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Old 08-15-2010, 09:24 PM   #1
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The old man ridding back in the day pics

I stubled across this picture of my dad from back when I was about 2.
When I was a kid I thought no one could possibly ride as good as he did.
He doesn't ride any more but the funny thing is any time I get a new bike and take it by to show him, his test rides usually involve a wheelie.
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Old 08-26-2010, 07:42 AM   #2
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Not my old man, but my great-uncle Bonnie Waddell (2nd from right) as a Home Defence dispatch rider in Brisbane, 1942.

After the war, he had moderate success as a speedway racer. Riding for teams in Australia and England, including the Newcastle Diamonds and Plymouth Devils. He also represented Australia in several "Tests" against England up until about 1952.

He had a motorcycle shop in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, up until the late '60s I think.

Whenever my mother gets on my back about riding bikes I tell her, it's in my genes - from her side of the family, so it's her fault!
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Old 08-26-2010, 07:53 AM   #3
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The Grampster. AKA: The 18 year-old squid, posing hard on his buddy's ride.

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Old 08-26-2010, 08:00 AM   #4
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I stubled across this picture of my dad from back when I was about 2.
When I was a kid I thought no one could possibly ride as good as he did.
He doesn't ride any more but the funny thing is any time I get a new bike and take it by to show him, his test rides usually invole a wheelie.
[IMG][/IMG]
Not exactly ATGATT
Looks like pops is rocking a tricked out Yamaha DT? complete w/Preston Petty plastic front fender and alloy fork brace. Headlight=tossed. (lights are for pussies!) As for the gear.. well, it was the 70's. Evel was still wearing a cape...
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Old 08-26-2010, 02:24 PM   #5
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This is my grandfather sometime in between 1915 and 1920

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Old 08-26-2010, 02:46 PM   #6
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Hi there, Riderman,

Quote."He had a motorcycle shop in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, up until the late '60s I think."

I bought my first bike at Waddells,secondhand Honda C92-E, 125 twin. From memory he and his brother owned the shop in Ann street which is now nidghtclubs etc.
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Hi there, Riderman,

Quote."He had a motorcycle shop in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, up until the late '60s I think."

I bought my first bike at Waddells,secondhand Honda C92-E, 125 twin. From memory he and his brother owned the shop in Ann street which is now nidghtclubs etc.
Yes, that's the place. I remember going there as a small child but, as you say, it's all gone now.
I wonder how many other inmates bought a bike (their first, or otherwise) from them..?

His brother Jack was also a speedway racer in his younger days. But I can't find very much about his career.
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This is my grandfather sometime in between 1915 and 1920

Great photo!
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Old 08-26-2010, 08:27 PM   #9
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Here's my grandfather on my dad's side in the 20s, Worcester, MA:



Here he is again in 1947, Venice, CA:



Later into the 50s:



My dad in 1949 on his Triumph TR5:



On his '66 Bultaco Matador:



Again in 2005:




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Awesome pic
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Old 08-27-2010, 08:11 AM   #11
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My father in law on his ULH

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Old 08-27-2010, 09:57 AM   #12
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I love these old pics.
Thanks for sharing.
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Old 08-27-2010, 10:15 AM   #13
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I posted this a few years ago in a thread about the original adventure riders but it seems appropriate here - my mom and dad on their honeymoon traveling around the Gaspe Peninsula. The bike is a '49 Matchless. They're wearing 1 piece Royal Canadian Air Force flight suits. The dog didn't travel with them.

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Old 08-27-2010, 10:49 AM   #14
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Here he is again in 1947, Venice, CA:



Later into the 50s:


I like how much more mischievious his grin become, once he got on a Triumph. These are wonderful pics!
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Old 08-27-2010, 02:36 PM   #15
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What are those dryer-vent things popping out of their headlights??

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....Not my old man, but my great-uncle Bonnie Waddell (2nd from right) as a Home Defence dispatch rider in Brisbane, 1942.
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