Monday, November 21, 2011

'Kwacker' roars in cultural journey

Image of the 'Kwacker' model discussed below, courtesy of fellow blogger FloridaSteve.

SOME powerful engines have run sweetly through the decades in tribute to the 1974 Australian movie Stone.
The movie about a Sydney cop's undercover mission in an outlaw motorcycle gang seems to be one of those classic "love it or hate it" productions.
The staunchest critics would cringe at notes about Stone at the national audiovisual heritage website, Australian Screen.
"An instant box-office smash, it connected powerfully with audiences as the first true depiction of life among Australian ‘bikies’, and not American ‘bikers’," curator Richard Kuipers says.
"More than three decades later, Stone commands a cult following like no other Australian film."

ALLAN Baggs, of Victoria Point, is proud to be a member of that cult. Allan's love of motorcycles started on his family's vineyard at Berry, South Australia.
As he grew into a teenager,he cut the bodywork off an old DKW scooter and rode it around the farm. After he saw Stone he dreamed of owning a Kawasaki Z900, the bike that had a star role.
About three years ago he swapped a Honda that he had restored for his dream bike that had been in a garage for years and had only 13,000 miles (21,000 kilometres) on the clock.
"The Z900 was the first of the real superbikes and went from 1973 to 1976; mine was the last of the model," Allan says, adding that riding it is "a real buzz: it takes me back to when I was a young bloke".
Allan qualified as a chef and escaped the southern cold to move to Queensland about 30 years ago. He worked at some prestigious eateries including "the old Oscars" on the Gold Coast.

OVER the years he has built up several businesses cleaning and maintaining specialist equipment in the food industry and now is the proprietor of Precision Powder Coating, Underwood.
He and wife Cynthia, who have two daughters, built a house at Victoria Point in 1997. They are now putting the finishing touches on a new home in the same suburb.
That's why Allan advertised his beloved Kawasaki as a swap for concreting on the drive and paths. He estimates the project totals more than 200 square metres.
Allan is sad about the impending loss of the Kawasaki, which the ad described as awesome,but he is keen to get the work done before the wet season.
Cynthia learned about the Queensland climate a lot earlier than Allan as her family moved from Herberton to the Redlands.
After three keen inquiries for the bike valued between $10,000 and $12,000, the couple appears likely to get the work done before the storms.

Thanks for joining me to meet the people in the marvellous community of classified advertising. This column has appeared in The Redland Times.

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