Okay, so this sure-as-hell isn't going to be a post about cars; being near enough a page of gardening tips or sponge-cake recipes, on what is essentially a car blog; but cmon! Embrace the colours.. the decals.. the graphics. The detailing on these things is just epic, and the parallels to a classic-car show are SO strong.
These things are just compressed-rad - the bicycle-equivalents of the cars I like.
THIS is what I spent my Sunday doing. Got up bright and early, chucked the '87 Haro Freestyler Sport in the back of the 4Runner, and moseyed off to Hurstbridge. Was definitely a laugh booming down through the crowds (the BMX show is part of an overall Hustbridge 'Wattle' festival) on my two-wheeled slice of late-eighties... something that was instantly no longer out-of-place the moment it hit the BMX show area.
Rolled in, grabbed a stand from a trade-stall (luckily, as the bike was going to sit upside-down otherwise!), and parked the bike up alongside what was hundreds of absolute classics - everything from the 'bicycle-motorcross' 70s origins, to the fluorescent 80s freestyle-era, to the bullet-proof over-built tanks that came out of the 90s.
I took 153 photos...
...and here they are.
"This is earliest known surviving, complete, original Harry Leary Turbo.
It Still has the rare Diamond Back stamped Kashi Aero Suede Seat, which was only fitted during the early months of production before they changed to the five star saddle.
It also has the pre-production black/grey Oakley F1's which didn't have the Oakley logo on the inside of the flange but only had the Oakley patent pending number.
This bike was purchased from Western Australia around five years ago."
"This bike was bought in the UK. The previous owner purchased it from an old bike shop which had it in storage for 20 years. The bike was never sold in the 80's and was moved around in storage, hence the marks to the delicate smoke finish.
This HLT remains on the few complete NOS examples in the world."
The interesting part of these being here, is that the event organizers impressively brought Harry Leary out from the US just for the event! Safe to say there were quite a few Diamond Back bikes there that day...
a little easier on the eyes than mine...
A BMX from the company that supplied 90% of the plastic wheels (Tuffs) there that day..!
I'm going to have to wrap this right up here, as eeesh... it's almost 5am. How the hell does this take SO much time?!
So (understandably.. please!?) no time for a re-read or spell-check today - here's hoping it all makes some sense!
Regardless. TOP event. Huge turnout for what is only the 7th year, which I imagine is no small effort for the organizers - they deserve a big pat on the back for this.
Until next year...