Mechanics help veterans shine

February 9, 2024 BY

Repaired and ready: Veteran Free Riders members, with Ewan Middleton, and the 1981 Honda CM all set for a polish and shine on the Labour weekend. Photo: STEVE WOMERSLEY

MEMBERS of the Veteran Free Riders from Heathcote are looking forward to showing a classic 1981 Honda CM at Show and Shine events in the near future.

The motorbike, donated by champion rider Tony White, has been restored by Middleton Motors.

“We took the bike to Middleton’s as they have a good motorbike mechanic there,” said Veteran Free Riders member Dan Fitton.

“When we went to pick it up and asked how much it cost, they told us not worry about it; it’s for a good cause.

“We are all very grateful.”

Mr Fitton took the motorbike to Nathalia last week in preparation for the Labour Day weekend when Veteran Free Riders from all areas will come together.

“Over the weekend, injured vets will give the bike some cosmetic work, a good polish and shine, in readiness for some Show and Shine events,” he said.

“It will be a great weekend.”

The Veterans Free Riders was formed three years ago and has nine members in Heathcote.

“It was the brainchild of the Aussie Vets Association and there are about 380 members now,” said Mr Fitton.

“A passion for motorbikes and cars seems to permeate through the military and this helps to give veterans something to look forward to.

“It brings isolated vets together and gets people off the couch.”

The group has a team that regularly races in Broadford.

“We throw away the rule book,” said Mr Fitton. “We use bikes and cars because some members are amputees.

“It’s all good and helps broken diggers.”