La­mont col­lec­tion

Gets a good home

Old Bike Australasia - - DKW RACERS -

Last Oc­to­ber, an ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of tro­phies and mem­o­ra­bilia from the late pi­o­neer speed­way star Wil­fred “Billy” La­mont, was auc­tioned by Moss­green in Ar­madale, Vic­to­ria. One of the en­thu­si­as­tic bid­ders at­tend­ing that auc­tion was pas­sion­ate speed­way mem­o­ra­bilia col­lec­tor, his­to­rian and mu­seum ad­vo­cate Ash Sut­tor. Ash and his wife Mar­garet op­er­ate the pop­u­lar Ash’s Speed­way Mu­seum in Bathurst, NSW, and were suc­cess­ful in se­cur­ing sev­eral of the main items at the La­mont auc­tion. Th­ese in­clude a sil­ver tro­phy from Davies Park Speed­way (Bris­bane), a Brass winged red hel­met tro­phy awarded in 1931, a mag­nif­i­cent Sil­ver hel­met tro­phy from the same year, a Ster­ling sil­ver ash­tray from the fi­nal test match Eng­land ver­sus Aus­tralia, Wem­b­ley, 1930, a plaque to com­mem­o­rate Eng­land ver­sus Aus­tralia test matches 1932, a dec­o­ra­tive winged sculp­ture which he won in Buenos Aires in 1930, a medal­lion awarded by the Hunter Re­gion Sport­ing Hall of Fame, and seven photo al­bums. La­mont be­gan rac­ing at West Mait­land in his na­tive New­cas­tle in 1924 at just 16 years of age was one of the orig­i­nal troupe of rid­ers to go to Eng­land where he went on to cap­tain the Aus­tralian side in Test matches. He also won the un­of­fi­cial World Ti­tle in Paris in 1931 and raced ex­ten­sively in South Amer­ica. Ash’s Speed­way Mu­seum houses the largest col­lec­tion of speed­way mem­o­ra­bilia in the south­ern hemi­sphere and is open on Satur­days from 10am to 4pm.

LEFT A Billy La­mont Play­ers card. BELOW Billy La­mont in ac­tion at the Syd­ney Sports Ground Speed­way.

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