K (??) Amateur Cycling Club

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K (??) Amateur Cycling Club

Postby barkmadly » Sat Dec 15, 2012 5:46 pm

I picked up a fantastic early '50's Cecil Walker racing frame today at the FYXO swap meet. Clearly hand painted on the top tube is "J Porter, KACC".

Does anyone know of a Victorian amateur cycling club from that era beginning with K?

I can guess at Kew, Korumburra, maybe even Koo Wee Rup.

And if anyone has heard of J Porter, even better.

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Re: K (??) Amateur Cycling Club

Postby cycles gitane » Sun Dec 16, 2012 11:08 am

barkmadly wrote:I picked up a fantastic early '50's Cecil Walker racing frame today at the FYXO swap meet. Clearly hand painted on the top tube is "J Porter, KACC".

Does anyone know of a Victorian amateur cycling club from that era beginning with K?

I can guess at Kew, Korumburra, maybe even Koo Wee Rup.

And if anyone has heard of J Porter, even better.

Mark


It was a very nice frame you scored.
Trove is the best place to search........

http://trove.nla.gov.au/

Pictures???


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Re: K (??) Amateur Cycling Club

Postby tedsbikes » Sun Dec 16, 2012 1:08 pm

My guess is Kensington, but Kew also had a club in 1930s-40s.

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Re: K (??) Amateur Cycling Club

Postby scratchman » Sun Dec 16, 2012 1:11 pm

hmmmm.....that's tricky, I thought of Kyabram cos my Dad lived up there for a while and I know there
was a cycling club, but of course a track bike needs a velodrome to race on, so that may tie it down to
a suburban area like Kew as there was/is a track at Hawthorn, I know cos I raced there in the 60's.

It is a pity that there's no actual history of cycling clubs, I know there was moves to start some history
and I offered help, but nothing has come of it http://www.vic.cycling.org.au/feedback/ ... sp?ID=6705

I'll have a look through my old programs to " refresh " my memory on clubs of that time ( 50's , 60's )
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Re: K (??) Amateur Cycling Club

Postby tedsbikes » Sun Dec 16, 2012 2:59 pm

Browsing through some old Australian Cyclist mags from 40s & 50s I found the Kensington club news, which mentioned, among others, a J Porter in "this bunch is going really well" (AC Sept 1948).


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Re: K (??) Amateur Cycling Club

Postby brentono » Sun Dec 16, 2012 4:37 pm

Kilkenny Amateur Cycling Club :D
Adelaide S.A.
February 1946
At the annual' championships carnival held yesterday at the Hanson Reserve Oval, Woodville North,
by the Kilkenny Amateur Cycling Club...

Two mile open senior and Junior handicap (J. Rogers trophy).
— Final — R. Backshall (460 yds) R. Hale (440) J.Porter (370); len., 3/4 len.: 4 min. 38 1-5 sec.


http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/74626664

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Re: K (??) Amateur Cycling Club

Postby barkmadly » Sun Dec 16, 2012 4:40 pm

Tedsbikes, I think that was you I sold the Carnegie Star frame to early this year?
Nice primary source research. Kensington ACC sounds like the one. I should have mentioned its a road bike. That strengthens the link more so. Fantastic bit of provenance uncovered. Cycles Gitane aka Adrian, I will check Trove too. The Sporting Globe maybe in the archive. Many thanks all.
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Re: K (??) Amateur Cycling Club

Postby brentono » Sun Dec 16, 2012 4:52 pm

Kilkenny Amateur Championships 11th September 1943. (The Mail - Adelaide, SA)
10-Mile Junior Unpaced Championship. — D. Whitehorn (25.24): J. Porter (26.40) E.Francis (27.53 2/5).
Sealed Handicap- J. Porter (24.25 2/5) H. Till (25.3 3/5) S. Arundel (25.20 4/5).
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S.A. had a Kensington Cycling Club that raced from Glynde, in the 30's... so Ted you may be right. :wink:
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Re: K (??) Amateur Cycling Club

Postby barkmadly » Sun Dec 16, 2012 6:05 pm

Thanks for the additional responses. The frame was 'rennoed' by someone in Williamstown and that was when the name and club were added so this supports the Victoria connection. This is quite an exciting little detective hunt. Cheers
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Re: K (??) Amateur Cycling Club

Postby tedsbikes » Mon Dec 17, 2012 9:53 am

barkmadly wrote:Tedsbikes, I think that was you I sold the Carnegie Star frame to early this year?
Nice primary source research. Kensington ACC sounds like the one. I should have mentioned its a road bike. That strengthens the link more so. Fantastic bit of provenance uncovered. Cycles Gitane aka Adrian, I will check Trove too. The Sporting Globe maybe in the archive. Many thanks all.


Yes, Mark, it was I who got the Carnegie Star. Its slowly being transformed into an old fixie with a 3 speed Sturmey fixed (when I can source the right sprocket).

Found a bit more on J Porter. In AC for Nov 1954, the Kensington Club Notes list him as 3rd in the 50 mile senior Club Championships and also that John Porter won the Melbourne to Shepparton.

Also, saw a list of Victorian amateur clubs from that time. Kensington and Kerang were on the list but Kew wasn't. Remember racing at Kerang c 1959 on a dirt track.

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Re: K (??) Amateur Cycling Club

Postby stevendavid75 » Thu Dec 20, 2012 6:04 pm

Perhaps kyneton acc as was this prior to Macedon ranges ?
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Re: K (??) Amateur Cycling Club

Postby tedsbikes » Sat Feb 16, 2013 10:21 am

The end of Kensington ACC??

In Australian Cyclist (Dec 59, p 16) Roy Ward wrote:
"Sid Patterson's old club - Kensington - looks like becoming defunct. Seven riders have transferred to Coburg, and two each to Brunswick and Footscray in recent weeks. The transfers are attributed to lack of a track."

Looks like they didn't make it in the 60s.

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Re: K (??) Amateur Cycling Club

Postby barkmadly » Sun Feb 17, 2013 2:15 pm

Thanks Ted. An interesting story of the club's demise.
Provenance is great to have with old bike but hard to find.
The bike is nearly complete and will be on the road in a week or two.
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