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Old Bike Australasia - - BLOW YOUR OWN -

Is­sue No. 50 of page 15, pre­sented a great pre­view to a great event, (Barry Sheene Fes­ti­val of Speed, which I at­tended for three days with my son Peter). Top event, shame about the light rain each day but failed to dampen (no pun in­tended) the en­thu­si­asm of the com­peti­tors, of­fi­cials or spec­ta­tors. Spec­ta­tor num­bers seemed to be up on the last few years which is great to see. On the evening of Satur­day, 21st March, Peter McMillan in­tro­duced me to the great man Fred­die Spencer at the well at­tended din­ner. A friendly con­ver­sa­tion en­sued and to­gether with Fred­die’s af­ter din­ner rem­i­nis­cences, we all got a great in­sight into Fred­die’s life and rac­ing ca­reer. How­ever in the “pre­view” in OBA, Fred­die’s achieve­ments, many and var­ied, were a bit am­bigu­ous as it states, re­fer­ring to 1985, that it was “the year he be­came the first and only man to win both 250cc and 500cc ti­tles”. It would have been more def­i­nite if “in the one year” had been added as not all read­ers may be stu­dents of mo­tor­cy­cle his­tory or records. Fred­die’s re­marks re 1985 “This year is the 30th an­niver­sary of my dou­ble world ti­tles” still leaves a lit­tle doubt as to him achiev­ing the two world ti­tles “in the one year”. Mike Hail­wood, Phil Read and Valentino Rossi won 250cc and 500cc world ti­tles but not “in the one year”. Thus Fred­die’s feat of win­ning the 250cc and 500cc world ti­tles “in the same year” is unique. Then, upon open­ing my 2015 pro­gram at “Syd­ney Mo­tor­sport Park”, (Eastern Creek), I read with in­ter­est the cen­ter­fold ar­ti­cle on “’Fast’ Fred – Spencer”. I en­joyed the ar­ti­cle on the great man but was a bit dis­ap­pointed at the state­ment in the ar­ti­cle that “Fred­die would then go on to com­pete in both the 250cc and 500cc Grand Prix World Cham­pi­onships be­com­ing the fifth and last man to win a dou­ble cham­pi­onship and the only one to win both the 250cc and 500cc Cham­pi­onships in the same year”. Fred­die Spencer was/is not the “fifth and last man to win a dou­ble cham­pi­onship” and I as­sume that by “dou­ble cham­pi­onship”

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