Location: Manning Valley
Date: March 2011
March 5, 2011. Up at Sparrow's (well, almost) this morning and
drove out to Taree Airport adjacent to which is the Airport Tavern/Hotel,
where several members of the Taree and District Classic and Vintage
Motorcycle Club assembled prior to a rally up the coast. There were
over 100 classic machines parked there between 8 and 9:30am, although many
of them arrived closer to 9am. In fact, there were only a handful when
So it was an ideal opportunity to fire up the old Sony and take a few
pics. The club chose crook weather for a motorcycle rally... it was raining
up the coast a bit. But the cloudy weather provided me with diffused lighting
conditions (no shadows) which was ideal for photography, and I'm
pretty happy with the images I managed to get (no duds).
The enthusiasts almost without exception were older guys, some so old
they had difficulty swinging a leg over the saddle or kick-starting the
old machines. Hehe. But they were all having a great time, which was the
One bike that caught my eye was a Magnat Debon. The owner said there
are only six known to exist in the world (of that model, I presume) and
his is the only one in Oz. He was working in New Zealand and happened to
see it parked in a shed with a bunch of old spare parts at a Harley dealer's
shop. "I made a "silly" offer and the bloke phoned 3 hours later to say
it was mine." Now the owner is trying to sell it. He didn't look like the
rallying type so I'm sure that's the only reason he was there.
There were lots of interesting bikes on display but the one that took
the cake was the roughest of them all. I spotted it - an old AJS - away
from the main gathering, and walked down to it. "Are you trying to hide
this thing?" I asked the owner. "No, mate, I'm trying to get the bloody
thing started!" (#052) Well, he did, and then joined the main arena.
I'm not a motorcycle fan by any means but I do enjoy an opportunity
to see unusual vintage machinery and chat to people... and to take photos
that are different, with a story to tell. I know Oregon Richie will enjoy
the pics... he's a bit of a two-wheel nut. The thing about motorcycles,
of course, is that there's no right or left hand drive, so they're all
the same no matter where in the world they are.
here for the photo album.
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