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28th August 2013

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Classic Motorcycle Club 1000 Bike Show

A Ducati GTS fires up for the first time in 30 years at this classic motorcycle event in South Africa, to the delight of over 5000 spectators. Roger Houghton reports...

In South Africa, the 2013 Classic Motorcycle Club's annual 1000 Bike Show was once again a big success. Not only were there hundreds of classic motorcycles on show in the huge tent at the Germiston High School, but the event again attracted about 10,000 visitors, many of whom came on motorcycles or trikes which made a very interesting show of their own.

Best Hat?...

The weather on the Saturday was overcast, but there was still a crowd of more than 4000 enthusiasts in attendance. The wonderful weather on the Sunday ensured a bumper crowd who not only admired the motorcycles on display but also had the attraction of almost 100 stalls selling a wide variety of products from food to handmade leather motorcycle gear.

The 1000 Bike Show has a long history, dating back to the first concours d'elegance organised by the CMC in 1970. It has grown in both the number of motorcycles on display and in stature over the years, having been housed in places such as the East Rand Mall, Avril Elizabeth Children's Home and the Carlton Centre before ending up at its current venue at Germiston High School.

Best Ill-Fitting Hat?...

An interesting occurrence at this year's event was the starting for the first time in 30 years of a 1978 Ducati 900 GTS. The Ducati had been stored in a garage in Cape Town since 1983. Pierre Cronje had the honour of pushing the starter button and the machine fired up within seconds. The very well preserved motorcycle - many components were wrapped in brown paper - was bought recently by Dan Steyn, a local enthusiast who heard it was up for sale as the garage where it was housed was to be demolished. Having owned and loved a 1982 Ducati 900 SS in the 1990's Steyn had no hesitation in adding the 1978 model to his collection of classic motorcycles.

The Ducati may have been the star of the show, but another two dozen or so classic motorcycles went home from the weekend with well-earned awards - full details below.

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'This year's event raised more money than ever before, with a number of charities as well as Germiston High the benefactors,' said the chairman of the Classic Motorcycle Club (CMC) and main organiser of the 1000 Bike Show, Pierre Cronje. 'The standard of motorcycles on display was once again very high and there were a number of interesting and unique machines on show, including the only British Hesketh in Africa.'

Concours d'Elegance Winners

  • Best on show: 1969 Triumph Bonneville (Neville Nicolou)
  • Best vintage: 1929 BSA S29 (Mr Viljoen)
  • Best classic: 1938 Matchless (late Bob Baker)
  • Best post-classic: 1961 Triumph Tiger 100 (Ken Jones)
  • Best new era: 1973 Suzuki GT 750 (Mr. Gibbon)
  • Best competition: Matchless G50 Wagon Wheels (Ian Groat)
  • Ladies' choice: OK Supreme (Rod Thomas)
  • Best stand: Classic off-road motorcycles
  • Best Triumph : 1957 Tiger 100 (Dennis da Silva)
  • Best BSA: Golden Flash (Mr Strukmeyer)
  • Best Yamaha: YAS-2K (Mr Gibbon)
  • Best Royal Enfield: Bullet racer (Dion de Beer)
  • Best Honda: 1972 SS50 Z (Johnny Helleva)
  • Best Suzuki: Katana (Randall Norman)
  • Best Ariel: Leader (Mike White)
  • Best BMW: R50 (Dan Steyn)
  • Best AMC: 1938 Matchless (late Bob Baker)
  • Best Norton; Commando (Gareth Harvey)
  • Best Velocette: KSS (Des Burton)
  • Best DJ bike: Excelsior Manxman (Kevin Robertson)
  • Best Italian: Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans (Mr Shadwell)
  • Best Kawasaki: 1976 Z750 (Roy Hallaby)
  • Best off-road: 1974 Yamaha YZ 250 (Mike Payne)
  • Best Historic Motor Group racing: Kawasaki (Etienne Louw)

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