Cen­tral Club hey­day

Old Bike Australasia - - BLOW YOUR OWN -

We re­cently or­dered a two year sub­scrip­tion to OBA and were pleased to read the ar­ti­cle in OBA 47 on the 1954 Redex Trial with pho­tos of Keith Ste­wart and Roy Dun­gate be­ing the first and sec­ond place fin­ish­ers. Th­ese two rid­ers were long time mem­bers of Cen­tral Mo­tor­cy­cle Club which com­menced in 1937. The photo (above) is of my hus­band Alan Batkin at his first race day in 1969 at Ar­ca­dia Short Cir­cuit track in north­ern Syd­ney. It was a Cen­tral MCC club day and the bike is a 350cc AJS. He went on to be­come Club Pres­i­dent and also was made a life mem­ber of the club. We had won­der­ful times through those com­pe­ti­tion years and are now en­joy­ing in­volve­ment with vin­tage motorcycli­ng and read­ing Old Bike mag­a­zine. Mrs Sharon Batkin Con­cord, NSW We have each done many laps since we last com­mu­ni­cated and I thought it timely that I should bring you up to date on my progress head­ing to­wards the che­quered flag. I am well into my 89th lap and am strug­gling with an un­der­per­form­ing en­gine. It no longer revs out and needs a com­plete rebuild. That, of course, is not pos­si­ble be­ing such an old model with no spares avail­able, so I have to ac­cept what’s left. A com­plete strip down re­cently re­vealed a worn out bot­tom half. The con­nect­ing rod had a nasty bend in it and noth­ing I could do would straighten it. The big end is sloppy and has lost 95 per cent of its func­tion. An­other un­usual thing is that the en­gine has de­vel­oped some spon­ta­neous back­fir­ing which hap­pens with­out no­tice. It is of lit­tle con­cern to me but seems to have a sur­pris­ing ef­fect on oth­ers. We put it down to a pol­luted mix­ture so have con­sulted with a num­ber of fuel ex­perts who have made sev­eral sug­ges­tions about fuel ad­di­tives twice a day which should help con­trol the prob­lem. Not much luck this far – still back­fir­ing. I had a long pit stop on my 88th lap when we found a cor­ro­sion prob­lem at the bot­tom end of the main frame, near the ex­haust port. It needed a spe­cial­ist en­gi­neer to re­move the cor­ro­sion and re­in­force the re­pair with a metal plate. Ev­ery­thing is fine now and I am back in the event for the time be­ing. My long time pit-aid of 61 years is be­com­ing

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