Below is a selection of photographs of Veteran, Vintage and Classic motorcycles taken at the 1000 Bike Show held at Germiston High School in 2013.


By Roger Houghton

The 2013 edition of the Classic Motorcycle Club’s annual 1000 Bike Show was once again a big success. Not only were there hundreds of classic motorcycles on show in the huge tent at the Germiston High School, but the event again attracted about 10,000 visitors, many of whom came on motorcycles or trikes which made a very interesting show of their own.

The weather on the Saturday (July 6) was overcast, but there was still a crowd of more than 4,000 enthusiasts in attendance. The wonderful weather on the Sunday ensured a bumper crowd who not only admired the motorcycles on display but also had the attraction of almost 100 stalls selling a wide variety of products from food to handmade leather motorcycle gear.

“This year’s event raised more money than ever before, with a number of charities as well as Germiston High the benefactors,” said the chairman of the Classic Motorcycle Club (CMC) and main organiser of the 1000 Bike Show, Pierre Cronje. “The standard of motorcycles on display was once again very high and there were a number of interesting and unique machines on show, including the only British Hesketh in Africa.”


The 1000 Bike Show has a long history, dating back to the first concours d’elegance organised by the CMC in Springs in 1970. It has grown in both the number of motorcycles on display and in stature over the years, having been housed in places such as the East Rand Mall, Avril Elizabeth Children’s Home and the Carlton Centre before ending up at its current venue at Germiston High School.

An interesting occurrence at this year’s event was the starting for the first time in 30 years of a 1978 Ducati 900 GTS which had been standing in a garage in Cape Town since 1983. Chief organiser Pierre Cronje had the honour of pushing the starter button and the machine fired up within seconds.

The very well preserved motorcycle – many components were wrapped in brown paper – was bought recently by Dan Steyn, a local enthusiast who heard it was up for sale as the garage where it was housed was to be demolished. Having owned – and loved – a 1982 Ducati 900 SS in the 1990’s Steyn had no hesitation in adding the 1978 model to his collection of classic motorcycles.


Classic motorcycle racing enthusiast Ian Groat was suprised to find the 500cc BSA Gold Star engine from a motorcycle he brought to SA when he emigrated here many years ago, had been found and built into a BSA frame and was on show. Here he is holding a photo of the original Gold Star he had ridden to watch the Isle of Man races.

Results of the Concours d’Elegance at the 2013 CMC 1000 Bikes Show

Best on show: 1969 Triumph Bonneville (Neville Nicolou)
Best vintage: 1929 BSA S29 (Mr Viljoen)
Best classic: 1938 Matchless (late Bob Baker)
Best post-classic: 1961 Triumph Tiger 100 (Ken Jones)
Best new era: 1973 Suzuki GT 750 (Mr. Gibbon)
Best competition: Matchless G50 Wagon Wheels (Ian Groat)

Ladies’ choice: OK Supreme (Rod Thomas)
Best stand: Classic off-road motorcycles.

Best AMC: 1938 Matchless (late Bob Baker)
Best Ariel: Leader (Mike White)
Best BMW: R50 (Dan Steyn)
Best BSA: Golden Flash (Mr Strukmeyer)
Best DJ bike: Excelsior Manxman (Kevin Robertson)
Best Historic Motor Group racing: Kawasaki (Etienne Louw)
Best Honda: 1972 SS50 Z (Johnny Helleva)
Best Italian: Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans (Mr Shadwell)
Best Kawasaki: 1976 Z750 (Roy Hallaby)
Best Norton; Commando (Gareth Harvey)
Best off-road: 1974 Yamaha YZ 250 (Mike Payne)
Best Royal Enfield: Bullet racer (Dion de Beer)
Best Suzuki: Katana (Randall Norman)
Best Triumph: 1957 Tiger 100 (Dennis da Silva)
Best Velocette: KSS (Des Burton)
Best Yamaha: YAS-2K (Mr Gibbon)

Below is a selection of photographs from the event.