VINTAGE RESTORATION: Robyn and Rowan Bond load up the vintage Douglas motorcycle.
VINTAGE RESTORATION: Robyn and Rowan Bond load up the vintage Douglas motorcycle. Brandon Livesay

Restoration rescue

IT WAS a rescue the police don't usually anticipate making.

When Gayndah Museum went under water in the January floods, so did the prized English-made vintage Douglas motorcycle.

But when Bundaberg disaster co-ordinator superintendent Rowan Bond heard about the waterlogged classic from the 1920s, he jumped at the chance to restore it.

A collector and restorer of old bikes and a member of the Historical Motorcycle Club of Queensland, Mr Bond said the museum's Douglas was very well known among enthusiasts.

"In amongst all the things we have been doing with the flood recovery, word got out about this old vintage Douglas," he said.

"I offered to take it and see what I could do. Apparently it's never gone, but that sounds like a challenge to me.

"It's important we preserve it. 

"That motor will be full of water so we will have to drain it and oil it.

"It's a shame it has had to go through this, but we'll get it back and looking great."

Mr Bond has already found a carburettor for the bike after digging through his parts collection.

And he said hopefully the bike would take its rightful place in the museum in time for Christmas.

"We will get it presentable and have it all nice and clean and polished up for the museum," Mr Bond said.  


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