The all-new Motorcycling Australia Museum Hot on the heels of Motorcycling Australia (MA) announcing the formation of a new division to cater for the needs of recreational motorcyclists, comes yet another initiative -- a museum designed to ...
The all-new Motorcycling Australia Museum
Hot on the heels of Motorcycling Australia (MA) announcing the formation of a new division to cater for the needs of recreational motorcyclists, comes yet another initiative -- a museum designed to preserve significant racing motorcycles.
All too often, motorcycles that contribute to our great sporting heritage are lost to future generations: cast aside, forgotten or dismantled.
It is MA's aim to find these machines, as well as sporting memorabilia, and display them for all to see. We will establish a loan scheme with other public and private collections, so that enthusiasts, Australia-wide, will have the opportunity to witness our history close-up.
The motorcycles in the MA Museum will all be mobile, and will be demonstrated wherever possible, rather than remaining as static exhibits.
MA is proud to announce the following acquisitions to kickstart the museum:
1. Mike Hailwood's Ducati 750SS. Arguably one of the most significant racing bikes in the world. When the late Mike Hailwood made his celebrated comeback to racing in 1977, he did it on the Ducati 750SS at the famed Castrol 6-hour. Teamed with Jim Scaysbrook, the duo finished sixth outright and third in the 750cc class. The same pairing, still 750SS mounted, also went on to contest the following year's six-hour, in addition to the popular Adelaide 3-hour. The bike has been owned since new by Newcastle-based Malcolm Bailey, and was completely rebuilt after its last race. It is still painted in the livery of its main sponsor, the Adelaide clothing company Golden Breed. MA's purchase means that the 750SS will remain in Australia, rather than disappear overseas like so many others.
2. Roy East's Matchless Metisse. Roy East, who passed away in 2002, was one of the greatest all-rounders Australia has ever seen. A champion road racer, dirt tracer and motocrosser, Roy spent 10 years racing professionally in England, Europe and the USA, first on BSA Gold Stars and later on the Metisse. On his return to Australia in 1970, Roy became a Honda dealer and later the Australian importer for Husqvarna. Roy's Metisse represents the classic period in motocross when the big four-strokes could still hold their own with the two-strokes. The Metisse was stored for many years and is currently being rebuilt for display and demonstration purposes.