AMCA Aus­tralia An­tique Mo­tor­cy­cle Week­end 25-26 Au­gust, 2018 – Bulli Show­grounds, NSW

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Just north of Wol­lon­gong on the NSW South Coast, Bulli Show­ground was the venue for the se­cond run­ning of the AMCA Aus­tralia Na­tional Meet, a cel­e­bra­tion of vin­tage and clas­sic mo­tor­cy­cles 35 years and older, with the club’s aim to “bring like-minded en­thu­si­asts to­gether.” Based on the suc­cess­ful model of the An­tique Mo­tor Cy­cle Club of Amer­ica, which now has more than 11,000 mem­bers, the event fea­tures the AMCA’s Na­tional Judg­ing pro­gram, where bikes are eval­u­ated on a 100-point scale against the stan­dard of the same mo­tor­cy­cle as it would have ap­peared when it orig­i­nally left the fac­tory.

Threat­en­ing skies and light rain kept num­bers down on Sun­day, but Sat­ur­day saw a healthy crowd, with the main pav­il­ion packed prior to the highly an­tic­i­pated auc­tion which got un­der way at 2pm, with auc­tion­eer An­drew Tyson mov­ing swiftly through the of­fer­ings. Although some bikes failed to sell un­der the ham­mer, they were left on dis­play “open to ne­go­ti­a­tion” and many had found new homes by the time the shut­ters came down on Sun­day af­ter­noon. The big­gest sales of the auc­tion were both Har­ley-David­sons; a 1946 EL61 Knuck­le­head fetch­ing $78,750 and a 1953 FL Hy­dra Glide with just 28,000 miles from new reach­ing $65,100. To­tal sales reached $250,000. There were nu­mer­ous Club and trade dis­plays, in­clud­ing spec­tac­u­lar turnouts by the Aus­tralian Speed­way Rid­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, the Vin­tage Mo­tor­cy­cle Club, ex Po­lice bikes, the Du­cati Own­ers Club and sev­eral oth­ers added to the colour in the main hall. Through­out the week­end, wellat­tended Tech Talks were held with ex­perts ad­vis­ing on top­ics as di­verse as mag­ne­tos and gen­er­a­tors, speedome­ters, gear­boxes, metal re­pairs, sol­der­ing, pin-strip­ing and wheel build­ing. AMCA Chief Judge Don Dzurick from USA gave an ex­pla­na­tion of the of­fi­cial AMCA Judg­ing Process prior to the an­nounce­ment of the win­ners in the Peo­ple’s Choice Awards and the AMCA Judg­ing Awards. Jim Scays­brook gave an ac­count of his ex­pe­ri­ences rac­ing with Mike Hail­wood in Aus­tralia, with the fa­mous Cas­trol 6 Hour Du­cati 750SS on dis­play. The Swap Meet did brisk busi­ness all week­end, par­tic­u­larly on Sat­ur­day. The or­gan­is­ers did a bril­liant job, with all the var­i­ous as­pects run­ning ex­actly to sched­ule.

AMCA Pres­i­dent Tony Blain said the com­mit­tee was well pleased with their se­cond ef­fort and is al­ready well ad­vanced on plans for the 2019 event, which has now estab­lished a set date on the last week­end of Au­gust each year. Or­gan­iser Antony Gul­lick, who seemed to be ev­ery­where through­out the two days, said ne­go­ti­a­tions had al­ready been con­cluded to have the ex-Jack Ehret Vin­cent Black Light­ning, which was sold to Tas­ma­nia for more than one mil­lion dol­lars ear­lier this year, as the star ex­hibit in 2019.

ABOVE Out­stand­ing Speed­way dis­play drew the crowds. RIGHT Dark skies on Sun­day above the open-air dis­play. Show or­gan­is­ers Tony Blain (left) and Antony Gul­lick with key­note speaker Jim Scays­brook and the ex-Hail­wood Du­cati 750SS.

1946 Har­ley Knuck­le­head brought the top price at the auc­tion. The bike that broke the heart of In­dian en­thu­si­asts – the 500cc War­rior. Bul­taco Me­tralla GT – makeover of the orig­i­nal con­cept sold in the mid ‘70s. Po­lice Bikes from var­i­ous eras and coun­tries. ABOVE LEFT AMCA Judges con­duct the 100-point plan on all en­trants. ABOVE Ace 4 cylin­der out­fit in to­tally orig­i­nal con­di­tion.

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