Goul­burn Swap 2019

Old Bike Australasia - - CLASSIC COB -

The Clas­sic Rid­ers Club of Goul­burn con­ducted their an­nual swap on Sun­day 20th Jan­uary which saw some 250 site hold­ers with 1,400 buy­ers com­ing through the gates. There was a good va­ri­ety of Amer­i­can, Euro­pean, British and Ja­panese ma­chines and parts on sale. The swap in 2018 was con­ducted on two hot days es­pe­cially so on the Sun­day. This year was much cooler with driz­zling rain late Satur­day and early Sun­day be­fore it cleared and a good trad­ing was had. Goul­burn Swap is im­prov­ing with finer points of the Nabiac Au­to­mo­tive Swap be­ing copied. A dis­play at the swap was or­gan­ised by The An­tique Mo­tor­cy­cle Club of Amer­ica which in­cluded Har­ley David­son and In­dian ma­chines. One of these was a 1914 Hed­strom 7 H.P. which is con­sid­ered to be In­dian’s first real twin. The owner is In­dian en­thu­si­ast, Peter Birthisel. This ma­chine is of con­sid­er­able sig­nif­i­cance to the Goul­burn District. It tran­spires that this is be­lieved to be the ma­chine rid­den in the firstever Aus­tralian Tourist Tro­phy event con­ducted on Easter Mon­day 1914. There were three of these ma­chines im­ported into Aus­tralia by Rhodes Mo­tors and each was en­tered in the event to be rid­den by Vic­to­ri­ans. They were Jack Booth, Harry Jenk­ins and Eric Tyler. The event was pro­moted by the Syd­ney Bi­cy­cle and Mo­tor Cy­cle Club and run be­tween Yarra, Broad­al­bane and Col­lec­tor over three laps each be­ing 33 miles. There were 46 en­tries of which 32 started but only a dozen fin­ished. Tyler led the race un­til a stone jammed un­der the mud­guard. This then al­lowed Jenk­ins to come to the lead and win in 2 hours, 52 sec­onds, some 6 min­utes ahead of Tyler. Wayne Adams of Goul­burn has com­piled and edited a book ti­tled The Rac­ing Boys which is about mo­tor­cy­cle rac­ing in the Goul­burn District up to 1930. He tells me that one of the rid­ers, Bernard Rad­less, from South Aus­tralia, fell and broke his wrist. He then tied the in­jured hand to the han­dle­bar and com­pleted the race. Wayne goes on to ex­plain that the three Vic­to­rian In­dian rid­ers were very pro­fes­sional and had a me­chanic and oth­ers act­ing as pit crew. Af­ter this race there was an In­dian Deal­er­ship, Cleave Bros es­tab­lished in Auburn Street, Goul­burn.

ABOVE The Birthis­els with the rare In­dian.

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