WAY TO GO: David Jupe of Alstonville took out best classic motorcycle restoration with his 1957 BSA Road Rocket A10.
WAY TO GO: David Jupe of Alstonville took out best classic motorcycle restoration with his 1957 BSA Road Rocket A10. Doug Eaton

Life is a highway for bike devotees

ALSTONVILLE Plaza was transformed into a two-wheeled rev head heaven on Sunday for the inaugural Northern Rivers Classic Motorcycle Club show.

Club president Col McAndrew said hundreds of spectators inspected 87 club members' bikes on show with everything from BSA's to Indian's, Ducati's and Norton's.

Mr McAndrew was impressed with the number of spectators at the show, which raised money for the North Coast Cancer Institute.

"The turnout was fabulous, but we are aiming to do it bigger and better next year," he said.

"At next year's event we will incorporate a motorcycle only swap meet."

"I think it was good to get the image out there to the public that bikers are entirely different to bikies."

Along with club members bikes, another 80 motorcycles owned by members of the Gold Coast BMW club and the Gold Coast Ulysses Club attended the show to spectate.

Mr McAndrew said the Jack Ahearn perpetual trophy was won by David Jupe for his 1957 BSA Road Rocket.

"David was presented the annual perpetual trophy by Northern Rivers motorcycling legend and club patron Jack Ahearn."

Mr Jupe said it took seven years to restore his prize winning machine.

"It was just an engine and a frame when we bought it, so we had to find a lot of parts and that's why it took so long," he said.

"I sourced parts from England, America, New Zealand and Melbourne."

When asked what the restoration cost, Mr Jupe laughed and said, "you don't want to know."

A member of the BSA club of Australia and a winner at last year's nationals with another of his BSA's, Mr Jupe said he rode all six motorcycles he entered in the show from his Alstonville home.

"Between me and my four brothers we have more than 30 BSA's in the shed. I've already got two restorations already on the go for next year."


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