Three gen­er­a­tions of Sher­locks

Old Bike Australasia - - CLASSIC COB -

Many sports fre­quently see fam­ily mem­bers, fathers and or moth­ers, who are fol­lowed in their ca­reer path by their sons and/or daugh­ters. Mo­tor­cy­cling is no ex­cep­tion with the likes of Chris Wat­son fol­low­ing his fa­ther Ge­orge Wat­son’s foot­steps and Robert Mad­den fol­low­ing his fa­ther Keo. How­ever some in­stances go fur­ther with the likes of the Hin­ton Clan; Harry Se­nior with his sons Harry Jnr. Robert and Eric and then the lat­ter’s two sons. The Hin­tons of course be­came a house­hold name both here and over­seas. This, and per­haps oth­ers, was not the only in­stance where there have been three gen­er­a­tions par­tic­i­pat­ing in mo­tor­cy­cling.

In this in­stance I would like to draw read­ers’ at­ten­tion to the three gen­er­a­tions of the Sher­lock fam­ily, Llewellyn, Wayne, Doug and his son David. Lou – Wayne and Doug’s fa­ther – passed away in 1996, and was as a Fit­ter and Turner by trade. He com­menced rid­ing in Club Events in the late 1940s on an AJS be­fore he switched to a Royal Enfield which ap­par­ently he was not fond of. He later ac­quired a 500 Match­less, the first of the swing­ing arm mod­els. He rode this in scram­bles meet­ings and Wayne tells me that with a wet meet­ing ev­ery­thing seem to just rust up.

Wayne is an In­dus­trial Elec­tric Me­chanic by trade. In 1972 at just 18 he rode his fa­ther’s 500 al­loy AJS at Phillip Is­land. He re­calls it well as in the two starts he fin­ished last and sec­ond last. He usu­ally rode in road rac­ing events with an oc­ca­sional dirt track meet­ing. Later with clas­sic rac­ing he rode a rigid 350 AJS as well as a 125 Honda. Prob­a­bly one of his best rides was a ma­chine built and owned by Brian Scan­lon; a Manx chas­sis with a pushrod 500 AJS en­gine. At Mal­lala in South Aus­tralia he caught John Ma­her ‘nap­ping’ on his 640cc Manx and man­aged to slip past for a well-re­mem­bered win. A friend, Brian Dodds, was build­ing up a Manx for clas­sic rac­ing but had no front wheel. John Ma­her pro­vided draw­ings of the brake sys­tem and Wayne was able to have pat­terns made. He spent time re­fin­ing these prod­ucts to be able to have the cast­ing made lo­cally. Al­to­gether he had un­der­taken about a dozen or so of these com­pleted front and rear brake as­sem­blies of Manx replica brakes. He now has no fur­ther use for these pat­terns which are avail­able for sale. If any reader is in­ter­ested Wayne can be con­tacted on (03) 9725 0196. Doug got his road li­cence on a 500 twin AJS. He started rac­ing on his fa­ther’s 1950 sin­gle Match­less, but when a con­rod broke he ac­quired a 1949 7R AJS which he rode for many years at Mt Gam­bier, Hume Weir, Mal­lala and Bathurst. About 1958 he ac­quired a 1936 250 L2-1 Tri­umph which he worked on and fit­ted with tele­scopic forks. That ma­chine is now rid­den by his son David in clas­sic out­ings. He was a mem­ber of the East Malvern MCC when about 1961 he was a mem­ber of that club’s team which won the Bob Brown Tro­phy at Bathurst. Later when clas­sic rac­ing ar­rived he rode a 350 and 500 Manx owned by Frank Rogers. He suf­fered a bro­ken col­lar­bone on a Tri­umph at Hume Weir when the pri­mary chain broke and caused the rear wheel to lock solid. Doug’s son David has had a host of as­sis­tance and ex­pe­ri­ence passed down to him. He com­menced rid­ing in 1982 at a Post Clas­sic Race Meet­ing at Win­ton on his un­cle Wayne’s 1972 CB125. David has had a va­ri­ety of ma­chines to race. These in­clude a 1952 Match­less G80S given to him by his grand­fa­ther, a 125 Ban­tam, a 1984 Yamaha RZ 250L, a Pro­duc­tion 1988 Yamaha TZR 25OU, a 1988 Yamaha TZ 250U be­long­ing to Ge­off Schutt, a 1989 Honda RS 125R, 1972 125 Bul­taco Pur­sang and the 1936 L2/1 250 Tri­umph. He rates his high­lights as 1st place 1988 Vic­to­rian Post Clas­sic Cham­pi­onship, and beat­ing Bob Jolly’s 1000cc JAP rid­ing the 500 Match­less in 1988 at Mac Park, where he also swung pas­sen­ger for Graeme Wagland on his 750 Honda Four side­car. The Sher­locks are an ex­am­ple that, although they have not risen to in­ter­na­tional sta­tus, they have still each par­tic­i­pated at their own de­sired level. They have con­trib­uted to the sport and ob­tained a level of sat­is­fac­tion as a re­sult. It is peo­ple such as these that make this a com­pet­i­tive but worth­while fun sport.

The Sher­lock clan at Phillip Is­land 1982: Lou (500 Match­less), Doug (350 Nor­ton), Wayne (500 Match­less) and David (250 Tri­umph).

LEFT Pat­terns and some fin­ished brake plates and shoes for the Manx replica front and rear brakes. These can be yours.

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