Old Bike Australasia - - BLOW YOUR OWN -

Re­gard­ing the first Norvin. I cor­re­sponded a lot with John Sur­tees re­gard­ing his Norvin, which he claims was the first in the world. He ob­tained from his fa­ther, Jack a sec­ond hand Black Light­ning motor, and his fa­ther bor­rowed from Eric Oliver a sec­ond hand Manx feath­erbed frame, as Nor­tons would not sup­ply a new frame to him. John kept the Norvin to­gether for a month, and then handed back the parts to the right­ful own­ers. Af­ter rid­ing it for a while, he thought it was top heavy. Now, with the Bill Hors­man story, Bill has for­got­ten to tell you that his friends and mates call him Bar­ney. Bill started his ca­reer rid­ing on a Knuckle Har­ley as a pas­sen­ger with Len Wood, on a Lui Nar­sisi Har­ley at the Row­ley Park Speed­way in Ade­laide back in 1958. Bill is a plumber by trade.

Paul Wilkins Ade­laide, SA

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