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Old Bike Australasia - - OUT’N’ABOUT -

Story and pho­tos Paul Gar­son For $10 you would walk, rather, ride away on a fully re­stored vin­tage Honda CB750. But that was only a bit of the red and chrome ic­ing on the cake when bike fans gath­ered on Septem­ber 22, 2018 for the 11th run­ning of the Venice Vin­tage Mo­tor­cy­cle Club’s event held where else but Venice, Cal­i­for­nia within waft­ing dis­tance of the Pa­cific Ocean and the last few feet of the fa­mous Route 66. Af­ter a sunny morn­ing run up the Pa­cific Coast High­way and back, some 200 bikes and rid­ers streamed into the event park­ing area soon joined by a sea of other ma­chines rid­ing in from as far away as Ari­zona to take part in the fes­tiv­i­ties… bikes on show, bands, food and drink and ven­dors of­fer­ing a smor­gas­bord of prod­ucts. Here’s a look at some of the out­stand­ing bikes that made their ap­pear­ance in­clud­ing those en­tered in the com­pe­ti­tion as well as those found lurk­ing in the park­ing area.

ABOVE VanTech 1966 Du­cati Monza Ju­nior 160cc. The bevel gear mo­tor was fit­ted into a 1967 VanTech frame widened to take on the Du­cati oil sump. The café racer clas­sic was re­stored by Holly and Rob Walker. ABOVE RIGHT Bavar­ian Bag­gage Supreme – Win­ner Best Euro­pean Cat­e­gory. 1966 BMW R60/2 is fit­ted with TR side­car all kit­ted up for long dis­tance trav­el­ing in style with owner R. Beaver. BE­LOW You could also call the 11th VVMC rally a birth­day bash for what has been touted as the World’s First Su­per­bike, the ven­er­a­ble Honda CB750 that set seis­mic waves rolling when first in­tro­duced in 1969. For this it­er­a­tion of the VVMC rally give­away, Shan­non Sweeney of SS Mo­tor­cy­cles or­ches­trated the ground-up build based around a 1971 mo­tor but keep­ing as close to orig­i­nal ’69 as pos­si­ble. Raf­fle win­ner was Peter Brigida from Ply­mouth, MA. Italo-Amer­i­can…sort of. 1970 Aer­ma­c­chi 350SS road racer was one of sev­eral Ital­ian com­pe­ti­tion bikes favoured by Marc Cro­cetti. Bikes took four of the top 10 places at the Isle of Man Ju­nior TT from 1968-70. Har­leyDavid­son, look­ing for smaller dis­place­ment bikes for their line, bought 50% of Aer­ma­c­chi in 1960.

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