WA leg­ends hon­oured

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On Novem­ber 14, three in­ductees to the Western Aus­tralia Hall of Fame were an­nounced at the Night of Cham­pi­ons con­ducted by Mo­tor­cy­cling WA. One of the state’s most suc­cess­ful off-road rid­ers, Charlie West, ac­cepted his award at the an­nual cer­e­mony. In the highly-com­pet­i­tive world of scram­bles in the 1950s, Charlie won six Aus­tralian cham­pi­onships and 17 state ti­tles in WA, NSW, South Aus­tralia and Queens­land. In the early ‘six­ties he went to Europe and com­peted at in­ter­na­tional level for three years and was a mem­ber of the Aus­tralian team which beat the Bri­tish side in a one-off ‘test match’ at Brands Hatch. On his re­turn to Aus­tralia, he switched to speed­way so­los with great suc­cess, then turned to mid­gets where he be­came a top-line com­peti­tor in a va­ri­ety of cars. On the same night, Bill Wat­son, who turned 86 in De­cem­ber, was pre­sented with a “Lifetime Com­pe­ti­tion Li­cence”, be­cause he is still com­pet­ing and has no in­ten­tions of re­tir­ing just yet. Born and raised in Kal­go­or­lie, Bill has been rac­ing since 1947 in scram­bles, road rac­ing, tri­als and dirt track. He placed sec­ond in the Aus­tralian 500cc Cham­pi­onship held in Perth in 1955 and won the WA State ti­tle in 1972. As well as rac­ing, Bill has been heav­ily in­volved in the ad­min­is­tra­tion of motorcycle sport, and is a life mem­ber of Gold­fields MCC and the AJS MCC.

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