Maleny Swap

Maleny Swap Meet • March 19, 2019 – Maleny, Qld

Old Bike Australasia - - CONTENTS - Re­port and pho­tos Gaven Dall’Osto

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.

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