Rare historic motorcycles at Moto Expo

Historic motorcycles: Vincent HRD Speedway Sidecar

The inaugural Brisbane Moto Expo on March 21-23 will not only have a host of new bikes on display and for demo rides, but there will also be a display of 35 rare historic motorcycles valued at more than $1.5million. The display  at Brisbane’s RNA Showgrounds will include a 1911 Triumph TT racer which is one of only two in the world and the only 1913 Precision in existence.

Returning to the showgrounds will be a 1959 Matchless Dirt Track Racer owned by Brisbane local John Finglas and raced there in the 1960s and the Geoff Grocott built Vincent HRD Speedway Sidecar bought by Ray Andrieux in 1969 who raced the famed track to great success in the early 1970s. Ray sold the bike in the late ‘/70s and bought it back in 2006. He spent two years finding the missing parts and restoring it to the way it was when he last raced it.

Historic motorcycles: 1959 Matchless
1959 Matchless

Another rare racing bike is the factory works SR500 ridden by five-time World Motocross Champion George Jobe in the 1984 World 500 Championship. It has never seen before in Australia.

Event Organiser Troy Bayliss said it was an incredible feat to secure such a rare collection of bikes and “especially fitting” to have two of the original bikes that raced at the showgrounds. “Never before has a motorcycle exhibition played host to such an amazing array of historic motorcycles,” he says.

Along with the classic and vintage bikes, visitors can see the best of the modern era on display in Gasoline Alley’s ‘Show N Shine’. Moto Expo will also feature the latest bikes, accessories and services on display from almost 100 exhibitors and racing on the Saturday night.


There will be free undercover motorcycle parking off O’Connell Terrace. If you missed out on there five double passes given away by MotorbikeWrite, you can buy tickets here.

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