Monday, March 26, 2012
The annual Vintage Motorcycle Club of WA swap meet was held on Sunday 25th March 2012. After a bit of a slow start it proved to be a good day with an impressive turnout for the display and swap meet.
Bikes started arriving for the display from 6.45am
John W and Norm C admiring John's 1929 DKW.
1929 DKW E300 http://pre31.wordpress.com/about/
1927 Triumph 500 Delux
1927 BSA outfit
1929 Francis-Barnett Cruiser. The Cruiser was one of the first British bikes to feature enclosed mechanicals. One of these bikes appeared on the British "Heartbeat" TV program.
1959 Triumph Speed Twin
1972 Jawa Californian
A French Motobecane 125
BSA Gold Star. There were 13 BSAs on display.
Now this is a BSA
1951 Ariel NH 350
1935 Ariel Four Square 600cc and a Matchless
I think it looks splendid in its unrestored condition
A couple of 1950s BSA and the Leader
1942 BSA in military trim
1940 Velocette 350 in military trim
Despatch rider's telephone
1949 HRD Vincent Rapide 1000cc and 1945 Indian Chief 1200cc
1926 Harley-Davidson 1200cc original and unrestored
1946 Indian Chief 1200cc
Harley-Davidson's first financial catastrophe - the Harley-Davidson Aermacchi. Aermacchi were a successful Italian sports bike company until Harley-Davidson took them over in 1974 and ran them into the ground. In 1978 Harley sold Aermacchi to the Italian company Cagiva, owned by the Castiglioni family. Sadly Harley-Davidson seemed to learn nothing from its experience, buying the Italian sports bike brand MV Agusta from Castigliona for US$109m in 2008. Sales were poor, debts were high and one year later Harley-Davidson sold MV Agusta back to Castiglioni for 1 euro!
There were some interesting bikes out in the carpark. Here is a 1958 Triumph 500cc bathtub model and a 2008 custom Triumph Manx Thruxton.
A latecomer arrives and causes a bit of sensation. 1948 Dnepr K750M
The Dnepr is manhandled into the hall
And draws an admiring crowd
Owner Ray has done a great job kitting the bike out with Soviet military trim
The display drew a considerable crowd
The gentlemen's quarter
The swap meet
Also drew quite a crowd
There was a range of stuff for sale from fully running bikes to.... rusty bits and bobs
Motobecane and bits
An interesting little local lightweight. A Sachs engined Pagron 50cc moped
Ariel engined racer
A rusty later model BSA Bantam. A bit rough but looks to be all there.
An interesting looking sidecar and assorted pieces
Another BSA frame
A surprising acquisition. A couple of young guys found this DKW engine. It looks like a 50cc Hummel engine to me.