Willunga Swap and short ride Aug 2016...

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Willunga Swap and short ride Aug 2016...

Post by Prof » Sun Aug 21, 2016 9:46 pm

Willunga Swap Meet has sure come around quickly this year. Rain was forecast and a number of the CA guys probably stayed home as a result, but the weather turned out to be excellent.

Despite still getting over a flu, Victor came rode his 74 shovel chopper the night before and arrived just in time for a desert of Prof's renowned pancakes.

The alarm at 6am disturbed a sound sleep and and we were out of the house by 6.45...
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Paul got out his shovel and CB550 and fired them up and we got them over to swap meet as well. Terry and his green XS rolled up a little later, so it was very gratifying to see our line up of classic choppers...
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Victor was not buying, so I did a circuit of the meet. A lot less stalls than in past years, but I still managed to spend more money than normal on just a few items; narrow glide front end, some near new flying boots (mine are falling to bits) a helmet with built in visor that will make life a bit easier when riding in heavy rain. When I got back Victor was entertaining interested blokes and had been most of the time. I enjoyed a few good conversations and we got some interest in CA...
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Victor then took off to catch up with a couple of hot rodders he knew and took a couple of photos of his mates chev...
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... and a 13 thousand dollar stuffed lion...
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Kevin rolled up on his Trumpy chopper and soon after we packed up. Some of the CA guys are joining in on a two day ride to the southeast the week after the October long weekend. This was discussed and notification will appear on this forum soon, as well as a planned CA overnighter to Terowie on the long weekend...
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I took Paul's choppers home with Victor acting as my return chauffeur. Got a cool bit of movie footage off the back of his shovel. It was a real tight fit behind him, with high footpegs very reminiscent of the seventies classic choppers... revealing a lot of the chicks anatomy especially with mini skirts the rage in that era...

Kevin had to get home early, so took off and I led the other two home; well not directly... did a bit of sight seeing up on a no through road to the top of the range....
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Lunch of fried eggs and Victor who was still not feeling too good, mounted his 74 and with a clatter of the open clutch and a click of the jockey shift rumbled off...
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Terry was going the long way home, so I offered to join him as far as Meadows. He suggested I take him along a couple of back roads. But firstsome go juice from the Willunga servo. A couple of blokes were filling up their 4WD and were rapt in our choppers and the discussion went on for a good ten or so minutes, then fire up and roar off...

Range Road West and cool 19th century slate fence posts...
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Across Victor Harbor Road and along Range Road. Great road and terrific views...
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Then along Whickham's Hill Road which was a bit interesting as it was wet and the road rubble was just plain slosh in places and pretty slippery...
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Then Wicks Road...
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... and finally onto the main Kangarilla/Meadows drag. We conferred and decided a hot chocolate at the Meadows Cafe would be a good finish to an enjoyable day. Place was very busy and we sat with a couple who were HOG members on their way home from a HOG run. I think I earbashed them a bit too much on our antics in the 70's. Sorry if I did folks. A Harley each... and his was LOUD...
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Time to part. Terry back to the northern suburbs and me enjoying a very leisurely 80kph cruise, thoroughly enjoying the rumble of my twisted straight outs and that motor response unique to the old shovelhead...
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Another good day in the life of a dyed in the wool, one eyed, totally biased, classic chopper jockey...
Chopit'nrideit... Prof

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