The Car­ruthers em­po­rium

Old Bike Australasia - - OUT’N’ABOUT -

Re­cently we re­ceived some emails from 1969 World 250cc Cham­pion Kel Car­ruthers, who has been res­i­dent in USA for many years. Kel’s fa­ther Jack op­er­ated motorcycle shops on Vic­to­ria Road Gladesvill­e, which has changed some­what since th­ese pho­tos were taken in the 1940s. “Dad’s first shop was next to a ser­vice sta­tion on the cor­ner (later Scays­brook-Har­ley Honda – ed). The sec­ond shop was a few spots up the hill, with a black­smith’s shop in be­tween the first and sec­ond shops. We used to sit and watch horses get­ting shod. The pad­dock on the left was where I used to ride my Royal En­field. Later (about 1955 I guess), dad built a new dou­ble-wide shop there, later sold and a ser­vice sta­tion built in its place. Pity as it was a real nice shop and we had ex­tra work­shops un­der­neath. There were two va­cant lots be­tween the sec­ond and third shops. The sec­ond shop had work­shops in the back yard and we had to move bikes out into the pad­dock of a morn­ing. The lathe, drill etc was in the laun­dry un­der the kitchen. When we sold the sec­ond shop we re­built the work­shop in the back of our house in Pittwater Road, Gladesvill­e.”

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