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Bicycle - Hubert Opperman, 'Malvern Star' Motor Pace Model, Melbourne, 1930 Object Reg. No: ST 018363

Racing bicycle on which Hubert Opperman set a world record for 100 mile motor pace riding at the Melbourne Motordrome (now Olympic Park) in April 1930.
This was a specially modified version of a standard design made by the Malvern Star Cycle & Motor Co., Melbourne. It has an extra large front crank sprocket wheel for additonal speed and a smaller front wheel enabling the forks to be reveresed so that the rider could ride on the rear wheel of a pacing motor cycle sitting in the slipstream of the motor-cycle rider to reduce air friction on the bicycle rider.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Bruce Small Pty Ltd, Malvern Star Cycle & Motor Co, 1931
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 850 mm (Height), 1540 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: cycles, bicycle racing, bicycles, logan
Themes this item is part of: Transport Collection, Hubert Ferdinand Opperman, Cyclist & Politican (1904-1996)
Primary Classification: ROAD TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Cycles
Tertiary Classification: bicycles
Inscriptions: Stamped "16280" on rear right-hand axle bracket and both "16280" & "J124" on the underside of the crank axle housing. Also embossed "CHATER-LEA" on underside of crank axle housing.
Manufacturer: Bruce Small Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1926
User: Sir Hubert Opperman, Australia, 1930

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