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Arthur Grady Day – 28 May 2016

Good turnout and a lucky break in the wet weather saw the Arthur Grady Day being a great success. Originally run to celebrate the feats of Arthur Grady a Fremantle bicycle maker who became the first person to ride a motorcycle around Australia. The event has grown into a fantastic celebration of all things vintage. Pics: Murray Barnard [gallery columns="2" size="medium" ids="3294,3292,3291,3384,3383,3382,3381,3380,3379,3378,3377,3376,3375,3374,3373,3372,3371,3370,3369,3368,3367,3366,3365,3364,3363,3362,3361,3360,3359,3358,3357,3356,3355,3354,3353,3352,3351,3350,3349,3348,3347,3346,3345,3344,3343,3342,3341,3340,3339,3338,3337,3336,3335,3334,3333,3332,3331,3330,3329,3328,3327,3326,3325,3324,3323,3322,3321,3320,3319,3318,3317,3316,3315,3314,3313,3312,3311,3310,3309,3308,3307,3306,3305,3304,3303,3302,3301,3300,3299,3298,3297,3296,3295"] Around Australia by Motorcycle 1925 Around a Continent by Motor Cycle. "AN APPRECIATION" By the manufacturer of the machine. Messers. The Douglas Motors LTD. Just a word of introduction before the reader's mind is absorbed in Mr. Grady's wonderful narrative. With regard to the actual feat accomplished words are not necessary. It is a wonderful example of a Britisher's pluck and stamina, coupled with the power of endurance in a machine of our manufacture, and has once more given further cause for our perfect faith that the Douglas Motor Cycle is the very last word in efficiency. The following story is exactly as Mr. Grady wrote it, word for word, without alteration of any sort. He wrote this of his own accord from the jottings in his diary and without influence from anyone interested in the machine or its complementary parts. "FURTHER COMMENTS" By the Editor of the "MOTOR CYCLE" Reprinted from their issue of June 11th, 1925. THE EPIC RIDE. Would that there have been more from the young explorer's pen, for the modest account of his five months' journey leaves a great deal to the imagination. He is, first and foremost, a motor cyclist; he has made no claims to being a writer. Perhaps for this reason the account rings more sincere than would have been the case had the intrepid pathfinder set out merely to secure publicity. He had preferred to allow his ride to speak for itself. Unfortunately very few can appreciate fully the magnitude of the achievement, the dangers encountered, and the difficulties overcome, for in the modern world of ours it is hard to realise that parts of an island continent like Australia remain unexplored and are so out of touch with civilisation that failure of the explorer's mount would mean certain death. It is one thing to set off on a journey knowing that, in the event of failure, other modes of transport can be utilised-to continue or to return-but it is quite another proportion when the traveller knows that a…

Arthur Grady day – Saturday May 9 2015

The 2015 Arthur Grady day will take place on Saturday May 9 2015. Originally run to celebrate the fests of Arthur Grady a Fremantle bicycle maker who became the first person to ride a motorcycle around Australia. The event has grown into a fantastic celebration of all things vintage. Last year saw displays not only of fine vintage motorcycles, but also vintage bicycles, trucks, machinery, buses, tools cars and prams. Right in the centre of Fremantle. As with last year the road will be closed around the Town Hall and the street will be filled with displays. In the mean time please feel free to call me with any queries and I look forward to seeing you all there on the day. Alex Marshall Festivals Coordinator City of Fremantle 8 William Street Fremantle WA 6160 T: 9432 9716 F: 9432 9547 alexm@fremantle.wa.gov.au

Arthur Grady Ride and Display Fremantle Heritage Festival – Saturday 1 June 2013

The Arthur Grady Ride and Display is on again this year. It is rapidly becoming an extremely popular motorcycling event in Western Austrelaia Last year saw around 120 bikes from all eras taking part and lots of interest from the general public. The event celebrates the feats of Arthur Grady who in 1924 became the first person to ride a motorcycle around Australia. He set off from the Fremantle Town Hall and returning five months later to a rousing reception and a place in the history books. The day will feature a running replica of the bike Arthur rode on his epic adventure as well as lots of information and pictures of his ride. The day will also feature a huge display of veteran and vintage bikes courtesy of the Vintage Motorcycle Club of WA. The event is open to all motorcycles from eras. I would encourage you all to take part in what is rapidly becoming one of WA’s great motorcycle gatherings. The order of the Day will be: • Assemble Kings Square Fremantle from 0900 -1030 (There will be three main sections in the Square Pre 1931, 1931 – 1988 and 1988 – present) • Ride around Fremantle 1100 – 1130 • Static Display 1130 – 1400 • BBQ Lunch from 1130 • Depart Kings Square 1400 Any one bringing bikes on trailers, in vans or utes that will not be ridden on the day will need to notify me for drop off and parking instructions. This is a great day for celebrating Western Australia’s rich motorcycling heritage see you there! Any Further queries or to book a space for your club please contact: Alex Marshall - 9432 9716 or 0405 307 126 or alexm@fremantle.wa.gov.au 

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