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Lake Avenue Inn-Guest Lodge the place to be at the Vaal Dam. Luxury accommodation and facilities which rates as one of the best in Deneysville. Your hosts John, Charmaine and staff will make you feel comfortable and relaxed during your stay.

PLEASE NOTE: For meals on open days and Sunday buffet breakfast kindly phone and make a booking for groups more than 6 people.
NOTE: This is because we are not a fast food franchise therefore we do require advance notice to facilitate our catering.
No bookings are required for Museum visits only.


Museum entrance fee: R25-00 per visitor.

Living working Museum on the premises of Lake Avenue Inn, displays include some of the most unique Historic Motorcycles to be found anywhere in the world! The first dedicated Historic Motorcycle Museum in Africa, at the moment showcasing race bikes and classic machinery.
South Africa, Northern and Southern Rhodesia has many race champions that are not to be forgotten. The Museum showcases a full history of the greats!

Another piece of nonsense emerges out of the Historic Workshop. Selvedge 675
Triumph. To delight and entertain.


L to R: Geo Marnewick, Simon Fourie, Mike Boon, Clive Strugnell, Les van Breda, Keith Zeeman, Charmaine Munro, Peter Labuschangne, Ian Groute, John Boswell and Jimmy Guthrie.

John and Charmaine open Museum in 1951 Triumph style.

18th October 2014 celebration at the Museum for all the SA and Rhodesian IOM TT racers. What a great awesome  momentous day it was!!!!!!!!!
And a pleasure to have Roger McCleary with us.

Val Chorley

It was a great pleasure to meet Val Chorley, Gary Hockings girlfriend now staying in England.
Beautiful touching moments spent with Val in the Museum wonderful to meet you.

Charl Venter Leon, John and Cliffy also enjoying the practice day at Midvaal
riding their Honda black bombers for the HMG.

Paddy Driver with Shamrock helmit and JAWA as raced by him.

Lofty Pretorius
Lofty Pretorius with Roger  McCleery SA Motor Racing  commentator
during the film shoot at the Historic Motorcycle Museum 15th August 2010
to be broadcast in December 2010.

Our dear friend Ken Smith of the Historic Motorcycle Group visits - looking good after recovery from illness it was wonderful to see him.

Alan Cathcart signing the wall of fame.

Jimmy Whyte
Jimmy Whyte from TT Motorcycles in Zimbabwe and Historic Motorcycle Group rider visits the Historic Motorcycle Museum and signs the wall of fame.

Friends of the museum join us on Saturday for celebrations. Leon Grobler,
Trevor Williams, Terry Barson, Rob Godwin, John Boswell, Charmaine Munro,
Lofty Pretorius, Peter Watson Peter Labuschagne, Cliffy And Keith Zeeman.
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1967 350cc Aeromacchi Harley Davidsons as build by John Boswell for Peter Watson and Bill Inglis.
Practice day at Midvaal Racetrack on the 21st April 2012. Testing done by ex Rhodesian Champ Mike Boon.


On the 8th December 2012 the Historic Motorcycle Museum in Deneysville
had the special honour of hosting a wonderful day in memory of Gary Hocking.
It was a  day full of great Rhodesian racing celebrities celebrating the
wonderful world and memories of motorcycle racing. For John Boswell words
could not describe the awesomeness of it all. We thank the family and friends
of Gary Hocking who brought all the memorabilia to the museum to be viewed
by all the motorcycle racing enthusiasts. A wonderful blessed day was had by all.

Jim Redman

Matt and Harry with journalist's test riding the latest bikes for the bike competition held on Ignition - The Bike Show, staying over at Lake Avenue Inn.

Des Pistorious - family and friends bring his bike to the Museum where
Des wanted it to be. We salute you Des for all the mileage you achieved. RIP

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Lake Avenue Inn is biker friendly. It's a great venue for Breakfast Runs on Sundays, only 1 hour 15 minutes from JHB.

SUNDAY PETROL HEADS BREAKFAST- Pay for what you want to eat. Coffee, tea R10 a cup.


The museum workshop now allows for visitors to see works in motion.

Roy HanksRose and Roy Hanks husband and wife UK sidecar team (1970's) visit us at Lake Avenue Inn.

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Roy Hanks in front the Isle of Man TT mural with 2 of his donated trophies to the museum.

The International and local racing greats at Zwartkops Day of the Champions and John.

Victor who makes owl boxes and bird feeders pays a visit.

Andre’s XT500 Bikes.

Our regular great friends Roy and Pet Beyers visit 10th July 2011.

More great regular friends - Ingrid and Claude visit Sunday
10th July 2011.
Andre snr from AGS industries heads his team on an off road adventure in Deneysville staying over at Lake Avenue Inn for 2 nights. Note the t-shirt especially made for their run. Great bunch of guys making our days memorable. It was great having you here with us.

Oom PietOur dear Oom Piet. Who won the Swartbrand Trophy for the oldest bike/rider with a combined age of 165.

Our barman Dave Kruk comparing length of beards with
Louis from the Swartbrand Run.

Karen, Ivor, Dave and Andrew making great music
New Year's Eve.

Gypsy Jokies, Satan Saints and Alan from The Royal Enfield Club join us for breakfast 29th April 2012.

Sidecar Africa Club visit the Museum

Thank you to Zeta from the Sidecar Africa Club for organising the run to Lake Avenue Inn. It was an absolute pleasure to have you guys with us and I will never forget my magic moment with Roy when he took me for a ride getting the sidecar up on two wheels. Did bring back a very familiar feeling of my sidecar racing days.

Thank you Roy

Tom Peddling
Hats off to Tom peddling his bicycle to safe the
Rhino's Full steam ahead our good wishes of
safety go with you.

We also enjoyed meeting Des's dog who traveled
everywhere with him "Boswell"'

Our great musicians who we love dearly, entertaining us always we have an awesome time.

Lake Avenue Inn is surrounded by a beautiful garden with a view of the Vaaldam. There are two pubs and a swimming pool. Security is provided from 6 pm to 6 am and Laundry facilities are available on request. The Vaaldam is within walking distance. There are 4 yacht clubs close by of which 2 have day launching facilities.

Pub times:
Mon – Tues        Closed
Wed-Thurs         8:30 am - 7:30 pm
Fri-Sat               08:30 am - 8:00 pm
Sunday              08:30 am - 3:00 pm

indoor pubIndoor Pub

Bikers keeping warm Sunday breakfast

Relax by the pool

Garden Cottage



9 Rooms of which 7 are en-suit.

All rooms have DSTV, are air conditioned and have tea / coffee.

Rates: From R 850 per couple sharing with breakfast.

Children 0 - 3 years no charge.

Children 4 - 10 years R 150 per night + vat.

Room rates are inclusive of a full English Breakfast.

A cancellation fee of 50% applies to bookings not honoured.

We look forward to being of service to you!


We can host a function / conference for you.

Celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and weddings at our stunning facilities.

Intimate functions of 50 people. We cater for small conferences - maximum 30 people

We boast a well stocked Pub as well.




News and Events

Road works on the R716 from Vereeniging to Denneysville has been completed.

CB Gears was started in 1948 by Boet Ferreira, Boet went on to become a Springbok and five times South African motorcycle racing champ in the 1950s. There are many theories about what CB stands for. Coke and Brandy? Clever Boys? Nooo! CB stands for Cliff and Boet and to this day Cliffie Ferreira, Boet's son, and his lovely partner Renee are the proprietors of CB Gears. For many years their business was based in Illiondale. In 2014 they made a lifestyle choice and have relocated to Deneysville, the village at the Vaal Dam wall which is fast becoming a biking Mecca and a place where wise bikers are buying up ridiculously inexpensive property in an idyllic setting. CB Gears specialise in gearbox undercutting and repairs to selectors and forks. Contact Cliffie and Renee at 082 470 5224 or 016 371 2427. Lovely chaps.

CB  Gears
The bike is a Boswell project bike - the Mad Hatter machine powered by a Bonneville motor. Weird shit takes place at the Deneysville Historic Motorcycle Museum.



John Boswell of Lake Avenue Inn and the Historic Motorcycle Museum would like to take this opportunity to thank all sponsors for the generous contributions towards making the new mezzanine display area possible! We thank the following persons and businesses:

A.M.G – Claude & Ingrid Brancato
T.N.T Tool Hire – Tinus
Cranes No1 – Tommy and Gale
Craig Miller Tech Serv – John Miller
Engineering Services – Mac and B  Mckenzi

If there are more people than mentioned above, donations would be appreciated to help making this museum a worldwide No 1 to be seen for years to come.




Lake Avenue Inn - Guest Lodge and Motorcycle Museum

17 Lake Avenue,

Contact: Charmaine

Phone: 016 371 1115

Cel: 072 765 9930

Fax: 016 371 1117

E-mail: boswells@telkomsa.net


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