2018 Albany Vintage & Classic Motorcycle Weekend : Pebble Beach, eat your heart out
IT’S got to be one of Australia’s best bike shows: hundreds of bikes, ranging from ancient Brits and classic Japanese through to showroom-new Italians, lined up side-by-side along a picturesque terrace overlooking a natural harbour, in one of the nation’s most historic country towns.
Some bikes arrived polished and gleaming on the back of trailers, some cruised into town from nearby properties, and many made the 400km ride south from Perth to Albany, Western Australia’s oldest settlement and home to a startling assortment of classic and vintage motorcycles.
And we don’t use the word ‘assortment’ lightly. The line-up on the street had no fussy order, so we found crusty and well-worn Moto Guzzis and old Harleys rubbing hand grips with lovingly-restored Suzuki Hustlers, apparently unmolested Ariel Square Fours (two of them, if you don’t mind), shiny Z1 Kawasakis and ready-for-action vintage Nortons.
And there was no shortage of exotica either. A green-frame Ducati parked under a tree outside the pub attracted so many photographers it might as well have been the Mona Lisa. An HRD (Vincent) Series B Rapide looked like it might have just come out the factory. There was a stunning 1981 Laverda Jota, born in Italy, aged in Croatia, shipped to Queensland, then snapped up by a collector in Albany.
We made the trip, strolled the strip, and captured these shots with the trusty old Nikon.