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1000 CLASSIC BIKE SHOW - Ian Groat

002The attraction of a very varied mix of classic and modern motorcycles in a convivial atmosphere once again proved a successful recipe for the Classic Motorcycle Club’s annual 1000 Bike Show

It was staged at the Germiston Sports Club on June 30th and July 1st and this year the weather played along, too, with a mild weekend just before an icy cold snap hit Gauteng.

“We were satisfied with the good support the show received from thousands of visitors and we once again had a high standard of motorcycles on display, as well as a wide range of trade stands,” commented Rusty Thorns, chairman of the Classic Motorcycle Club (CMC), which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

As is usual at this show, there were a number of unusual machines on display.003

One that attracted plenty of attention was Alan Heynes 1916 Autoped, which was made in New York and is claimed to be the world’s first scooter, with the rider standing upright as the powered front wheel hauls this unusual two-wheeler along the road. It certainly turned heads as it was ridden up and down the display tent during demonstration rides.

Another unusual bike on display was a bicycle powered by a 50cc Xundapp engine - an original moped dating back to 1956.

The machine is owned by Maynard Marshall and requires some work to get it running.

The judges had a tough time deciding on the various category winners and runners-up as the standard of presentation and workmanship were, as usual, very high.

In the end Neville Nicolau’s 1976 BMW 90s was adjudged Best Motorcycle on Show among the classics.

Neville says he bought the motorcycle three years ago and then rebuilt it completely.

He also won the class for Japanese motorcycles over 250cc with his immaculated Suzuki GT750, a water-cooled three-cylinder two-stroke dating back to the 1980s.

Brett Allan’s Yamaha XS650 Chopper took the Best on Show honours in the custom motorcycle category.

Results of the two Concours d’Elegance contests at the 1000 Bike Show.

Best On Show Neville Nicolau - 1976 BMW

Best Classic - Roland Nancekeville - Velocette MSS 500

Best Post War British - Ralph Pitchford - 1954 AJS

Best Pre-War British - Roland Nancekeville - Velocette MSS 500

Best American - Bill Lance - Indian Scout

Best European - Umbretto de Stefanis - Moto Guzzi Falconi

Best Japanese over 250cc - Neville Nicolau - Suzuki GT750

Best Japanese under 250cc - Bikecraft - Yamaha YZ1

Best Off-Road - Bruce Thomas - 1978 KTM 250 MC

Best VMX Race Bike - Evan Pretorius - 1973 CZ 380

Best Street Scramber - Bikecraft - 1984 Honda XR500RE

Ladies Choice - Isaac Rubins - Royal Enfield



Best on Show - Brett Allan

Best Standard - Vernon of KCR Motorcycles

Best Street Modified - Eric Repsold

Best Street Fighter - Juan-Paul Loots

Best Cruiser - Leonard Myburgh

Best Classic - Paul Kotze of Dyno by?Quint

Best Customer - Traditional Motorcycle Co

Best Harley Davidson - Rory Hearn

Best Chopper - Brett Allan

Best Trike - Fred Hardy

Best Paintwork - Leonard Myburgh

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002Once again Kyalami hosted the big motorcycle event of the year – the South African Bike Festival. There was huge attendance for the three-day event and over 60 new motorcycles were available for a test ride on the track. This, coupled to a host of off-track attractions from key industry players such as Harley Davidson, Honda, Yamaha, KTM?and Husqvarna, amongst others, show attendees were spoilt for choice.003

Kids and teens alike ripped it up on the small test tracks that accommodated aspiring riders, but of all the new products on show, the new XSR900 Yamaha and a brace of new KTM products seemed to take pride of place. Along with the just unpacked Suzuki V-Storm 250 adventure bikes which seemed very popular, there was a mind-boggling amount of things to see.004

Stunt rider par excellence Julien Welsh provided an unusual dare devil show that wowed the crowds while the disco entertainment and side shows that were everywhere kept all concerned fully entertained at this year’s bike festival.

The festival was sponsored by Autotrader and featured close to 60 sponsors and partners to drive the event to become the main event for motorcycle enthusiasts in South Africa.005end bike test


001The Suzuki Weekend Away is held every year around June/July, at Hotel Numbi & Garden Suites in Mpumalanga, this year it took place from the 29th June – 1st July 2018 and was the eighth annual event.

It all started in 2011 when Suzuki South Africa decided to have a Suzuki Weekend Away, and create an event for the customers to spend time with Suzuki staff and dealers. It opens up channels of communication so the head office team can find out what both dealers and consumers are looking for in the sales and aftersales space. Suzuki Auto South Africa comes along with demo units which are available for test rides during the Weekend. There are also cars from the auto side for test drives.002

On Friday all guests arrive at Hotel Numbi and Garden Suites around 14h00. Everyone has dinner together and everyone is briefed about the activities to take place the following day.

On Saturday everyone meets in the morning and the Suzuki Team hands out route maps with directions for the day. There are a few stops with fun games along the way, but mostly it’s about riding and driving in beautiful Mpumalanga.

We cannot share the games and activities that take place at the Suzuki Weekend Away as they are designed for people who attend, but ask anyone who has attended one and they will tell you that it is a “must attend” event. We have had so many repeat visitors over the years and are open to all makes of motorcycles.

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