Maico­letta mem­o­ries

Old Bike Australasia - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

hap­pen this year which means MA was not aware and had no way of know­ing who was plan­ning to take part in this spe­cific event.

In Aus­tralia for an event of this type, the Race Sec­re­tary would have iden­ti­fied the lack of start per­mis­sions ear­lier but it ap­pears that the sys­tem in NZ is slightly dif­fer­ent than here – NZ have far fewer rid­ers to worry about so it is un­der­stand­able that they pro­vide more of a per­sonal ser­vice. Start Per­mis­sions can be ar­ranged quickly and all MA needs is the rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion via phone call or email. To ap­ply for a start per­mis­sion, you will need to send an email to eventsad­[email protected] with the fol­low­ing in­for­ma­tion: • Your name as it ap­pears on your MA or FIM li­cence • Your date of birth • Your MA or FIM li­cence num­ber • The name of the event/s you are com­pet­ing in • The lo­ca­tion of the event/s you are com­pet­ing in • The dates of the event/s you are com­pet­ing in • The IMN of the event/s you are com­pet­ing in. A start per­mis­sion can be is­sued for en­tire cham­pi­onships, so it is im­por­tant that you pro­vide all in­for­ma­tion at the same time if you are plan­ning to do an en­tire or se­lected rounds of a cham­pi­onship or se­ries.

In sum­mary, the fact that it was not iden­ti­fied that the rid­ers did not have start per­mis­sions prior to the In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor­cy­cle Clas­sic event was some­what of a sys­tem fail­ure with a level of re­spon­si­bil­ity on both sides. How­ever, the onus of re­spon­si­bil­ity is ul­ti­mately on the rider to en­sure the ap­pro­pri­ate li­cence, in­sur­ances, per­mis­sions are in place for the in­di­vid­ual to take part in any given event. Bron Sorensen High Per­for­mance & Events Man­ager Mo­tor­cy­cling Aus­tralia The photo of Brendan van de Zand’s Maico­letta scooter ( OBA 55 Dargo High Plains Rally re­port), stirred my geri­atric brain. I had two of th­ese around 1962, both fit­ted with side­cars. The wife’s one was fit­ted with a Mor­ris 1100 rear tyre. I made the (side­car) chas­sis with trail­ing arm sus­pen­sion and the body from an ex-WW2 fuel drop tank on rubber block mounts. It car­ried daugh­ter and her large dog in rea­son­able com­fort. We com­peted in the Club­man’s Rally to Cess­nock and re­turn (crew was wife and daugh­ter, then aged 14), many trips to Bathurst, and it never failed to start and ar­rive. The main down­side was the width of the foot­boards for solo cor­ner­ing. In terms of per­for­mance, it out­ran my low-geared Jawa scram­bler on the long straight into Bathurst. My 70-odd years of mo­tor­cy­cling, much of it on three wheels, con­tin­ues on per Postie bike, though not on the road. And yep, it has a side-box. Ron Shoe­mark Lower Belford, NSW

The Maico­letta was a tough lit­tle cookie. This photo from the 1964 Club­man Rally shows a Maico­letta, two-up, chas­ing a Tri­umph through Bel­more Falls.

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