It was an exhibition to whet the appetite of any car enthusiast.
Indian, Vincent, Ducati, Douglas, Howard, Royal Enfield, Peerless, the ubiquitous Harley Davidson and an array of Kawasakis, Moto Guzzi and even a Posties bike were all on display at the inaugural Millthorpe Bike Show.
Co-host Nigel Irvine said the relaxed nature of the event meant he was not sure exactly how many bikes were on display, but he believes there were over 100.
“Some were saying there were 200 or even 400, but I don’t think it’s that high,” he said.
Whatever the number, it was the variety presented and the origin of the people that Mr. Irvine liked.
“There was a really good variety of bikes and probably as good as you would see at any big, professionally organized bike show,” he said.
“There were bikes from before WWI, a good selection of bikes from the 1940s to the 1960s and also some really exotic bikes.”
Among the lineup of bikes on display, there were two that Mr. Irvine liked the most.
“There was a Black Shadow from Bathurst and an Egli Vincent from Sydney and they stood out. The Rolls Royces of the motorcycle world.”
Not all the bikes came from far either, some locals surprised Mr Irvine when they arrived at the station with some interesting bikes.
“One was from Vittoria Road with a 1916 Harley Davidson sidecar and another was a pre-WWI Peerless,” he said. “There was also another room with a Norton rotary engine and they only made it a few years before the fold.”
As with anything vintage, not everything goes as planned and even Mr. Irvine has had issues with one of his own bikes.
“I had my Kawasaki Triple over there and although it looked like it would go 100 miles an hour, I had to push it there using Nigel power.”
Regarding a repeat of the bike show next year, Mr. Irvine is putting that idea to rest.
“We will have to see. We will have to meet with the village committee and organize something formal.”
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