Flash Appreciation Society

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RobertFrith
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Flash Appreciation Society

Postby RobertFrith » Sun Aug 31, 2014 12:22 am

What were we thinking? The Flash appreciation society is obviously long overdue :D

Flash was a WA brand started and owned by one of the states greatest ever all rounders; Eddie Barron. Eddie shone on the track as well as on long distance events. He employed young riders in his shop and sponsored many club races. Despite his profile in the WA racing scene, and the fact that his frames were very well regarded, very little has been recorded about the history of Flash. Flash bikes, though produced in very small numbers compared to Swansea, another local frame builder of repute, have found their way all over the world. The lightning bolt on the headtube and forks makes these frames easy to recognise.

In the recent past I sold a Flash frame that was too big for me - silverlight picked that one up (and he's in Adelaide!). I bought another from a fellow WAHCC member and had a PM from another forumite, who'd "heard on the grapevine" that I had one, to discuss original equipment for a restoration (pics below) . Links to a couple of previous posts about Flash on BNA; Chrome frame sold in 2012 and someone chasing decals a few years back

A few months ago I set up a Flash Register on the WAHCC site. It is yet to be overrun with contributions but searching the forums tells me that a few of you lot have a Flash in the stable... SO LET"S SEE THEM :!:

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spannermonkey
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Re: Flash Appreciation Society

Postby spannermonkey » Thu Dec 17, 2015 6:45 am

I picked up number 170 from a mate the other day
I only got the frame & cranks ,the pic below is just the parts I had laying around & not period correct

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Re: Flash Appreciation Society

Postby RobertFrith » Thu Dec 17, 2015 5:37 pm

Congrats! It's a really nice frame, too big for me though. A question was asked on the FB Retro Cycle Marketplace, I just thought I'd post my answer over here for posterity...
I know a lot of the recent history: I picked this up off eBay as a part of a job lot a few years ago. Out of focus pics and lack of detail led to me taking a bit of a punt on it. The seller was a clear out guy who does a lot of deceased estates. The family were going to chuck it in a skip! I did a bit of net research into JL Froud. Looks as if he came from tassie and moved to Perth where he had brothers. Among the other parts it came with were a number of bent and broken drivetrain parts. I reckon he was big strong bloke! The frame has an older repaint, perhaps a retirement project? The headset looked nos but no other rebuilding had happened. It was way too big for me so I reluctantly moved it on. I sold it via the BNA forum to Mario Romeo who was the only person who showed any interest

From memory I first found out about it when the eBay listing was posted here on BNA :-)
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Re: Flash Appreciation Society

Postby spannermonkey » Thu Dec 17, 2015 10:32 pm

RobertFrith wrote:Congrats! It's a really nice frame, too big for me though. A question was asked on the FB Retro Cycle Marketplace, I just thought I'd post my answer over here for posterity...
I know a lot of the recent history: I picked this up off eBay as a part of a job lot a few years ago. Out of focus pics and lack of detail led to me taking a bit of a punt on it. The seller was a clear out guy who does a lot of deceased estates. The family were going to chuck it in a skip! I did a bit of net research into JL Froud. Looks as if he came from tassie and moved to Perth where he had brothers. Among the other parts it came with were a number of bent and broken drivetrain parts. I reckon he was big strong bloke! The frame has an older repaint, perhaps a retirement project? The headset looked nos but no other rebuilding had happened. It was way too big for me so I reluctantly moved it on. I sold it via the BNA forum to Mario Romeo who was the only person who showed any interest

From memory I first found out about it when the eBay listing was posted here on BNA :-)


Thanks
I put it up on FB for my mate & I couldn't help myself
I had to sell my green track bike to help pay for it
Quiet happy with it & I will ride it occasionally
My mate who I bought it from , bought it from Mario

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Re: Flash Appreciation Society

Postby Jocamara » Fri Feb 12, 2016 2:33 pm

Just joined BNA because I've recently started restoring a couple of bikes.
Flash Appreciation Society caught my eye, I don't own a Flash but my Father did a long time ago.
My Father Jack Travers worked for Eddie Barron at Flash cycles in the late 40's and also raced a Flash, from conversations i had with my Father he belonged to the Midland Cycle Club and raced as a Pro rider on track and road. I still have a couple of his Trophies at home 1949 and 1950 I think shortly after that(aged 22) he went to Northern Territory and trained as a Stock Inspector did one race in Alice Springs which he had to win because half the town had bets on him. I remember him saying he wasn't race fit and it hurt a lot, he then gave the Flash away to a local kid and I think until he past away last year he never rode a bike again. So there was a least 1 Flash in the NT.
I will keep my eye out for a Flash one day I might find one. John

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