Pt Pirie museums visit, Sunday 28th March 2021

30 Mar

Eighteen bus passengers and seventeen motorcyclists congregated at the West Croydon & Kilkenny RSL on Sunday morning for another Pt Pirie trip. As our registrar, Bob Finnie, remarked ‘it’s a pretty piss-poor turnout considering we have almost 300 club members to date’. Bob’s damning assessment is unfortunately quite true and we should all be grateful that he made the effort to arrange this excursion. Thanks, Bob!

We hit the road at 8:45am, first stop was the United servo in Pt Wakefield. After a quick coffee, we were back in the saddle  – next stop: Pt Pirie. The bus and most of the bikes were parked on the side of the road just outside the town awaiting the stragglers. We were guided to our first attraction: a collection of old bikes including  some lovely examples of early Indians. The gentleman, who owned the bikes, was delighted to show us around his sheds. Some highlights included an Indian 4, an Indian Scout, a Scott Flying Squirrel and an early 250cc Levis (all restored). In the back shed was a timber framed Humber car and a freshly restored Tilbrook sidecar (destined for an early BMW). The owner was particularly pleased to see Alan Wallis, who he sought for some Tilbrook expertise. There were several unrestored bikes : a Velocette GTP, a 1930s 500cc BSA and an early Velocette LE – a great collection!



After a short speech from President Bob Cole thanking the owner for showing us around, we took off again to visit a transport museum on the outskirts of the town.

The owners, a retired couple, had an amazing collection of material: predominately transport related, but also, what I describe as early Australian social history. This included masses of toy cars, dolls, a small military exhibit, tools, Elvis memorabilia, Coca-Cola paraphernalia, Nevil Shute’s A Town Like Alice exhibit and much, much more. There was almost too much to take in on such a short visit. Out in the back sheds were trucks, cars, buses and some small stationary engines.


 We enjoyed a BBQ lunch outside and the owners really did us proud with a great selection of salads, sausages and steak. We all agreed that it was a glorious day with lots of interesting things to look at. Bob Cole thanked the owners for their hospitality and allowing us to inspect their collection. 

Most riders and the bus opted to take the quick way home via Pt Wakefield, and a handful of us took the scenic route via Crystal Brook, Gulnare, Spalding and Burra. I clocked up about 500 kilometres for the day. What a great day and again many thanks to Bob Finnie for making it happen.


PS. I’m sure some of you took much better photos than I’ve posted here – maybe you could pass them on to myself or Trevor Jones for publication.


Ross (Rosco) Edwards’ also wrote his own version of the trip report:-

Ride to Mannum, 28th February

19 Mar
Another perfect day for a ride.
Today we had 2 classic and 15 modern bikes, one with pillion, ready for the ride to Mannum. First stop was the Throttle Shed at One Tree Hill ,but unfortunately the Triumph Riders beat us there so the place was packed.No problem,some of us went to the shop down the road for our morning coffee and we were ready to go.
Next problem was as we were leaving Roger headed for home, and some riders followed him instead of looking for corner markers, then one of our riders decided to ride off the road and down a bank.No injuries, well maybe his pride, so while we waited for everyone to catch up and regroup we decided to shorten the route to make up some time. Finally we were on our way to Mannum.
After lunch and chat on the banks of the mighty Murray it’s time to refuel the bikes and back on the road to Adelaide. An uneventful ride except for being stuck behind a truck and trailer filled with cattle. Don’t you just love that smell. Still it’s always a good day to be out riding with friends. I made it home after 323kms of very enjoyable riding.
Tony Mitchell, Club Captain.

For Sale : Tip Truck

25 Feb

Tip Truck Ford Econovan Maxi 1994 Petrol and LPG Rego VPH 774 UL 1440kg, GV 3065kg, GC 4165kg $4500 John 0432 637 763

Upcoming Club event

17 Feb

Sunday 28th March


 Day trip to a museum and then visit an Indian Motorcycle collection in Pt Pirie. A bus has been booked or ride your bike. Meet at the West Croydon & Kilkenny RSL car park 8:30am for an 8:45am start. Further details, ring Bob Finnie 0411 687 666.

Vale, Ray Mann

10 Feb

Ray joined our Club in 1977 (member no.180). Ray was always active in the Club in one form or another. He served on the Committee as Vice President, 1993-1995, and 2007-2010. Machine Registrar. 1993-2001 and 2003-2004. He also welcomed new members to our Club from 1997-2001. Ray was also active in assisting in other facets of the Club’s activities, for which combined with his committee activities, he was awarded Life Membership. Ray was always an ideas man, and was largely responsible for the introduction of the Tuesday mid-week club ride. Ray was interested in all things motorcycling, but in particular he considered himself to be a motorcycle/sidecar aficionado. He will be remembered for giving sidecar rides to the children present at various Club functions, including a display at the Strathmont Centre. Ray also dabbled  in sidecar competition events, competing at Mac Park on his BMW R series outfit. He featured on the Classic Courier cover of the 1997 Jan-Feb  edition with fellow club member Julia Lake as passenger in the sidecar.

In his later Club life Ray would attend Club rides on his BMW K1100  outfit.

Ken Hartland.

For Sale : 1973 Triumph T150V

9 Feb

Yes folks it time for me to hand over custody of my Trident. Most of you have seen this machine at several club events. It is on club registration.

It’s very original with 21,000 on the speedo I believe this to be correct. It was an American delivery. Matching engine and frame numbers and that is all three cases. This is important. BH 01212 which makes it February 1973.

I am asking $12000 I don’t think this is unreasonable.

Contact Allan Morris 0425660619 for further details.

New Club Captain appointment

28 Jan

Congratulations to Tony Mitchell on his recent appointment as Club Captain. Come and join Tony and others on his first run this Sunday, meeting at Hawthorn Crescent, Hazelwood Park 9:30am for a 10am start.

Motorcycle Ride Week report

16 Dec

This report from Motorcycle Ride Week was published in Old Bike Issue No. 90 and was made by Robert Elliot of the Veteran & Vintage MCCSA. Click on the cover photo to read the article.