While talking to Kel Carruthers at the recent Sydney Motorcycle Show, the spritely 77 year old said , “You know Jim, I really enjoyed your book (“Along for the Ride”) but there’s one thing you have to get right. My 250-4 Honda was not ‘ex-Tom Phillis’ as you said. It was given to Bennett & Wood (NSW Honda distributors) in late 1960. They asked Jack (Kel’s father) if we would like to race it, but before we took delivery they also asked if Tom Phillis could ride it at Phillip Island at the New Year meeting. Of course we said ‘No problem’ and we got it after that. We took it to Bathurst at Easter (1961) and it broke down, so they flew some parts from Sydney to Bathurst and we fixed it overnight and won the races (Lightweight and Junior). They (Bennett & Wood) even sent a bloke to Japan to learn how it worked, but we’d figured that out for ourselves.” For the next five years Kel and the Honda were virtually unbeatable, but it was not the armchair ride it may have appeared from the sidelines. “It went OK, but it didn’t handle and had no brakes”, Kel added. Jack and Kel modified the frame, fitted a Fontana front brake, and engineered the gremlins out of the engine. In the entire time it raced in Australia, the Honda suffered only four mechanical stoppages.