NOT WIL... THAT IS ‘ROUGH ROBBIE’
Dear CR Your mag is enjoyed a lot by me and also my (classic) racing friends, and regarding the recent Ginger Molloy story (as a young guy I watched him racing at the Dutch TT) I have a small comment about the lead photo of this very interesting story. The Dutch rider number 40 is not Wil Hartog but Rob Bron. Rob Bron (1945-2009) was a privateer rider from Amsterdam and ended third in the 1971 world championship behind ‘Ago’ and Keith Turner. That year he was riding a Suzuki TR 500 under the flag of the Dutch Suzuki import Nimag/selling. He is still the holder of the maximum speed record at Daytona. In 1978 he topped at 342kph. He ended his racing career in 1985. From that time he started a motorcycle shop and racing service. He was nicknamed ‘Rough Robbie’.
Gert Meerman Email
Dear CR In the very nice Ginger Molloy story, you made a mistake on the first page. You say that the number 40 rider is Wil Hartog, that is not true, this is Rob Bron. He actually is the Dutch rider who reached the highest spot in the 500cc ranking ever, a third spot in 1971 behind Agostini and Keith Turner. So better than Hartog, van Dulmen and Middelburg. Unfortunately he died in 2009. He was a real character, you can make an equally interesting article about him as you did about Ginger. Bas Völlink (the Netherlands) Email
Dear Gert and Bas, thank you very much indeed for the correction. We really appreciate it and apologies to anyone who also spotted this error on my part. A future feature about Rob Bron is definitely on the cards! TC