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A perfect day for riding a Norton! A dry cool morning that fined up to a warm day considering the brisk weather of late. It was a great effort to see a good turn out for Norton and BSA's to keep those ever increasingly and common Triumph bikes at bay.
All three Marquees were in attendance and a generally friendly vibe was happening,
And the venue is well suited with its 1950's diner decore, and great food and coffee.
There are extensive workshop facilities at the rear to give a visitor who enjoys any classic bikes, plenty to peruse, an Imported 850 commando off the boat from England was on one of the work stands.
I really can't wait to get my Norton Model 18 back on the road or we are at the risk of having to rename the club " the commando club". Apart from lacking the lineage of the Ace cafe in the north of London, this cafe certainly offers a lot more to see and strictly aimed at the motorcyclist.
Somewhat different to the usual gatherings, It was interesting when the girls on their cafe racers turned up, en masse, with the specific purpose of checking out the men who ride Nortons.
Pete's fashionably late arrival on the Egli did catch a few admirers, but I think the que to see the Hodaka Wombat belonging to Norton owner/member and sometime editor of VMX magazine (Ken) was a lot longer? , mmmm. Maybe not!
Thanks to Ben and the Committee for organising another venue for us to use our Nortons and I hope there are more gatherings to come!
Brad ( model 18)
P.S. This is the Honda scooter that Brad rode to Brookvale!
The NOCNSW was at the 2015 Barry Sheene Festival of Speed this weekend. I popped in on Sunday morning early to find the tent erected already and manned by the club president and a few other club stalwarts.
There was a steady flow of enquires from people dropping by the tent to either have a chat about Nortons, buy some merch or enquire about the club and at least one new member signed up over the weekend. Good to see some old and new faces, check out other members solutions to the Commando's quirks and even watch a few races.
Thanks to all who turned up to help over the weekend.
The Vintage motorbike week in Bathurst meant numbers were a little down, but this is a once in a year occurrence and I would never want to miss another one, not only a good selection of Commando’s, but many of those wonderful old classic Nortons in condition varying from barn fresh to pristine.
As a relative newcomer, I found everyone to be friendly and interested, and being the new owner of a pre war Norton very helpful and informative. I appreciated there was a very open minded attitude towards my slightly Colorado Norton-ised Commando, and I didn’t experience any ‘ocker knockers' counting rivets and any changes made to a standard. (Mmmmm Ocker Noccer could be a good name for club magazine). And I am the first to appreciate the pure original bikes that people are fortunate to own, there were plenty there to drool over!
My thanks to Ben Woolven who puts his heart and soul in to providing opportunities to meet up, ride and socialise on a bi weekly basis, and with two major annual events to the north and south of Sydney. Given it is a week for British royal visits, it was somewhat appropriate for President Tim to arrive fashionably late on his Royal Blue carriage and receive the Royal Norton Salute which resembled Winston Churchill’s Victory sign minus a finger. My personal favourite was Alan on his original owner, barn fresh commando resplendent in period dress of jeans and red flanno shirt. Thanks to Bob Davis for his helpful advice on pre war Nortons, and whilst I enjoyed the ride home with Joe on his yellow Norton, I am inconsolable that we left before the arrival of the Vincent Egli! But no doubt our very own filmmaker, The NOC’s version of Charles Chauvel ..Geoff H.....has caught it on film for us to view on Yotube at some time in the future
Don’t miss the next gathering at Stanwell Park in October
Written by a relatively new NOC of NSW member
The first Saturday of 2014
saw members meet at Pie in the Sky on the Old Pacific Highway north of Sydney.
It was a perfect summer’s morning and fantastic riding weather.
Three Commandos ridden by Ben, Brett and Frank arrived early but there was hardly a seat to be found as the weather had persuaded many other motorcycle enthusiasts to venture out.
Our friends from the Veteran and Historic Motorcycle Club also came along for the ride and the conversation covered any number of different bike makes and models. The motorcycle knowledge of members is amazing and I would not like to take them on in a game of Motorcycle Trivial Pursuit.
As is usual at Pie in the Sky the coffee was great and the pies were hot and tasty. A really fine way to spend a lazy summer’s Saturday morning.
Norton Gathering Sydney (south) at Stanwell Park, NSW, Australia on 20 October 2013
The Gathering of the Nortons on April 14 2013 at The Road Warrior Cafe, Mt White, north of Sydney. 25 Nortons came from Newcastle, Sydney and the Blue Mountains to be part of the event.