HART’S 100 Show

100 Years of Mo­tor­cy­cling

Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS - Re­port Brian Forth Pho­tos Paul Knapp and Rob Lewis

Lew Hyl­ton and other mem­bers of the Clas­sic Own­ers Club or­gan­ised and as­sem­bled a large gath­er­ing of vet­eran, vin­tage and clas­sic mo­tor­cy­cles to be dis­played in the com­plex of the his­toric Hart’s Mill in Port Ade­laide, cov­er­ing 100 years of mo­tor­cy­cling. On talk­ing to Lew, he said at first mem­bers of his own club doubted if he could get around 50 mo­tor­cy­cles for the dis­play and it would be “an em­bar­rass­ment to the Clas­sic Own­ers MC”. Firstly he had to find many vol­un­teers to as­sist him with this project, and then over many months of ad­ver­tis­ing and ne­go­ti­at­ing with var­i­ous in­ter­ested par­ties to en­tice them to dis­play mo­tor­cy­cles at this ex­trav­a­ganza. About 153 mo­tor­cy­cles were promised and de­liv­ered to the mill, the old­est a 1903 Columbia, through to the 1990s.

On Fri­day 15th the first mo­tor­cy­cles be­gan to ar­rive at the mill where vol­un­teers were seen writ­ing up in­for­ma­tion fly­ers for each, as­sist­ing the move­ment of mo­tor­cy­cles into the build­ing and placed roughly into chrono­log­i­cal order. Lew said, “All day Fri­day and into the evening there was a mad scram­ble to place ev­ery mo­tor­cy­cle in year build order, erect the bunt­ing and then fi­nally sit back wait­ing for the big day to come.” Many mem­bers of VVMCCSA namely Paul Knapp, Leon Mitchell, Brian Kuer­schner, Robert Gill, Terry Rowe, Peter Ar­riola, Robert El­liot, Brian Forth, David Hol­brook, Bruce Col­well and Ray Collins sup­plied mo­tor­cy­cles. The state Min­is­ter of Trans­ports Stephen Mul­li­gan and En­field/Port Ade­laide Mayor Garry Jo­hans­son opened the ex­hi­bi­tion, then Lew gave them a guided tour of the dis­play which was well ap­pre­ci­ated by the ex­hibitors. Lew, thank you for your time and ef­fort in the or­gan­i­sa­tion of this event. We re­al­ize it was a daunt­ing ex­er­cise and the num­ber of mo­tor­cy­cles on dis­play and the num­bers of the public who vis­ited the dis­play in­di­cated that the ex­er­cise was worth ev­ery bit of heartache and stress it gave you and your team.

ABOVE In­side the Mill: a trip back in time. BE­LOW Beauty and the beast.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.