Catalina capers

Old Bike Australasia - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

Re­gard­ing the ar­ti­cle on Bill Hors­man in OBA 65, I was a stu­dent at Mac­quarie Univer­sity in 1969 and 1970. I was be­friended by an­other (older) stu­dent whose name was Ste­wart Inglis. He had raced TSS Bul­ta­cos suc­cess­fully, and had held a lap grade record at Surfers Par­adise (I think). He also had a pinned fe­mur as a re­sult of a crash. From mem­ory he was try­ing to make a come­back af­ter the ac­ci­dent, and he had bought an ex-Bill Hors­man Manx, and I went with him to prac­tice up at Catalina Park in Ka­toomba, do­ing half a lap as a pil­lion (a bit of a tight squeeze). There were one or two race meet­ings at Catalina Park around that time.

I also briefly knew a side­car racer at that time (I think his name was Gary), who was a hair­dresser in the Mos­man area. He raced a Tri­umph kneeler out­fit, the side­car plat­form be­ing quite plushly up­hol­stered. He also took part in the Catalina Park meet­ing at that time. He also rode a kneeler road­go­ing Tri­umph out­fit! I doubt if a ma­chine like that would pass muster to­day, es­pe­cially with the height of 4 wheel drives etc. You would feel ex­tremely vul­ner­a­ble I would imag­ine. David Lewis Via email

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