Great dinner: AJS Motorcycles 100-year anniversary rally organiser John Wellings with the great-grandson of the founder of the company, Colin Stevens.
Great dinner: AJS Motorcycles 100-year anniversary rally organiser John Wellings with the great-grandson of the founder of the company, Colin Stevens.

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.”



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