HART’S 100 Show
100 Years of Motorcycling
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.