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Clar­rie Miers was a big man and took no non­sense or ad­vice from any­one. He was very prone to shout down people he did not agree with. Clar­rie was my back fence neigh­bour and we got on great if you agreed with him. I learnt quickly. In my small en­gi­neer­ing ship, ‘Match­less En­gi­neer­ing’, I man­u­fac­tured many parts for Clar­rie. I made the first six sets of fly­wheels for him from R4, one of the high­est high-ten­sile ma­te­ri­als avail­able at the time. The fly­wheels were ma­chined all over, in­clud­ing the coun­ter­weight holes, suit­ably po­si­tioned and sized to ac­com­mo­date the bal­ance fac­tor. The fly­wheels were di­men­sion­ally as per D.T.R. – J.A.P. and suit­ably made to suit the same mains and big end – ac­cu­rately made and suc­cess­ful. I made a batch of spin­dles – from mem­ory, the cam fol­low­ers op­er­ated on them. I de­liv­ered these to him and all seemed well. The next morn­ing, a rag­ing bull, more like a bi­son, en­tered my work­shop, shout­ing ex­ple­tives and telling me what I could do with my spin­dles. With that, he threw them at me, and some con­nected. To this day, I do not know what the prob­lem was, if any. It was a fright­en­ing ex­pe­ri­ence – the only cus­tomer of mine to be­come so en­raged in thirty years. As a foot­note, Clar­rie was an ex­pert elec­tric mo­tor re-win­der as well as mag­ne­tos, gen­er­a­tors and coils. In ret­ro­spect, it may have been best if he stuck to what he knew and was good at. John Fin­glas Bris­bane, Qld. Side­car TTs at its first at­tempt.) The gent in the suit with the watch-chain is Perc Wil­liams (Pat Hobbs’ fa­ther.) The other gent nearby, also in hat and suit, is Reg Wil­liams. The gent in the hat fur­ther to the right is ‘Mitch’ Marks, who was P&R’s ac­coun­tant. I met Mitch at Ama­roo in 1979, as per the at­tached photo above, look­ing at my ex Tony Ba­tros 350 AJS (which was mod­i­fied for speed­way by Syd Napier and Bill Smith of P&Rs). Mitch is in the dark hat, Joe Wil­son, in sun­glasses, and my­self, fourth from left. The Wil­liams con­cern were also agents for Mor­gan 3-wheel­ers. In 1929 there was a sports car race at Pen­rith race­course, (The NSW Sports car cham­pi­onship) and the reg­u­la­tions stip­u­lated that a pas­sen­ger must be car­ried. Jimmy Thoms en­tered, (with P&Rs spon­sor­ship), in his Su­per Sports Mor­gan, pow­ered by a 1,000 cc OHV vee twin JAP en­gine. Af­ter prac­tice, Jimmy’s pas­sen­ger de­clared he had had enough and re­fused to get in the Mor­gan for the race. Mitch told me at Ama­roo that one of the Wil­liams broth­ers said to him, “You get in, Mitch.” Mitch protested “But I’m just the ac­coun­tant!” “Doesn’t mat­ter, get in.” So a re­luc­tant Mitch be­came a rac­ing pas­sen­ger, and a suc­cess­ful one at that, for they won the cham­pi­onship. Fast for­ward a few decades, and the Mor­gan, mi­nus mo­tor, was put up for sale. Joe Wil­son of Bris­bane bought it and fit­ted an 8-valve An­zani mo­tor, which had been brought to Aus­tralia by one Cromwell Cad­lolo, for fit­ting to a Busy Bee light air­craft, which never even­tu­ated. To round out the story, Joe Wil­son in the Mor­gan/An­zani, with his son Andrew as pas­sen­ger, com­peted in a side­car race at, of all places, Ama­roo. Af­ter wit­ness­ing this event, I can un­der­stand Jimmy Thoms orig­i­nal pas­sen­ger bow­ing out! Paul Reed Stan­thorpe, Qld

The Mier­son M.S.M. Mag­num (Photo: Paul Wilkins)

Mitch Marks (in the dark hat) at Ama­roo Park.

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