The early motor in Australia and New Zealand


Cars and bikes for sale
Cars and bikes for sale
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The Lewis Project
The Lewis Project
, an in-depth look at one of Australia's most successful motorcycle manufacturers.

Leon's vintage motorcycle pageLeon's Vintage Motorcycle Page
Leon's Vintage Motorcycle Page, an archive of Leon's old site

Veteran Rallies

National Veteran Rally, Australia:

2012—  Ipswich, Qld.

2013— Sept 15-20, Shepparton, Victoria

2014— Oct 19-24, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, W.A.

National 1 & 2 Cylinder Rally, Australia

2013— March 10-15, Canberra, A.C.T. More info...

2014— May 4-9, Robe, 
S.A. More info...

National Veteran Motorcycle Rally, Australia

2013— Sep 30 - Oct 4, . Parkes, N.S.W. More info...


2012— Oct 19-22, Arrowtown, N.Z.
1 & 2 Cylinder Centenary Weekend. More info...

2013— June 10-14, Bundaberg, Queensland
11th Highwheeler Rally

2014– August, Adelaide to Darwin Rally

1905 Eley steam car, built in Broken Hill

Mystery No. 3 was revealed, after a good deal of hard work, as the one-off steam car built between 1902 and 1905 by the Eley brothers of Broken Hill. Read more about it in Serpolette's Tricycle No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5

Welcome to earlymotor.com, a site dedicated to those interested in early motoring. We will try to cover all aspects of the field: veteran cars, veteran motorcycles, commercials and even the odd reference to aeroplanes and boats. Our emphasis is on Australia and New Zealand, but as you'll see there is much of interest to aficionados of early motoring regardless of your home country.

My original web site Leon's Vintage Motorcycle Page was about veteran and early vintage motorcycles, a field that has given me tremendous pleasure for many years. However it was my research into Vivian Lewis and his Australian-made motorcycles The Lewis Project that kindled my interest in early motor cars. Three years editing a veteran car club magazine gave me the opportunity to broaden my interest and knowledge from early motorcycles to general motoring history, particularly in Australia.

The intention of this new web site is to bring together all aspects of Australian and New Zealand motoring history in one place. A key element is the new monthly e-zine Serpolette's Tricycle . Subscribe for free, or download it from this site.

Would you like the Serpolette's Tricycle sent to your email address each month? Just send an email to serpolette@earlymotor.com with "subscribe" as the subject, and your name and country (if outside Australia) or state (inside Australia). Your information will be kept in in strict confidence and not shared with any third party.

Plenty of other plans, but for the moment you'll have to wait to see what emerges from the mess.

Leon Mitchell
Adelaide, South Australia

Serpolette's Tricycle - free online magazine
Have you seen our free e-zine Serpolette's Tricycle?
Number 7 now out!
Download now, or subscribe for free

Mlle Serpolette and her motor tricycle
All you ever wanted to know about la deliceuse Mlle Serpolette

Veteran Clubs




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South Australia




Western Australia


New Zealand



All materials on this site are Copyright Leon Mitchell 1998-2013
On the web since 1998.