Monday, March 28, 2011

Vintage Motorcycle Club WA Swap Meet - 2011

Here's a selection of photos of the Vintage Motorcycle Club of WA's Swap meet on Sunday 27 March 2011. It was a really successful day with a great turnout. There was an excellent display of over sixty bikes including a large contingent of veteran machines.

There was a good turnout of visitors. It's great to see so much public interest.
It isn't always about the big bikes. This is a little French lightweight - 125cc Motobecane.

An a tiny engined Honda moped

A sweet 1949 Moto Guzzi. It was the only Italian machine on display. See also photos of this machine at the Italian Car, Motorcycle and Scooter Show -

Triumph outfit
1942 BSA in military trim
1928 BSA

1950 BSA B31 350cc
1951 Sunbeam s-8

1930 Royal Enfield J 30

1936 Levis D Special

One of my favourites (of course) 1951 Ariel Red Hunter
Teutonic style - a gorgeous 1955 NSU
And a BMW
A lovely 1956 Victoria Bergemeister. Note the unusual twin cylinder arrangement

A Teutonic neighbour - a Czech Jawa.

A big 1942 Harley in full civilian trim with a neat 1937 BSA behind

1916 Harley Davidson

Harley Davidson in traditional paint scheme. This bike was for sale but I didn't get the details.

A big and rare American - Henderson Excelsior
The Henderson's four cylinder engine
An early Triumph
1922 Raleigh with leg guards
1923 Scott Flying Squirrel. Compare this machine with the earlier model Scott that attended the Veteran Car rally -
1930s Norton

A 1926 Triumph model Q

An Australian rarity - 1919 Carbine. Powered by a MAG engine with belt drive.
A couple more views of the Carbine. It's amazing to think of the odds of survival for such a machine, given the tiny numbers manufactured and the life they must have led.
AJS row
1915 Sunbeam model 9 500cc

BSA basket case...
A real rarity by anyone's terms - a 1909 Pope
Unrestored in all its natural glory
For more info on Pope motorcycles
Another rare veteran - 1911 554 cc OK-Bradshaw.
The owner lights up the carbide headlamp
At 11pm the Bradshaw was wheeled out into the yard and started up in front a crowd of interested onlookers. Surprisingly she started straight up on the first pull of the starter rope. Here below is a video of a hundred year old motorcycle in action.
These old veterans are called bone shakers for a reason. Note the lever action accelerator and retard. Riding one of these is a complicated business but it was better than walking.

For information about Bradshaw motorcycles -
Another veteran for sale - 1909 Premier single speed. Contact mobile 0409371001
A couple of fire damaged vintage bikes. I wonder what could actually be salvaged from these machines?
What the swap meet is all about - bikes and bits
John Branton displayed a couple of his bikes at his calendar stand.
The Classic Motorcycle Calendar and assorted products for sale. You can order copies from his website -

Monday, March 21, 2011

Classic Car Show, Whiteman Park 2011

Trams, buses, trucks, cars, motorcycles, scooters and even tractors. They were all there at the Vintage and Classic Car Day at Whiteman Park on 21st March 2011. Dozens of clubs were represented and it was amazing to see so many vintage and classic machines out on display, including some real rarities. We took far too many photos to put on a single posting so I'll have to break this post up. Let's start with a quick tour around Europe.


The sole representative vintage Saab (amongst the many new models) was this 1958 Saab 96 Monte Carlo.

The early Saabs were powered by a two cylinder two-stroke engine that owed its inspiration to the DKW. With the same kind of power and endurance of the DKW 3=6, Saabs performed extremely well in rally competitions throughout the 1960s. This model features a V 4 Ford Taunus four stroke engine.

Viva le France!

A fabulous Bugatti Type 57TT. This car enjoyed a successful racing career in the 30s & 40s and the elderly owner regaled us with tales of his racing misdemeanors. It was certainly a popular exhibit with a host of people lining for photos. Donations were also sought for the preservation of the vintage racing circuit at Caversham. If you'd like to know more about this, click on the link

Beautiful Citroen Traction-Avants

A very cute Renault 4CV. Love the little horse head bonnet mascots

Certainly not the most elegant French vehicle - the 1962 Renault 8

Deutschland Uber Alles
A Messerschmitt KR200. Good to see one out and about. That makes at least 3 in Perth by my reckoning. It was a very popular car, especially with kids.

A lovely and sleek Mercedes

The gorgeous curvy lines of a Borgward Isabella. Personally I'm a big fan. I believe there are two in Perth.

Everything including the kitchen sink. The VW club were out in force.

Another gorgeous VW Split

VW 1600

The surprise of the day - Willie S' 1938 DKW F7. I really didn't expect to see a DKW in Perth but as I found out DKW did export some cars to Australia in the pre-war years. Most were shipped to Adelaide in South Australia, where there was a large German community and from there sold around the country. All cars were shipped unfinished, as chassis and engine only, as protectionist legislation in Australia made it extremely expensive to import completed vehicles. Australian coach builders then built the bodies, but unlike their German counterparts, the Australian bodies were all steel on wood frame, which makes them unique for DKW. This body was built by Boltons in Perth. Body styles in Australia included two door and four door sedans, convertibles, paneled delivery vans and the ever popular ute.

Willie fired up the 688cc engine of the F7 for us. It was amazing how quiet it was.

A French Amilcar

Rule Britannia
1926 Bentley

A Standard is run out from the Museum collection

A British Talbot and a French Delage

Rolls Royce

A Riley and Standard

The Austin-Healey club put on a good show

Shelly's favourite

Austin's attempt to break into the US market, the 57 Austin Metro. It was a little too small to be be successful. In the US it was released as the Nash Metro.

There was a very big contingent from the Austin club

Lots of Austin 7 babies

The British Ford club. It's quite amazing how different Fords were in the UK compared to the US. They're virtually a different marque.

There was a large display by the Vauxhall club.

Vauxhall Velox. Vauxhall was a very popular make in Australia between the 1930s-50s

Morris truck

Trucks, tractors and military vehicles
Military vehicle display. Chevy trucks

Ferret armoured scout car. Very popular with the kids

Even a row of tractors. There is a tractor museum at Whiteman Park so they probably didn't have far to come.

A very cute little Fiat truck trucked in.

A Dodge and a Fordson,

Whiteman Park has a bus museum and most of the machines were out on display.

Dennis bus

American Motorcycles

Here is a selection of photos of American cars and motorcycles from the Vintage and Classic Car Day at Whiteman Park, Sunday 20th March 2011.

The patina on this 1920s Indian adds to its appeal. It's a wonderful machine.

The Indian Harley Club attended.

1951 Buick 8

Glorious fins!

The Corvette Club

The AC Cobra Club

It doesn't look like much without the bodywork.

1947 Oldsmobile

Gorgeous 1949 Cadillac

And a nice ass...

1938 Plymouth


There was a large display by the Studebaker Club.