Riders rally for centenary
JOHN Wellings admits he has an addiction.
But it is one he is happy to flaunt at any available opportunity. For Mr Wellings has a passion for old motorcycles.
The organiser of the rally to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of AJS Motorcycles was in town at the weekend, along with about 60 of his mates, to spend a couple of days thinking about nothing but vintage motorcycles.
And aside from a serious accident yesterday morning which has put a dampener on the rally, due to finish today, Mr Wellings said it had been a great weekend.
“The main dinner (on Saturday night) was a great success,” he said.
The group rode out to Tannymorel for morning tea on Saturday before heading up to Dagg’s Falls and then back to Tannymorel for a lunch.
Mr Wellings said the oldest motorcycle on the tour was a 1913 model, which had a top speed of about 60kmh.
“The newest bike, an official AJS, was a 1930 model,” he said. “Vintage motorbikes are a specialised hobby ... when you start to move in the circles that we move in you’d be surprised at how many people are into restoring old motorbikes.”