The start money spe­cial

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At Jim Curry’s third in­ter­na­tional meet­ing, at Met­tet in 1966, he for­feited his 250 start money af­ter his 182cc Honda had let him down at Salzburg the pre­vi­ous week­ have switched his 250 plates onto his 125 to col­lect his money would never have crossed his mind. He was wise to the ways of the cir­cus by the time of his mem­o­rable 1970 Ger­man Grand Prix per­for­mance.that was all to the ad­van­tage of 1969 British 250 cham­pion Dave Brown­ing. Jim: “As I re-en­tered the paddock af­ter the 250 race, Chris Scott, Dave Brown­ing’s me­chanic, asked: ‘Have you seen Dave by any chance?’ I had ac­tu­ally no­ticed him at the side of the track, study­ing his dropped bike, but it was at the fur­thest point of the track, eight miles from the paddock at Ade­nau Bridge. I didn’t think there was any way he could be repa­tri­ated to the start line in time for his 125 race, with Chris’s worry be­ing Dave’s need to qual­ify for his start money by push­ing-off in the race. Can you imag­ine this next con­ver­sa­tion tak­ing place now, with the eyes of the world fol­low­ing ev­ery move in the Moto GP paddock? “It’s okay Chris, I’ll go out on his bike and get his start money for him!” I fully in­tended to use my blue tri­an­gle adorned hel­met into the bar­gain. And push off he did. He held fifth be­fore com­mon sense got the bet­ter of him and he pulled in to pre­serve both the en­gine and his own rep­u­ta­tion. Dave Brown­ing duly col­lected his money.”

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