For the bikie in us

CLASSIC BIKES: Gisborne Vintage Motorcycle Club president Peter Anderson (left) stands next to a 1929 B.S.A Sloper. Club captain Jim McMillan (right) shows off a 1964 Honda 305 Supersport. Over 100 vintage bikes will be on display at the Rosine Building on Gladstone Road this weekend. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell

IT might not be Easy Rider, but it is a living piece of history that inspires dreams of speed, open roads and freedom.

“It is a 1929 BSA, you know, a ‘Bloody Sore Arse’,” a member of the Gisborne Vintage Motorcycle Club joked.

Club president Peter Anderson quickly explained that BSA actually stands for Birmingham Small Arms, but the 500cc motorcycle is more commonly known as a “Sloper”, due to its sloping engine.

That passion, knowledge and sense of fun will be on display along with more than 100 other vintage motorcycles at the former DJ Barry/Resene ColourShop Building in Gladstone Road this weekend from 8am to 5pm. Entry will be $5, with proceeds going to Eastland Helicopter Rescue Trust.

“We want to promote ourselves and vintage motorcycles,” Mr Anderson said.

“It will be a good way to stimulate interest in the club.”

The club is hoping the event will help membership grow and generate an understanding about the history of the bikes. The majority of motorcycles will be from Gisborne owners but there will be a few “out-of-towners.”

Club captain Jim McMillan said the public would be surprised at the variety of motorcycles on display.

“It will be an amazing cross-section of motorcycles,” he said.

For enthusiasts it is not just about bikes, but building and strengthening community. Members hope a successful turnout and fundraising drive will inspire other Gisborne clubs.

“If we can do it and stimulate growth then other clubs can do it as well,” Mr McMillan said.

The event will feature informative displays, information about the rescue service and activities for children.

IT might not be Easy Rider, but it is a living piece of history that inspires dreams of speed, open roads and freedom.

“It is a 1929 BSA, you know, a ‘Bloody Sore Arse’,” a member of the Gisborne Vintage Motorcycle Club joked.

Club president Peter Anderson quickly explained that BSA actually stands for Birmingham Small Arms, but the 500cc motorcycle is more commonly known as a “Sloper”, due to its sloping engine.

That passion, knowledge and sense of fun will be on display along with more than 100 other vintage motorcycles at the former DJ Barry/Resene ColourShop Building in Gladstone Road this weekend from 8am to 5pm. Entry will be $5, with proceeds going to Eastland Helicopter Rescue Trust.

“We want to promote ourselves and vintage motorcycles,” Mr Anderson said.

“It will be a good way to stimulate interest in the club.”

The club is hoping the event will help membership grow and generate an understanding about the history of the bikes. The majority of motorcycles will be from Gisborne owners but there will be a few “out-of-towners.”

Club captain Jim McMillan said the public would be surprised at the variety of motorcycles on display.

“It will be an amazing cross-section of motorcycles,” he said.

For enthusiasts it is not just about bikes, but building and strengthening community. Members hope a successful turnout and fundraising drive will inspire other Gisborne clubs.

“If we can do it and stimulate growth then other clubs can do it as well,” Mr McMillan said.

The event will feature informative displays, information about the rescue service and activities for children.

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