Paul Knapp

Old Bike Australasia - - BUZZ BOX - From Brian Forth, Pres­i­dent VVMCCSA

PAUL KNAPP (aka Pablo) is be­lieved to have joined the VVMVVSA in 1987 as a young, en­er­getic and en­thu­si­as­tic owner of vin­tage and clas­sic mo­tor­cy­cles. Paul started fid­dling with old mo­tor­cy­cles in his fa­ther’s garage, work­ing on a red scooter be­fore ven­tur­ing onto big­ger and faster mo­tor­cy­cles. His old­est bike is a 1923 Hum­ber that was used reg­u­larly. By 1988, Paul had re­stored a bas­ket case 1957 Tri­umph Thun­der­bird 6T. When I re­turned to Ade­laide in late 1988, I wanted to re­store my 1957 Tri­umph Thun­der­bird and des­per­ately needed as­sis­tance. One of my con­tacts was Paul, and I was amazed at the restora­tion he had done. Paul sug­gested I join the VVMCCSA where there were oth­ers with sim­i­lar bikes, so I did in 1992.

By July 1995, Paul be­came a com­mit­tee mem­ber for the first time and at the AGM in July 2005, took over the du­ties of records of­fi­cer. He was a reg­u­lar com­mit­tee mem­ber since 1995, al­ways will­ing to as­sist, or­gan­ise and par­tic­i­pate in club runs and events do­ing his ‘records of­fi­cer du­ties’. Every log book re­newal day you would see Paul scrib­ing for Bob Gill by keep­ing records for that scheme. I pre­sented life mem­ber­ship to Paul Knapp at the July 2014 AGM.

Paul Knapp and his Tri­umph Thun­der­bird.

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