On ya bikes for an Indian tribute

IT MAY be the city's biggest eyesore, but to the Capricorn Historical Motorcycle Club the Churchs' Building is an important piece of history worth paying homage to.

The motorcycle club did just that yesterday, pulling out their old Indian motorbikes and paying homage to the premises that first sold Indian motorcycles in Rockhampton.

As testimony to the authenticity of the claim, organiser of the day's events, David Bell, had a 1928 advertisement from The Morning Bulletin.

The advertisement promised "Longer wheel base, front wheel brakes and many new features.''

J.W. Tulk was the sole agent based at Churchs' Building on Fitzroy Street.

Peter Allen believes his Indian motorcycle is from Rockhampton, although maybe not J.W. Tulk.

His 1942 Indian Scout did a stint in Asia during the World War II before being shipped to Brisbane and bought by the Vizes shop in Rockhampton.

The bike was then sold to Turkey Creek Station at Springsure, for the mail run.

It then spent many years in the property's barn ? the plight of many old vehicles.

Mr Allen bought the motorcycle plus bits and pieces of another and is keeping the old engine restored.



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