RON Laycock was in his first year of high school when he set eyes on what would become his pride and joy later in life - a 1948 Triumph Speed Twin motorcycle.
And it was only fitting that he show it off at the 2012 Historical Motorcycle Club Easter Rally at the weekend.
"I bought that bike in 1969 when I was 13 years old," he said.
"I was one of those kids who hung out with the school janitor - that's who I bought it off."
Mr Laycock said the bike came to him in pieces, and stayed in that condition for the next 40 years.
"Only about three years ago I started putting it back together," he said.
"I just decided it was time."
So Mr Laycock re-assembled the bike, using all the original pieces and put it on show, along with 67 others, at the static bike display held at the PCYC on Saturday.
"It got heaps of attention," he said.
The motorcycle enthusiast said a bike exactly the same as his was also on display, but the difference was it had been completely restored.
"The two together were an eye opener," he said.
Rally organiser Ross Inman said the weekend's events had been a huge success.
"The numbers were up by about 10. We hope it will increase again next year," he said.
Mr Inman said the weekend began on Good Friday with an 85km ride around coastal areas including Elliott Heads.
The static display was first up on Saturday, before riders hit the road for a quick trip to South Kolan.
"Yesterday we did a rally which was 120 miles, taking in Moore Park Beach, Bucca, Bullyard and Pine Creek," he said.
Mr Inman said 52 riders from across the Bundaberg region participated in the Sunday rally
"We're all like-minded people with the same interest in European, American and English motorcycles," he said.
Mr Inman said the Easter rally would wrap-up this afternoon with a final ride out to Burnett Heads.