Déjà vu

My king­dom for a Brough!

Old Bike Australasia - - BLOW YOUR OWN -

Nice story about the Har­ley WLA in OBA 42. In Vic­to­ria many WLAs found their way into the Vic­to­ria Po­lice Force. Prior to WW2, the po­lice here were us­ing Brough-Su­pe­rior 11-50 Side­car Out­fits, and as we all know, when hos­til­i­ties ended there were to be no more Broughs. So what could be found to re­place the now el­derly B-S out­fits? The ven­er­a­ble Ex-Army Har­ley WLA, of which there must have been thou­sands. Here are two pho­tos (above and right) prob­a­bly taken in late 1947, show­ing a cou­ple of Vic­to­ria Po­lice rid­ers look­ing ab­so­lutely de­lighted to be on a WLA rather than a Brough 11-50! Grant Bar­rett Vic­to­ria Your mag­a­zine has brought back many mem­o­ries to this old fel­low who is now 84 years young. Read­ing OBA 41, what a sur­prise I re­ceived when I opened page 38 – I thought I saw my bother-in-law and my­self in ac­tion again. The photo of Lionel Bauers was a dead ringer for a long-lost photo of mine; our hel­mets were painted ex­actly the same. We were run­ning an old BSA Em­pire Star on a Sid Wil­lis 13:1 pis­ton on Shell A with a fuel carby and close-ra­tio gears. Some of our com­peti­tors were Billy Slater, the Jarvis broth­ers and Tommy Carr from Par­ra­matta Ra­di­a­tors. Mostly we raced at Mit­tagong, Goul­burn and Mount Druitt. Bill Mor­ris ar­rived at Bathurst with a brand new Golden Flash BSA and went pretty well, but this was where our wives said ‘enough’ be­cause the Jarvis boy crashed and did not sur­vive. Bob De­fina Wau­chope, NSW

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