The Adelaide Chronicle, 7th November 1903
So on what was arguably the first organised run for motor vehicles in South Australia, the Lewis Cycle and Motor Works was represented by one car and no fewer than five motorcycles - quite an impressive effort. We are fortunate that in addition to the Chronicle article, a photograph of the gathering has survived, allowing us an in-depth look at the Lewis motorcycles on show. Unfortunately the Lewis car was not captured in the photograph.
Vivian Lewis - the epitome of sartorial splendour in his most formal riding outfit - is posed with one foot resting jauntily on the running board of Dr. Gunson's curved-dash Oldsmobile. His machine is purposeful rather than impressive, being powered by the standard Minerva clip-on unit of the year, featuring fully mechanically operated valves and a spray carburettor. Like the similar machine pictured a year or two later in the white garage, it is fitted with a rather sporty set of flat bars. Mr. Courtney - who we see at work in the Lewis workshop in photograph 22 - is riding a Kelecom-engined machine, if not the one shown in the old workshop in photograph 02 then one of identical specification.
Further along the line is another cluster of Lewis riders. On the left, Mr. Lykke (surely seen operating a lathe in the Lewis workshop in photograph 12) is riding a machine of identical specification to that of Mr. Lewis, except that his front brake is operated by a solid linkage rather than a Bowden cable. With this change in specification, his machine is identical to the Lewis Minerva seen in the white garage. T.P. O'Grady seems to be sharing a joke with Mr. Jackson (far right), while his machine looks at once menacing and archaic. The menacing aspect relates to the huge MMC motor, which would more commonly be found powering a tricycle or quad, and the archaic to the round belt (often twisted rawhide) which would no doubt slip at the thought of rain.
Unfortunately Mr. Jackson's machine is obscured, with the only observable features being the shape of the fuel tank at the front, which follows the line of the headstem but is separated from it by some 3 inches, and the unbraced front fork. Mr. Jackson had significant ties to the motorcycle world, and later owned an early water-cooled Lewis.