"Harley-Davidson and Buell of Blacktown" ram-raided

Discussion in 'Australian Motorcycles' started by John Littler, Jun 1, 2005.

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    John Littler Guest


    Given nothing was stolen I think "Ram-raid" is a misnomer

    Harley shop owner 'devastated' by $1m ram-raid
    By Jano Gibson
    June 1, 2005 - 11:50AM

    Firemen standing at the burnt out shell of the Harley Davidson business
    in Blacktown.

    Firemen standing at the burnt out shell of the Harley Davidson business
    in Blacktown.

    Shocked staff were tight-lipped today about why a prime mover was rammed
    into their Blacktown motorcycle showroom - destroying it and unique

    About $1 million worth of damage was caused when the prime mover smashed
    through the front of the Harley-Davidson and Buel of Blacktown motorbike
    outlet in Sunnyholt Road before 3am today.

    Police say it is too early to speculate if the incident is related to
    motorcycle gang violence, but it appears nothing was stolen.

    A crime scene has been established but workers at the shop were
    remaining tight-lipped as they inspected the ruins of their workplace.

    John "Tom" Browne, who has run the shop in Sunnyholt Road for 25 years
    told smh.com.au: "I'm that devastated I've just got no comment."

    The gutted prime mover was pulled out of the showroom to be towed away
    for forensic examination. Its roof had been burnt off and its huge tyres
    had melted.

    It was stolen from Smithfield on Monday night, say police.

    The entire shop, as well as most of its collection of antique and modern
    bikes, was destroyed in the blaze that followed.

    "A few bikes have escaped damage but most have suffered extensive smoke
    and heat damage," a police spokeswoman said.

    "The early estimations of the cost of damage are around the $1 million
    mark," she said.

    Bill Meek, Seven Hills fire station commander, told smh.com.au it looked
    as though the prime mover had been driven into the shop and then set ablaze.

    He said there was a smell of petrol when fire crews arrived, even though
    the prime mover is powered by diesel. He said the original blaze melted
    the truck's diesel fuel tank, spilling its content to further fuel the

    A security guard patrolling the street noticed the shop well alight and
    contacted authorities about 3am.

    A number of people were seen fleeing the scene in a white Commodore,
    police said.

    It took almost an hour for fire fighters to extinguish the blaze.
    Adjoining businesses escaped damage, police said.

    The shop contained bikes that were the only ones of their kind in the
    world, police said.

    Neighbour Danny Van Praag, 36, who lives opposite, said he was woken at
    2.50am by a loud blast.

    "It was just an almighty voom," he said.

    "I came racing down to see what was going on and saw all these flames."

    He said the flames were leaping about five metres over the roof of the shop.

    He added that the shop was very popular with people who just wanted to
    see the antique motorcycles.

    "It was like a museum," he said, adding that he used to take his
    eight-year-old son to see machines that one would never be able to see
    anywhere else.
    John Littler, Jun 1, 2005
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    Marty H Guest

    Marty H, Jun 1, 2005
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    GB Guest

    Q: Whaddya call a busload of lawyers going over a cliff?

    A: A good start.

    GB, Jun 2, 2005
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    Moike Guest

    ...... and the gold boogie board award for the non-sequitur of the year
    goes to......

    Moike, Jun 2, 2005
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    GB Guest

    Yeah, I know what 'non-sequitur' means too, I use it on my students
    all the time. But it weren't a non-sequitur. I thought about spelling
    it out, but decided... "nah, they'll get it"...

    GB, "Whaddya call a million bucks worth of harleys going up in smoke?"
    GB, Jun 2, 2005
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    Moike Guest

    Oh, I get it. An oblique reference to a bad stereotype joke by quoting
    another bad stereotype joke in the same vein.

    Ho Ho Ho


    Moike, Jun 2, 2005
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    jlittler Guest

    Well sheeit, I'm the guy who usually fails to get the obscure jokes,
    and even I got that one...
    jlittler, Jun 2, 2005
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    Toosmoky Guest

    Anyone familiar with the shop that knows what sort of bikes they had?
    Toosmoky, Jun 2, 2005
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    Stan Gifford Guest

    Stan Gifford, Jun 2, 2005
  10. A mate who happened to be passing yesterday said he could see burnt
    classics, pans, k model and said a few had been pinched. I've seen an old J
    and few others in there at various times. The bit in the 'report' about
    'the only ones of their kind in the world' would relate to custom/ised
    classics and bikes I'd say. So much for the superannuation fund!
    Pisshead Pete, Jun 2, 2005
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    G-S Guest

    A busload of accountants tax deductions ;-)

    G-S, Jun 2, 2005
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