Motorbike turns 100
BEFORE there were Fatboys and monstrous exhausts which trumpeted a motorbike’s arrival, machines like the AJS Wolverhampton powered along the roads, and this weekend Warwick hosts the 100th anniversary rally of the AJS Motorbike Company.
Historic motorcycles have converged on the Rose City, and rally organiser John Wellings said the bikes might be old but still knew how to move on the bitumen. I fell in love with the AJS in the 1990s; it was all to do with how well they ran and how fast they went for an old motorbike,” Mr Wellings said.
“We chose Warwick to hold the rally because I’ve known the Warwick guys from the Historical Motorcycle Club of Queensland for years, and this is the perfect place to ride old bikes.
“Everything’s so central and there are heaps of places to ride without bothering anyone.”
He said about 35 machines were expected at the rally and about 60 historical petrolheads, but the presence of the AJS Wolverhampton lineage made the event special.
Rally guest Colin Stevens, whose grandfather George Stevens was one of the five directors of the AJS company, was keen to celebrate the milestone with fellow enthusiasts.
“It took us four days to get here from Melbourne,” Mr Stevens said.
“I have three cousins about the same age as me, so when we’re all gone, that’s it. That’s why I’m collecting the bikes and have the AJS car (only three in Australia) to pass to my children.”