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Old Bike Australasia - - BLOW YOUR OWN -

Firstly let me con­grat­u­late you and your team on a great magazine. Now let me take you to Task on the Len Atlee ar­ti­cle page 30 OBA 45. I note no pref­ace as to the au­thor was printed but my gripe is that Len was an avid Fair­field Mo­tor Cy­cle Club Mem­ber as was Jim Airey, Bill Dil­low, Gor­don Gausco (sic) and John Dodds. Yet not one men­tion of Fair­field Mo­tor Cy­cle Club was men­tioned in the oth­er­wise great ar­ti­cle. You would know just look­ing at the photo on page 32 that Len Atlee and Gor­don “Horse” Gausco (sic) were wear­ing Fair­field colours at the Short Cicuit Meet­ing. I joined Fair­field club in 1959 with my el­der Brother Jim. I was just 15 and raced a few short cir­cuits un­der­age with­out a li­cence on a Mac Ve­lo­cette. Be­ing a Bank Johnny a cou­ple of years later, I was elected to sev­eral po­si­tions in the Club over the next 6 years; Trea­surer, Sec­re­tary, ACU Club Rep­re­sen­ta­tive etc.

Fair­field Club nur­tured many top rid­ers and whilst not all made the world stage or even ‘A’ grade a hell of a lot of us made ‘B’ grade and raced Scram­bles, Short Cir­cuit and Road Rac­ing , in­clud­ing win­ning the Bob Brown Memo­rial Tro­phy at Bathurst three times. A lot of us lost our youth and in­no­cence to Shell ‘A’ and Cas­trol ‘R’ oil. Work­ing on bikes or driv­ing on Fri­day nights to make a Race meet­ing the next day any­where in the State, Can­berra , Goul­burn, West Wya­long, Hed­den Greta , Ta­ree, Dubbo ,not to for­get the lo­cal tracks and then the Tar Tracks Win­ton, Hume Weir Be­nalla, Bathurst etc. Please don’t let the mem­ory of a Ter­rific Club with Ter­rific Blokes fade away. Len Atlee is a top bloke too and well de­served of the ar­ti­cle.

John Fran­cis Kingscliff, NSW

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