Ken and Bob

Old Bike Australasia - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

In Rally Roundup, there is a photo of my Dad (Ken Jones) & Bob Sat­terly at the re­cent Vincent & Ve­lo­cette Rally. Bob and Dad have been friends for many years go­ing back to the late 1940s when they met at school. They later went to col­lege to­gether and worked with each other off and on over the pe­riod of their pro­fes­sional ca­reers. I thought read­ers might like to see the at­tached photo (above) which was taken in 1949 at Mudgee, NSW. They were at this time at col­lege to­gether and used to take reg­u­lar “Road Trip” breaks with their other friends. It shows my fa­ther (Ken Jones) on the far left on his Tri­umph Speed Twin and Bob Sat­terly sec­ond from right (Se­ries B Vincent HRD Rapide). Also in the photo are Bob Carter (2nd from left, BSA Twin), Eric Carter (3rd from left, Tri­umph Speed Twin) and Al­lan King (far right, 350 Ariel Red Hunter – less head­light in­te­rior and gen­er­a­tor that had vi­brated off while be­ing rid­den flat out to keep up with the oth­ers). Ken and Bob are try­ing to track down Al­lan King. Tony Jones Via email side pis­ton. A new pis­ton and a bit of a rub with emery pa­per and I was fly­ing again! Just be­fore it nipped it went onto re­serve at full throt­tle so I think it ran lean for an in­stant and cooked the pis­ton.

I rode it to Phillip Is­land two-up and got into a traf­fic light derby with a bloke in a XW GT Fal­con. We had a few goes but with the pil­lion I could only just hold him. Be­lieve it or not I told the pil­lion to get off while I nailed the GT and re­turn for her but she didn’t see the prac­ti­cal side of that at all and clung on like a limpet (not that I was un­happy with that). Just goes to show you can’t win ‘em all. I had it for 2 years and sold it for more than I paid and bought a used green Honda 750 from Peter Stevens. The blokes I rode with moved on to the Mach 4 but I ended up get­ting the Jaffa 900 in­stead. Bill Gra­ham Sun­bury, Vic

Northmead, NSW

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