Derek Hutch­ings

Old Bike Australasia - - UNDER THE CHEQUERED FLAG - From Doug Beak

As a teenager DEREK HUTCH­INGS mi­grated to Queens­land in 1949 from the UK. Derek be­gan rac­ing his 350 Gold Star BSA at Lowood and Strath­pine, both ex-WW2 airstrips, as well as the South­port road cir­cuit. Re­turn­ing to the UK for the 1958 rac­ing sea­son, he had a bad crash at the last Brands Hatch meet­ing. De­cid­ing to re­turn to Bris­bane, he bought a new Fran­cis Bar­nett 250 Scram­bler in road trim and with new wife Betty on the pil­lion, rode across Europe to Asia be­fore board­ing a boat to com­plete their re­turn home. Once again the Gold Star re­sumed road rac­ing and the Fran­cis Bar­nett was con­verted back to scram­bles trim to com­pete in Short Cir­cuits and Scram­bles at John­tone Park, Heit Park and Man­daly. When Lake­side opened the Gold Star com­peted at the first and sub­se­quent meet­ings for the next decade. Sev­eral out­ings at the Easter Bathurst meet­ings fol­lowed, with a Honda CR93 125 and a 650 Tri­ton join­ing the sta­ble. A found­ing mem­ber of the Mo­tor­cy­cle Sports­men, he worked tire­lessly as an of­fi­cial, in­clud­ing Clerk of the Course at Lake­side. Ill health in re­cent years slowed Derek and on 4th April he passed away peace­fully at home, aged 87.

Derek Hutch­ings rac­ing at Heit Park on the Fran­cis Bar­nett he and his wife rode from Eng­land.

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