Chopper flight over Melbourne

I took a flight over Melbourne Saturday. I got to ride up front & it was an excellent experience, although the atmosphere was a bit murky and there was no sunshine.

We flew from Essendon Airport down towards Flemington racecourse, over Westgate bridge, then over to Port Melbourne, along the beach to St Kilda, then towards the city over Albert park, then the MCG, Telstra Dome,over the city then back to Essendon. The whole trip was at 1,000 feet or less, so good views of everything.

Robinson Helicopter

Port Melbourne

Melbourne city centre

Telstra Dome, now re-badged as Etihad stadium.

Albert Park

The G

Close up of the instruments.

This thing is small!

I took some video from the point & shoot camera which came out really well, see YouTube

Princetown & Turton’s Track

Marty & I took a ride today down towards the 12 Apostles. It got quite gusty down there so we turned around at Princetown (literally a 2 store town)then headed back inland along Turton’s track. The weather was perfect as was the riding.


Marty’s ZX9R

Easter Classics

Mrs Tarsnakes & I took a trip to the inaugural Easter historic bike bonanza at Broadford (Vic). Here is a small selection of shots that I took today.



I used to have a Kawasaki Z1R exactly like this one.



I’ve also owned two Honda CB750’s like the one on the left.

Again, my interests lean towards the Japanese superbikes of the 1970’s rather than the really classic older bikes. I’d love to have one of these – Honda 6 CBX 1000.

This 6 cylinder Honda CBX motor is a thing of beauty!

What’s an event without an MV Agusta?



Manx Norton up close.



Ex Mike Hailwood Ducati

Mandy Beales, the current Australian champion, period 3 (1946-1962) historic.

One of her beautifully presented ’62 Honda CB72/77 racers.



All tracks at the complex were in use. Here’s a shot from the Speedway.



Classic Racing

Andy, Marty & I took a trip to the Victorian Motorcycle complex at Broadford to watch the Victorian Historic championships. The was also BEARS racing and forgotten era racing. The post classic & Forgotton era T Rex Hondas were particularly impressive as were all the sidecar classes.

A spectator’s Ducati GT750 – the same as Andy once had.