’t help me there, so I left empty-handed. Some time later, af­ter be­ing served by Tom, he asked if I needed any­thing else, and I re­peated the re­quest for the valves etc, adding “but All­parts don’t have them”. Taken aback, Tom said to come back in a few

days and he’d see what he could find. Next trip, there they were, and at a rea­son­able price. Across the road at “Mo­towreck­ers”, Hughie Dun­lop also of­ten asked for a few days for some­thing un­usual or rare, which was gen­er­ally ac­cepted. I re­call one young lad re­spond­ing with “but I have to have it to­day”, Hughie’s an­swer be­ing “come to think of it mate, I got rid of the last of them last week”. Dur­ing my time in the Vet­eran and Vin­tage Club, I asked about bits for a flat tank AJS, Hughie re­ply­ing “don’t tell me you’ve caught that dis­ease, too?” Good peo­ple and good times! Trevor Hen­der­son Christie Downs, SA

Hughie Dun­lop’s mo­tor­cy­cle spares – Flin­ders street Ade­laide. (Photo sent by Richard Geyer)

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