Arthur Grady rides on, and on, and on in Fremantle

CAPTION: A lovely example of the bike Grady used to do a slow (well, fast then) lap of Australia.

LOVERS of really, really, really old bikes congregated in Fremantle this weekend to commemorate what would have been Arthur¬†Grady’s 115th birthday.

Grady is credited as making the first circumnavigation of Australia on a motorised vehicle — his 1924 350cc twin cylinder Douglas becoming something of an international celebrity in the process.

The 25-year-old World War 1 veteran and motorcycle racer left Fremantle on 1 October 1924 and rolled back into the port side town on 25 March the following year.

The trip was orchestrated by West Australian Douglas agent, Armstrong.

A bunch of similar vintage bikes (plus heaps of nice old cars, buses, stationary engines and a really pretty girl in a red and white frock) assembled around the Fremantle Town Hall so we could all have a good gawk. The event is put together by the Vintage Motorcycle Club of Western Australia. A display of old Indians from the Indian Motorcycle Club of WA was particularly impressive.

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CAPTION: Now THAT’S old. Sensational Indian in gosh-I’m-old patina looked so old its shiny NGK’s looked downright silly.

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CAPTION: That's right Johnny, there was a time when you had to kick them to make them go. Just like the dog.

CAPTION: That’s right Johnny, there was a time when you had to kick them to make them go. Just like the dog.

CAPTION: Two old Pommy codgers in fine fettle got together for a chat about old times threshing around the English countryside. Two men look on.

CAPTION: Two old Pommy codgers in fine fettle got together for a chat about old times thrashing around the English countryside. Two men look on.

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CAPTION: Smoke, aviator goggles … gosh, it’s like a lesson in cool.

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CAPTION: A few really old but not really, really, really old bikes came out of the shed to join the celebration. Nice Triumph Cub was one of them.

 

CAPTION: Another one from the spectating-not-exhibiting section. Nice Matchless.

CAPTION: Another one from the spectating-not-exhibiting section. Nice Matchless.

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