This page is dedicated to our family, friends and aquaintances who rode before us. As we are just the custodians of our old motorcycles so that they may be preserved for future generations to enjoy, previous owners regarded them as lifelines for survival. The importance of their steads was also reflected proudly in photographs, some that now lie in old shoe boxes in the bottom of the closet waiting for the dustbin in the next spring clean.

Well, we at Barnstormers would like to celebrate these brave men and women by including your treasured photographs of them for all to see on this page. To contribute to this series contact us with what you would like to submit, including a brief description on the year (if known) people (including relationship to you) , place, and motorcycle (if possible) in the photograph(s).

Remember – the motorcycles have to be pre 1945, and we need your permission to publish the photograph (or if the photograph belongs to somebody else we will need their permission). This is to do with copyright.

4 Generations of Motorcyclists.

McSnotty : February 15, 2011 11:09 pm : Barnstormers Remembered

In the 1990s New Zealands custom and modified non Japanese motorcycle magazine called Twin Eagle used to have the occassional page with very early photographs titled Blast From The Past. These were contributions from readers and there were some very interesting scenes including this one titled 4 Generations. The great grandfather is sitting on a early Indian and sidecar, and the grandfather is on a Reading Standard which would have been quite rare compared to Harley Davidsons and Indians of the time. We have left the bottom photgraph in even though it is outside Barnstormers pre 1945 ideals as it is an acknowledgement of the complete 4 family generations. The young son would now be about 23 years old. Should any of our readers recognise the family we would be very interested in contacting them for any additional information that could be added to this page. Contact us at

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McSnotty : February 15, 2011 9:22 pm : Barnstormers Remembered

Not much information on this photograph except the rider was a boarder called Jack and he must have stayed for quite a while because when he finally left he had much less hair than shown in this photograph. Motorcycle is a late 1910s~early 1920 Douglas 2 3/4 hp 2 speed belt drive twin cylinder and the photograph was taken after 1926 as it has the front number plate across the front mudguard. Bought at a swap meet for $2.00

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Raymond Moss And His 1917 Henderson.

McSnotty : May 27, 2010 1:16 am : Barnstormers Remembered

Under Old Barnstormers Remembered this is an interesting story of a young man and his love for his Henderson motorcycle that his son John thought we all might like to read about.

Ray was born in 1914 and grew up with a passion for things mechanical. He left school when he was 14 years old and started as an apprentice pattern maker/floor molder in Seager Bros foundry on the Auckland waterfront.

As a 17 year old Ray was given a 1917 Henderson 4 cylinder motorcycle. It wasn’t in the best of condition and the only way Ray was able to transport it home was as parts in a steel wheel garden barrow. A pretty easy task if you lived next door however Rays trip was from Onehunga, over the old Mangere Bridge, along Coronation Rd, Favona Rd to Station Rd Otahuhu. Not a pleasant journey and no doubt took the best part of a day to complete. more »

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Mr and Mrs Sherman with their 1904 Brown

McSnotty : December 17, 2009 12:21 am : Barnstormers Remembered

Barnstormer contributor Steve Wynnes purchase of the 1905 Brown motorcycle at the recent Webbs Motorcycle Auction (see here for report) was inspired by a photograph given to him by his grandmother over 50 years ago. Steve picks up the story –

The photograph shows my grandparents Jack and Mary Sherman in 1904/05 on a Brown motorcycle with trailer. Although I never met my granddad, he was a motoring pioneer opening up a service station in 1900 in the Manchester area of England. Granny gave me the picture 50 years ago and told me that they used to travel regularly from Manchester to Cambridge (about 160 miles) on the Brown. When they arrived she would be covered from head to toe in dust, oil, smoke and horse poo! You can see why.

It is my belief one inherits talents and interests from grandparents, not parents, so this is my way of getting in touch with the grandfather I never knew. From my as yet one short run I can only be impressed, and he must have been an Olympic athlete to have started the motorcycle with granny in the trailer!

Apparently in 1903 Mr Brown offered a prize for the first bike home on a 200 mile run, his bike came in third. In 1904 he offered it again, this time winning his own prize. You will see now why I am so pleased to have bought a similar bike at the recent Webbs Auction and why my first trip must be at least 200 miles. I may even make it down to Barnstormer Central, but with no brakes, no clutch and no gears I will have to develop my swerving and avoidance techniques to get over the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

Please enjoy the photograph as I have done over the last 50 years.

Regards, Steve.

Many thanks for your contribution Steve.

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