AOMC Festival of Motoring, 21 Jan 2024

Cruden Farm,Langwarrin

Having arranged to have a Classic Club display at this event some months before, I was always fearful that it would be held on one of Melbourne’s summer heatwaves but on the day we were favoured with a mild, mid-20’s, perfect day.

The group met at the BP service station on  the Westernport Highway in Cranbourne and after coffee and the usual good-natured banter, 15 of us set off for the short ride to Cruden Farm. We arrived at the property at around 9:00 am and there were already a lot of display vehicles assembled and we had a bit of a slow ride up the driveway into our display position.

The location selected for our display was a courtyard setting, close to the old stables, on a firm gravel service, ideal to safely set up our bikes. While it seemed to be a little removed from the assembly of display cars, it turned out to be an excellent location with a lot of spectators coming through to and from the main carpark.

There was a lot of interest in the motorcycles from the patrons, with Ian Snadden’s Triumph Junior and Vince Roger’s Norvin being extremely popular. At various times throughout the day, a few other bikes joined our group to add to the range of bikes, including a nice Honda CBX 1000 and an Ariel Red Hunter. The feedback from attendee’s and AOMC officials regarding the Cub’s presence at the event was very positive and I feel we did a lot to gain further recognition of motorcycles within the AOMC. Those present were able to get around to see some wonderful vehicles on display, around 500 in total and to enjoy some relaxed company under the Club marquee. It wasn’t a particularly long day and most of us were headed for home by 2:00 pm.


I greatly appreciate the Classic Club agreeing to support this event and those members who agreed to display their motorcycles on the day.

Those attending were :-

Rider Year Bike
John Best 1969 Triumph Bonneville
Graeme Boulter 1972 Honda CB900F
Paul Clayton 1952 Matchless G80S
Greg Costello 1969 Velocette Sportsman
Peter Hansen 1974 Triumph Bonneville T140V
Jimmy Linton 1973 Norton Commando 850
Peter Mathews 1963 BMW R69S + Tilbrook Sidecar and
1975 BMW R90S
Rob Mullins 1972 BMW R75/5
Greg Myers 1972 Ducati 750 GT
Vince Rogers 1956 Norvin Peter Tickle Special
Brian Shelton 1973 Ducati 750 GT
Ian Snadden 1927 Triumph Junior
Mike Walker 1971 Triumph Trident
Ian Young 1971 Triumph T100R Tiger
Terry Hoare 1972 Honda CB750
Paul White 1972 Honda CB750
John Killingsworth Mid 80’s BMW R80