Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Bicycles in Kapunda... and a Datsun

Today was the first day of the Tour Downunder which began in Clare,  went on through Light Regional Council towns including Kapunda, ending in Tanunda (where I regularly work in the Regional Art Gallery.)
We parked near the centre of town and walked down to the Council chambers where we were to have lunch and vview the race.



On the way,  we passed the North Kapunda Hotel, and I took this picture because it has now returned to its real name.  The building has been owned by another publican for the past several years and he had renamed it "The Sir Sidney Kidman Hotel" ... presumably to trade on the tourist potential of one of the better known residents of the town.  

I don't think that any local people actually used the new name.  In fact,   it has only been known as "The North" around here,  and I'm sure that it's been confusing to any newly arrived residents or visitors.   You'll notice the bicycles on the verandah... they had ridden into town ahead of the "pack"  so to speak.

By the time that we got along the street,  the crowd was beginning to gather....


... and the dignitaries began to gather also....



As we came out of the council building,  the "breakaway" came straight past...  three of them way out in front,  including one of the local heroes riding for the Uni SA team.
Then came the police motorcycles,  helicopters and media cars... so much noise!  Then the main group,  the peleton came around from Clare Road and on down the main street... at the middle of  the main street was the end of a sprint section, making it quite spectacular for the Main Street crowd....

.....  down the main street....



...and right past us...  and then  the team cars,  the ambulances and rescue vehicles....  all with sirens blaring and stretchers at the ready.


A few minutes later, along came local legend,  Ross Vogt on his penny farthing...  note the lack of a helmet, thought the hat looks pretty good.


... he dismounted for a photograph.  The bicycle is made by Singer (later the car manufacturer) and has a lever action rather than fixed pedals.  


Getting on again seemed pretty easy when done by an expert....


...and he rode off down the street to join the bike parade.


There were four penny farthings and quite a few children with decorated bicycles...



Back to the council building and here is another local legend...  Brendan,  with his bike.


It has a pretty robust electrical system.  He needs it as he rides around the town late at night collecting bottles and cans which in South Australia are worth 10c each because of the deposit on drink containers. One never sees a single one left around here.


There is quite a "dashboard" on the handlebars....


... and quite an interesting battery pack in the back.



As quickly as it all appeared,  the town was quickly back to normal.... and all that was around on the way back to the car was a few streamers....



When I got home,  I got to work on my car and get it running.  It has been unregistered for some time, and I will be needing in the next few weeks....  and so here it is....


... lovely as long as you don't look too closely at the rusty bits!

It was made in December of 1969,  and so it has recently turned 40!
Meanwhile the garden is thriving,  the weather is fine (no rain) and the rest of the week should be back to hot weather.

2 comments:

Fiona (posts by her mum and dad) said...

Lovely to see pics of kapunda. Cool bikes. But why werent you in the bike parrade too?

Jane said...

I was being "Councillor Jane Alcorn" at the time :)