Jack Mill may have only just started driving on his learner’s permit but he’s been a member of the Central West Car Club since 2012 and is a familiar face at car club runs and events.
His family have cars and motorbikes in the club and Jack’s destined for the same, but for now it’s pedal power that keeps Jack rolling.
Most times Jack can be spotted on his modern day Scott mountain bike popping wheelstands around town (it’s been rumoured that he can make the length of the main street), but he’s equally enthusiastic about his vintage bicycle.
Jack’s parents, Scott and Susie, bought the bike a couple of years ago in Yeoval.
Being collectors of vintage British motorbikes they immediately spotted the BSA lettering on the front chainring and the pedals and knew that it was a must have for their collection.
It seems now that young Jack has claimed ownership of the bike – at least until he gets his full licence and realises the virtues of horsepower!
Despite the BSA crankset, Jack’s bike has a Malvern Star frame and according to Scott, it’s a 1943 BSA that was imported by Malvern Star.
It’s a 26” single speed with a free wheeling hub which is possibly one of the earlier versions allowing the rider to coast without pedalling.
Most of the time the BSA hangs in the shed over a range of vintage motorbikes and assorted parts, but Jack likes to get it out for a ride when he can.
It’s pretty rough, it squeaks and groans and it occasionally steers its own direction.
“It’s pretty rough, it squeaks and groans and it occasionally steers its own direction,” Jack said – but he loves riding it all the same.
“It’s pretty hard to get this one up on one wheel but it can be done,” Jack reckons.
As you might have guessed, Jack likes doing wheelstands and he’s also taken pretty quickly to the unicycle. Jack is 16 and has recently started an auto electrical apprenticeship.
He’s got himself a ute to learn to drive in and to start working on and he has plans to go further in the automotive industry, but for now he’s enjoying pushing those two wheels (or more often just one wheel) under his own steam.
If you’d like to meet Jack or any other members of the CWCC, guests are most welcome at the regular meetings held on the first Wednesday of each month at the Parkes Leagues Club. Look us on Facebook or www.centralwestcarclub.com