GIN­GER MOL­LOY AND THE LAS­ZLO SZ­ABO

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Memo on Gin­ger Mol­loy. Nice story on Gin­ger in the last is­sue, re­mem­ber­ing his long and suc­cess­ful ca­reer with the ‘con­ti­nen­tal cir­cus’! As it is with a lot of per­sonal re­mem­ber­ing dat­ing far into his­tory, the sight on facts has turned to the very op­ti­mistic side, as it is with his lead­ing po­si­tion at the Ger­man GP 1971. He led from Phil Read in the midst of the race just along the straight from the last corner to the first corner, be­fore ig­ni­tion-prob­lems took him out. But I’m look­ing to his short ride for MZ. The photo show­ing him be­side a 125 MZ is def­i­nitely not at the Sach­sen­ring 1969. The year is 1965 and the lo­ca­tion is prob­a­bly Brünn. The shown MZ is the pri­vate built bike of Las­zlo Sz­abo on which he com­peted in that year af­ter his con­tract with MZ had ended af­ter 1964. The rolling chas­sis is an old one from about 1960 and the man work­ing at the bike is Sz­abo’s long time me­chanic Zsig­mond Szöl­lösi. Mal­loy’s ride on MZ came at Sach­sen­ring 1966, af­ter works rider Derek Wood­mann had suf­fered a bro­ken pelvis at Spa, rid­ing his pri­vate 500 Match­less-metisse and crash­ing in the rain. Mol­loy had come to the Sach­sen­ring with his 125/250 Bul­ta­cos, and there he was of­fered to ride the 125/250 works-mz of Wood­mann. As he had no con­tract with Bul­taco, he was free to take that of­fer and he qual­i­fied in both classes with the MZ. Un­for­tu­nately he crashed the 125 MZ dur­ing the first lap of the race, in­jured him­self and thus was not able to start with the 250 MZ. The en­closed photo shows him with the 125 MZ prac­tis­ing at the Sach­sen­ring. This was his one and only ride for the East Ger­man fac­tory, though with his two-stroke knowl­edge he might have been first choice for them.

Best wishes Man­fred Woll Email

Hello Man­fred, I am very sorry for the er­ror and thnk you very much for put­ting me right on the Las­zlo Sz­abo bike. It’s an­other fas­ci­nat­ing part to the Mol­loy story that I’m de­lighted we could put right on th­ese pages. TC

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