Of Mon­di­als and Ajays

Old Bike Australasia - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

page 25 men­tioned the Mon­dial rid­den by Jack Saun­ders in the 125cc GP at Bathurst in 1963. The pre­vi­ous year, I rode a sim­i­lar ma­chine in the Bathurst 125cc GP. There was a field of 49, in­clud­ing such names as Kel Car­ruthers (MV Agusta), Trevor Pound (Walsh Ban­tam), Ken Rum­ble (Du­cati), Kevin Cass (BSA), and the win­ner, Al­lan Os­borne on a Honda. On another note, I have in­cluded a photo (above) of my 1955 AJS model 20B twin, 550cc. This bike is a Frank Cooper spe­cial, brought in from USA. I pur­chased the bike from Jon Munn (Clas­sic Style Aus­tralia) in 1996. I won­der if any reader has in­for­ma­tion on this bike and its as­so­ci­a­tion with Frank Cooper? The frame has been short­ened at the rear and the shock ab­sorbers are at an an­gle, as on a 7R AJS. It came with a scoop on the front brake, a com­pe­ti­tion petrol tank, and a tacho. En­gine num­ber is 55/20B 23740 and frame num­ber is 23529. Bill Mad­den Charmhaven NSW Mo­bile: 0419 486 634 For read­ers’ in­for­ma­tion; Frank Cooper was the US distrib­u­tor for AJS and Match­less dur­ing the 1950s, based in Los An­ge­les. The company was later re­spon­si­ble for the Cooper MX and En­duro bikes, built in Mex­ico. – Ed

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