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Old Bike Australasia - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

To add my con­tri­bu­tion to the great story in OBA 74 on the AJS R10 used for so long by Tas­ma­nian, Ge­off Martin. My copies of the monthly 1955-56 Tas­ma­nian Mo­tor Trade Jour­nal has a col­umn writ­ten by “Me­ga­phone”. Me­ga­phone was Tas­ma­nian Mo­tor Cy­cle Club Vice-Pres­i­dent Trevor Jowett who along with his brother Wilf were Jowett Bros, the Launce­s­ton AJS dealer. The ques­tion mark is that the bike men­tioned is re­ferred to as a “G10” not an “R10” but it sounds like the bike in ques­tion as not that many came to the state. Through his col­umns Trevor, or as most knew him as ETH, reg­u­larly pro­filed rid­ers. The se­cond one he did was North West Coast rider Rod Met­calf. To­ward the top of the long pro­file came this pas­sage... “Rod doesn’t list the age at which he first be­strode a mo­tor cy­cle, but it must have been quite early, as he comes from a fam­ily pos­sessed of the mo­tor cy­cle urge. Our con­trib­u­tor “Me­ga­phone” as­sures me that he can re­call Rod rid­ing a 1924 350 side valve A.J.S., flat tank, small tyres and all, early in 1927, prob­a­bly in­her­ited from his el­der brothers Lawrie or Edgar, both of whom now con­duct an en­gi­neer­ing busi­ness in Perth W.A., where they have lived since the early thir­ties. Through them he ac­quired his first fast ma­chine, a 1926 498 o.h.v. rac­ing model A.J.S., the fa­mous old “G10,” later to be­come the suc­ces­sive prop­erty of Trevor Jowett, Lind­say Cameron, Ev. Sadlier, Neil Brough, Ev. Sadlier again, Al­lan Ver­non, and oth­ers on which he ap­peared in a Green’s Beach speed trial in 1931, to record a speed of 88.2m.p.h. In 1932 at Baker’s Beach, he man­aged to raise the speed to 93.7m.p.h.” Many months later in a pro­file on Ev. Sadlier he in­cluded these pas­sages, “Next on the list came a mount al­ready men­tioned in a sim­i­lar ar­ti­cle on Rod Met­calf, the fa­mous old 1926 “G10” (fac­tory rac­ing model) A.J.S. and this then gave place to a 1936 495 O.H.V.”. The Sadlier com­pe­ti­tion ex­pe­ri­ence com­menced in 1938, at Baker’s Beach with the old “G10,” when he was un­placed at 90.9 m.p.h. but his first placed ride was at the same venue when on the Stevens, he ran third in the speed trial in 1946 at the same speed.” As to the Mole Creek model, ETH a few more is­sues later men­tions two Mole Creek com­peti­tors in Norm Kelly (498 Tri­umph Tiger 100) and Ox­ley Richards (495 BSA Twin) and then wel­comes new mem­ber G. Richard­son (500 AJS Springer). Frank Hal­lam was the man­ager of Repco’s re­tail parts shop called Re­place­ment Parts in Pater­son St (op­po­site The Ex­am­iner of­fice). His, and fel­low worker Ge­orge Wade’s, me­chan­i­cal ta­lent was such that they moved to Mel­bourne to head up the Jack Brab­ham Repco engine pro­ject. Wade was to even­tu­ally leave and set up Wade Cams. Ken Young Launce­s­ton, Tas.

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