Taking history for a ride at rally
IN 1912 the Birmingham Small Arms motorbike was in its prime.
Nowadays it is a rare piece of history owned by Brisbane historic motorbike guru Chris Cuyler, who got it into shape to tackle the Southern Downs roads for the Warwick Frostbike Rally.
Rally chairman Gary Smith said the crew rode into Warwick's Southern Downs Railway Precinct from their campsite at the Allora Showgrounds to sample some more history on the railway tracks.
“The ride was wet but still a good ride. We sort of dodged a lot of the heavier showers,” Mr Smith said.
In its 18th year, the rally attracted over 70 historic motorbike fans with machines from the early 1900s to the 1960s.
“We all rode them once because they were the only ones available and now we just ride them to go back to what we use to have,” he said.
“They're a lot of fun – always break down.”
The crew planned to hit the roads in the region on Sunday, trek to Tannymorel and out to Swanfels before returning to Allora.
“There are plenty of rare machines here with only 20 or so left,” Mr Smith said.
Ian Dallimore from the Gold Coast has attended the rally about eight times.
He said it was a great weekend with friends.