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Roaring Twenties Run – Nannup – April 2015 – Part 1

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Beverley Run 2014

Beverley Re-enactment 2014 I could smell it before I saw it, enticing and heady. Weaving along Spencer’s Brook road on my DKW, I recognised the whiff of Castrol R and some unburnt fuel from a high performance vintage motorcycle. Bill Young and Charlie Lawson would have approved. I went over the second railway crossing, almost sideways, caught the edge of the bitumen with my front wheel and I hung onto the wires, with an almighty roar we hurtled forward, towards Northam, there were more bends in the road than a bucket full of brown snakes. There were flak bursts of daisies and bluebells along the roadside. I came over the brow of the next hill with both wheels clean off the ground, like a pedigree racehorse executing a steeplechase manoeuvre. At the apex, I stood on the footpegs and looked forward, there he was, darting towards the next sharp left turn. It was John Sinclair on his Grindlay Peerless. We were doing Beverley again. Not the actress Beverley Mitchell, Esmeralda but the re-enactment of the first motor race in the Southern Hemisphere, from the small wheatbelt town of Beverley, 100 miles to the east of Perth. Back in 1904, a handful of dedicated motorcyclists would have set off from the hamlet, along rough gravel roads or rudimentary paths back to the fledgling town of Perth on the lower Swan. Several people have been muttering about the preparation that I do on my mounts for an event, so for this year’s event, I decided to ride the old girl from Adelaide to Darwin, to iron out all the bugs, once and for all. Indeed, I was deep down an opal mine in Coober Pedy, with Graeme Hammond and he said to me “Hey cobber, your back tyre doesn’t look so flash” So shortly afterwards, he changed my tyre and also sprayed some release fluid onto the pivot of my points cam follower. He also encouraged me to polish the bike about two or three times a day. So by the time it came to the Saturday event, Phil Skinner’s the “Day before” event, the red charger was fully sorted. I rode out to Bill Cowlin’s house, where Roger Bowen was already drinking coffee and kicking Sloper tyres with Bill. We loaded up the DKW on Bill’s trailer between the green Slopers, like a Bull Mastiff between two Pomeranians and Val drove…

Roaring Twenties Run – 2014

2014 ROARING TWENTIES RUN RESULTS - VMCC PRE 31 SECTION WINNERS IN THE SPIRIT OF THE EVENT                    JAKIE BADBY CLOSE TO THE SPIRIT                                 CARL MONTGOMERY                                                                            GEOFF COOLE                                                                             KELVIN MERS                                                                             JEFF BROMILOW                                                                             PHIL SKINNER BEST VETERAN                                                DAVE ALDERSON BEST VINTAGE                                                 DARRYL WARNER BEST SMALL BIKE                                          KEN TERRY HARD LUCK                                                      GARY TENARDI 39 STARTERS    12 VETERAN   27 VINTAGE ENTRANTS ANDREW BARTLEET        1914        DOUGLAS COLIN BUTLER                 1915         P&M            JEFF BROMILOW              1912         ROVER STEVE TURNER                1912        CORAH HAMISH COWAN               1913        INDIAN DAVE ALDERSON             1913        TRIUMPH BILL COWLIN                    1915        SUNBEAM MURRAY RUDLER            1915       TRIUMPH CARL MONTGOMERY      1913        RUDGE PETER McDONALD           1913        JAP PHIL SKINNER                   1918        TRIUMPH BOB WHITTINGSTALL     1918        HENDERSON MICK TESSER                   1926        TRIUMPH JOHN WIGHTMAN             1929         DKW         COLIN BRAZIL                    1923        INDIAN DELYS BRAZIL                   1929        DOUGLAS KEN TERRY                        1930        VELOCETTE GEOFF COOLE                   1922        RALEIGH JOHN COLEMAN                1926      TRIUMPH ELLIOT MONTAGUE          1927       TRIUMPH TIM HARDING  …

Blackburne Enquiry

Hi there, I am a long standing member of the VMCC, having been the OEC Marque Specialist for about thirty years. I recently acquired a fine early Blackburne engined motorcycle <> and with this bike came a dossier of papers including some correspondence from 1990 between the then owner, Michael Brown and the late Peter Groucott, in which he mentions owning an early Blackburne engine which he hoped to put into a suitable frame. [caption id="attachment_519" align="alignnone" width="812"] 1922 Blackburne engined Hemmings - pic by Martin Shelley[/caption] I realise that Peter died some time ago, but I wondered if his effects are still in the family or whether perhaps his collection has been passed on to other VMCCWA members. Maybe someone has his Blackburne engine or possibly a complete bike fitted with it! Its a 550cc 4 1/4HP engine from perhaps 1922, and is engine number E1841. I myself have been interested in Blackburne-engined machines for a long time, and in the 1980s corresponded with the late Jake McConnville of Rockingham who had several such machines including Cottons and OECs himself. In the mid 1990s, I found myself seconded to work for DITAC in Canberra and spent a happy two years travelling the subcontinent and meeting up with many like-minded enthusiasts and racing Rudges belonging to well known Aussie enthusiasts, Rob Hart and Peter Scott. One one occasion, I managed to fit in a visit to Jake but by that time he was fairly elderly and frail and although he was pleased to see me, his collection was mostly dismantled in in rather bad storage so was not what i had expected. I gather that his son inherited the collection but have not tried to find out whether they are still around in WA. Hoping that you can help me get in touch with the Groucott family and perhaps solve another Blackburne related mystery! Kkind regards Martin Shelley VMCC OEC and Blackburne Marque Specialist Member VCC and VSCC

Roaring Twenties Run to Nannup – May 2013

Roaring Twenties Ride 4/5 May 2013 Ken Vincent’s name is spoken in hushed tones of respect from Mt Clarence to Phillip Island but it is not his prowess on the race track which endears adherents of our glorious sport to this particular event. By registering early, one escapes the possibility of relegation to Nannup Hotel’s (in)famous Pink House, a ramshackle, turn of the (nineteenth) century with a motley assortment of rooms. The last nine to enter are booked into this place which contains a number of double beds in pokey rooms. For the 2013 event, the buxom barmaid, Priscilla, convinced those people to put a row of pillows down the middle of each bed and dream earnestly of Elle McPherson. A determined deputation stormed the front desk and a couple of the troops were assimilated into the “upper storey” hotel rooms, more about these later. It all started off at the quirky, rural transport museum in Boyanup, where local impresarios Murray and Sharon had gotten into the museum early on the Saturday morning, so all the Perthites (and Bunburites/Albanites) could park their vehicles in the back, secure carpark of the museum. Meantime, Ken and Dave Weeks, the nominated back up driver set up the Club’s Gazebo and starting boards on the exit road towards the South West Highway. Colin Brazil, whose vintage Indian’s magneto packed up on the eve of the departure, along with wife Delys, gallantly offered to stand in as reserve back up drivers in place of Lyn, who was unable to make it. So, by 9.30, a very respectable line-up of 28 pre 31 bikes were parked in a dazzling array along the old railway line. Furthermore, Murray and Sharon were dressed up in contemporary clothing, including tartan dress, stockings, top and tails, trilby for Murray and the de rigeur Mike Hawthorn racing bowtie. Andrew Barleet, also dressed up, in tweed and bulging “plus fours”. No deerstalker suits though, and clay pipes, something for next year maybe? The usual criminals were lined up on the start, Terry Mckie and Elliott Montagu on ’27 Triumph flat tankers (the ex Phil Skinner Triumph was in there somewhere too), Bill Cowlin and Rex Edmondson on the ubiquitous Slopers (Weeksy looked on forlornly, knowing that his own Sloper is already breathing Liverpudlian sea air). Kevin Badby was there on his glistening straight 4 Henderson, Spencer and Joyce on their veteran, tan…

Elliott Montagu’s 1927 Triumph N model restoration – Part 6

The next thing to do was to set the timing. The "Instruction Book" says to set the points breaking with the piston 7mm before TDC and ignition lever fully advanced. VMCCUK old Triumph expert, Peter Cornelius, ( or ) recommended setting the timing at full retard on top dead centre. He maintains that the fuels we use now are so different to those used in the twenty's that the tuning figures are no longer relevant. With the points breaking, the piston at TDC and the lever in the fully retarded position it is only necessary to advance the lever until the engine sounds and pulls OK. Not very scientific but apparently it works. The timing was set and with a couple of mates watching I kicked it over. It didn't start because we had set the timing with the lever in the fully advanced position! The timing was reset and amazingly the engine fired and ran on the first kick. This was quite a moment for me. Perhaps in the fifties, after being thrashed around a paddock for years the bike was discarded. The engine hadn't made a sound for maybe sixty years and there it was running again with that old fashion characteristic exhaust note. The valve timing was obviously out as the engine was blowing back through the carby. The valve timing was altered by one tooth and that fixed it. (These engines don't have valve overlap). There were a few small problems to fix. The petrol cock fitted is a tapered rotary type and it was leaking about half a cup of fuel overnight. Lapping with polish got this down to about half a teaspoon overnight. The difficulty in seating the needle valve in the float chamber is apparently common to these carbys but it appears that once the engine is running it's not a problem. I have tried lapping the needle in, making a new needle and attaching a short rubber tipped needle from a modern carby to the needle. This didn't work because when the diameter of the short rubber tipped needle is reduced to fit, the flutes disappear and the fuel flow past the tip is reduced. The oil system on this engine is interesting. It is a total loss system. Oil is carried in a tank integral with the fuel tank and is delivered by a hand pump on the tank or…