Canning Show

Perth Vin­tage Mo­tor­cy­cle Club of WA Show and Swap Meet

Old Bike Australasia - - CON­TENTS - Re­port and pho­tos Mur­ray Barnard

The VM­C­CWA Show and Swap meet­ing, which has run since the 1980s, at­tracted the biggest crowd ever to check out any bar­gains but also to browse amongst the in­cred­i­ble col­lec­tion of ma­chines on dis­play, some be­ing amongst the rarest in Aus­tralia. The VM­C­CWA, with over 600 mem­bers, is a non-profit as­so­ci­a­tion, run by en­thu­si­asts for en­thu­si­asts and en­tirely de­pen­dent on vol­un­teer mem­bers who do­nate their time and en­ergy. En­try fees cover ex­penses and any ex­cess is ploughed back into the next show or used to make char­i­ta­ble do­na­tions to com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions. The club also con­ducts reg­u­lar club runs, has a parts store and an ex­ten­sive li­brary for mem­bers. The Mo­tor­cy­cle Show this year was a credit to the mem­bers with 130 dis­play­ing ma­chines and close to 50 mem­bers vol­un­teer­ing on the day to man­age the gates, cater­ing, dis­plays and di­rect­ing traf­fic. The Show had a ded­i­cated web­site and a Facebook page which kept club mem­bers and the pub­lic in­formed. The web­site car­ried de­tailed in­for­ma­tion pan­els on most of the ma­chines on dis­play. The Facebook page reached over 29,000 people which was a great re­sult and a con­trib­u­tor to the success of the Show. Ma­chines on dis­play ranged from a 1910 Nor­ton to a 1996 Bi­mota. The Club val­ues preser­va­tion, orig­i­nal­ity and a love of mo­tor­cy­cles. A range of ma­chines, utilitaria­n, ordinary, sport­ing, tour­ing or plain ba­sic trans­port, con­veyed a sense of his­tory bet­ter than show ponies. The prize win­ners were cho­sen for their ma­chine’s unique­ness, pub­lic in­ter­est, his­tor­i­cal value or pure thrill fac­tor. Next year the Club has plans to ex­pand the show and is hoped that even more ma­chines will be on dis­play next year to beat this year’s record turnout.

ABOVE The main dis­play. RIGHT 1960 3TA Tri­umph ‘Bath­tub’ for sale at the Swap Meet. BELOW BSA Spit­fire up for grabs at the swap meet. ABOVE Steve de Mol’s XA Har­ley Davidson, a wartime copy of the Ger­man flat twin. Only a few hun­dred were ever made. Only two are in Aus­tralia.

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