The oil cri­sis

Old Bike Australasia - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

I read the ed­i­tor’s col­umn, “The Oil Cri­sis” in OBA 43 with great in­ter­est, re­gard­ing the de­posit­ing of oil on cir­cuits dur­ing race meet­ings. The prob­lem of es­cap­ing lubri­cant has never been re­solved in my 65 years of in­volve­ment in the sport. In my hum­ble opin­ion we will never en­tirely be rid of this prob­lem while we have the in­ter­nal com­bus­tion en­gine with us. The ed­i­tor’s com­ments are valid, how­ever I have been hear­ing the con­cerns re­gard­ing oil since the late 1940s. In the case of Clas­sic/His­toric motorcycle rac­ing in par­tic­u­lar, the main cause of the prob­lem is very much po­lit­i­cal. The gov­ern­ing body of the sport needs to take a long look at its reg­u­la­tory role. The sport in its cur­rent state suf­fers from “the pow­ers that be” al­low­ing out­ra­geous mod­i­fi­ca­tions to be per­mit­ted to th­ese older ma­chines. As long as the mo­tor­cy­cles “ap­pear to vis­ually con­form with the orig­i­nal year model” then vir­tu­ally any­thing goes. In the “old days” the gov­ern­ing body of the sport in Aus­tralia was pre­dom­i­nantly ex-rider/com­peti­tor based, so they could ac­cept or re­ject reg­u­la­tions as be­ing rea­son­able to the com­peti­tors. Now com­peti­tors are al­lowed to build brand new mo­tor­cy­cles that only “look like the old mod­els”. Is this the way the sport is head­ing? Do the or­di­nary club­men, who make up the bulk of the en­tries, count any more? Why in this day and age should this sit­u­a­tion con­tinue to oc­cur? Des Her­ra­man Coffs Har­bour, NSW

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