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.
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.
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.
'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.'
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