Maleny Swap Meet • March 19, 2019 – Maleny, Qld
The recent Maleny swap made me realise that such events have a wider reaching purpose and offer many advantages over the electronic buy and sell that is eBay or Gumtree. It is here that I see many faces perhaps only once a year but more importantly there is time to have a good talk, catch up with what’s happening in our motorcycle lives and what other bikes, parts or contacts we have. Further to the social side I came across some interesting motorcycles and saleables which I thought I’d share.
First was Lawrie Godde’s 1964 Panther M120 coupled to a 1961 Watsonian Avon sidecar. The gargantuan sloper single is a thing of beauty and so is the Watsonian alongside. If you’re interested Lawrie can be contacted on 046876834. Next was a third owner 1972 BSA B50 SS Victor in its heavy purpose specification which included a steel rather than alloy tank. Powered by a generous 500cc single cylinder all alloy engine, it was purchased by a Police Officer (Rick Wilson) in WA to tackle enduros such as the nearby Kalgoorlie event. Rick passed the bike down to his son (also called Rick) who then sold it to John Bathurst who took it to Qld. If you’re interested John’s number is 0429 172 319. Next up was a shiny white 1970 Kawasaki SW1-SP. First of the Kawasaki offerings, this one was made to police specifications and first commissioned by the Victorian Police. It made its way to North Queensland where Townsville resident Keith Thomas took on the job of restoring it to its former glory. Beautifully restored and not commonly seen so if you are interested ring Keith on 0458 116 037.
On a trailer nearby Darryl White had an original patina 1938 Indian Chief. This bike was owned by Blues singer, guitarist and song writer James Solberg. This particular machine had a wonderful hand painted tank featuring a skull adorned with an Indian chief’s headdress. The bike is for sale so if you are interested ring Darryl on 0488 690 022. Then came the lovely French beauty created in 1954 called a Monet Goyon S6V. While the engine was a 125 Villiers made under license, the rest had wonderful details. Ready to ride, contact Allen Smith if you’re interested on 0434 005 103. Another interesting discovery was a clever use of old engine parts to make wall clocks. Take a large board and mount half a parallel twin AMC crankcase, cylinder head and header pipe and just fill the crankshaft hole with a clock. The Matchless version had a window in the case where a conrod thought it would like to see what it was like outside. A printed label explained “Guess who forgot to check the oil?”
Finally, the Sunny Coast team put together a beautiful display of 17 or so of their motorcycles. Visitors were encouraged to vote for their favourite and a winner was chosen to receive the perpetual Adrian Jones Memorial Trophy. This year’s winner was Ian Oakes for his magnificent 1974 Kawasaki Z1A 900. Thank you to the HMCCQ for another wonderful day in the life of an historic motorcyclist.
Ian Oakes collects the Adrian Jones Memorial Trophy from Keith Canning for his 1974 Kawasaki Z1A 900.
ABOVE LEFT Allen Smith’s French 1954 125cc Monet Goyon. ABOVE Keith Thomas’ 1970 Kawasaki W1-SP Police bike.