Clas­sic Cob

From the shed

Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS -

The older us mo­tor­cy­clists get the quicker we think we are. When a prang hap­pens mod­ern medical pro­ce­dures can fix vir­tu­ally any bro­ken bones or stitch up the torn tis­sues; not a prob­lem and it is these in­ci­dents that are bragged about at the next rally or so­cial gath­er­ing. Some claim to have more frac­tures and pins than the late Grand Prix rider Barry Sheene. How­ever what is not read­ily spo­ken about and re­mains well con­cealed are those is­sues that are go­ing on emo­tion­ally. Blokes es­pe­cially, over the years have been re­luc­tant to ex­pose that side of them­selves, be­liev­ing that to do so may leave them vul­ner­a­ble. The be­lief has been that the im­age has to be main­tained oth­er­wise oth­ers may think less of them. Most of us have been im­pacted by the death, be it sud­den or oth­er­wise of a good rid­ing mate, a rel­a­tive or work col­league. Di­vorce with cus­tody dis­putes or work­place re­dun­dan­cies can bring on trauma that has a dev­as­tat­ing im­pact. It is then that most have been re­luc­tant to seek help and just dig them­selves deeper and deeper into the big black hole. Ac­cord­ing to the Black Dog In­sti­tute site 1 in 5 Aus­tralians live in de­pres­sion or anx­i­ety mak­ing some 3 mil­lion of the pop­u­la­tion. Eight take their lives each day mak­ing ap­prox­i­mately 3,000 each year. The role of the Black Dog group is to break down the bar­ri­ers and en­cour­age those suf­fer­ing to seek help.

In April this year whilst in Vic­to­ria I vis­ited Yar­ram to make a visit to Pud’s Four Parts where the pro­pri­etor An­drew Barker spe­cialises in SOHC Honda ma­chines and parts. Whilst there An­drew showed me a 350 Honda 4 that is one of three ma­chines to be raf­fled in aid of the Black Dog. The mem­bers of the CB 750 Honda Four Club of Aus­tralia are restor­ing three ma­chines at Pud’s as he has most of the parts or can or­gan­ise to get them, the first be­ing the sil­ver 1972 350 Four, a 1972 500 Four yel­low with gold over black and a 1972 750 Four in Brier brown. Next year marks the 50th anniversar­y of the CB750 and this gave the club the in­cen­tive to mark a great mile­stone by raf­fling these ma­chines off to a great cause. There is no bet­ter cause than the pro­ceeds go­ing to the Black Dog In­sti­tute. The theme for next year’s Broad­ford Bo­nanza is go­ing to be the Honda Fours from 1969 to 1978. It is also hoped that all three ma­chines will be com­pleted and on dis­play at next year’s Phillip Is­land Clas­sic in Jan­uary.

This raf­fle now has the of­fi­cial ap­proval of the Black Dog In­sti­tute with tick­ets ex­pected to go on sale this com­ing Novem­ber. They will be $50 a ticket and the buyer has the choice of nom­i­nat­ing their pref­er­ence for the ma­chines 1 to 3. It is hoped that 10,000 tick­ets will be sold with the draw tak­ing place in Novem­ber 2019. The win­ners will be no­ti­fied by phone and it will be their re­spon­si­bil­ity to pay and or­gan­ise the col­lec­tion of their prize. At ral­lies in re­cent years I have no­ticed a num­ber of lady rid­ers in these small and lighter model Honda Fours, they are ex­tremely re­li­able and easy to han­dle. For more de­tails, phone (03) 5142 5704 in busi­ness hours or email puds­four­[email protected]­

You could win this 350/4 and as­sist a very worth­while cause.

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