Lucky Geoff Woods in Australia went out one day to buy an old ’77 Qualifier. He later discovered, he had acquired a rather special bike. Geoff tells the story:
In 2012 I needed a bike to ride in vinduros so a good mate offered me an old Can-Am that he had stored in a container for the last 25 years. We used to trail ride together during the eighties on this bike.
He bought it from a motorcycle shop in Condobolin on consignment from the owner in approx 1982 or 1983 . There was a rumour that it was an old race bike because there were painted marks with the number 190 on headstock, carb, engine, rear hub and swing arm. With some research I was able to determine that it was originally owned and raced by Australian Can-Am dealer Ted Goddard at the Czechozlavakian 6 day ISDT in 1977.
I contacted Jeff Smith and he explained that it started as a 1975 175 TNT frame which was then modified by changing rear shock angle, changing rear brake actuation to rod, machining down rims for easier tyre changes , supertrapp muffler, K & N air filter & a 250 engine with oil pump disconnected. It was then restamped as a 1977 250 Qualifier for the 6 day. Hence the 2 V.I.N. numbers.
During the restoration I spoke to Ted a few times and exchanged many emails regarding the bike. Ted told Peter Drakeford about the bike when he was one of the guest speakers at the gala dinner at the 2013 Broardford bike bonanza. Peter & Ted invited me to display the bike at the 2014 event which was a great honour as I was able to meet Ted in person.
The 2014 Bonanza was also a great honour for Ted as he was joint winner of the inaugural, Legend of Motorcycling from Motorcycling Australia. He was very pleased to see his 77 Qualifier for the first time in 37 years. I have not made the bike as new, more as it would have raced the 6 day.
Ted Goddard at the ISDT
Ted’s International Six Day Trial (ISDT) career started in 1976, where he rode a Can-Am and took home a silver medal.
In 1977, Australia fielded its first ever Trophy Team in the tough Czech ISDT and although no riders finished the tough event (Ted had mechanical problems), Ted would take a further bronze medal in Sweden in 1978 who was Team Manager and general co-ordinator of the Aussie effort.
The German ISDT in 1979 was the fourth year Ted has been to the ISDT (and scored a silver) and he then retired from organisational responsibilities the year Australia won the Watling Trophy for the most improved nation, a true recognition of his efforts.
Ted has been a Can-Am rider as soon as the marque became known (having only been launched in 1973) and helped many riders get rides in the ISDT even on competing brands. Ted is also known as the founder of Barkbusters and a pivotal member of the team that brought the ISDE to Australia in 1992 in Cessnock, NSW.
Ted’s son Michael carries on the family name racing both Safari and Grand Prix bikes in Australia.