Saturday, June 2, 2012

Arthur Grady Rideout 2012


Saturday 2nd June was another glorious sunny day and officially the second day of winter (!). As part of the Fremantle Heritage Festival a motorcycle rideout and display was held at the Fremantle Town Hall.

Last year a rideout and display was held to commemorate Freo lad Arthur Grady's 1924 circumnavigation of Australia on a Douglas motorcycle. That was a pretty rough and rugged trip in those days through country without roads or facilities. The trip took 5 months.

Here is a link to some details of his trip along with photos from last year's display. http://www.vmccwa.com/clubruns/grady/Arthur%20Grady%20Run.htm The display was organised by the Fremantle City Council and involved several motorcycle clubs.



This isn't Arthur's actual bike of course, but a later model 1925 Douglas with suitable props.

At the Town Hall end was a display of pre-30's motorcycles.

1920s BSA



Matchless

Ariel

Gents from the Vintage Motorcycle Club of WA (photo J. Whiteman)



The ride sets out. Here's a video:



The display was very well attended.

I was running very late, arriving just on 11am when the run was setting out. Over the past six weeks I've been all about the car and the bikes and scooters have been neglected. As a result the Leader was running terribly. I'll need to give her some TLC over the next couple of weeks.

There was a good display by the Early American Motorcycle Club.

http://www.earlyamericanmotorcycleclub.asn.au/ride-calendar---2012/2ndjune2012-arthurgrady-fremantleheritagefestival

1916 Harley-Davidson board-track racer

















1951 Ariel NH

1971 Jawa Californian, my Ariel and a 1940s Indian

There was a lot of interest in the Ariel and I was kept very busy talking to lots of people.



1955 NSU Max 250cc four stroke

HRD-Vincent

Chinese Chiang-Jiang outfit

A truck engine on two wheels.

Links to some more photos:-