ESO – the search for the truth

Old Bike Australasia - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

I have read the up­dates on the ESO fea­ture in OBA 55 and I find that the in­for­ma­tion is not cor­rect. Chum Tay­lor won the 1966 Aus­tralian ti­tle on an ESO in an Arthur Hurst frame with a fuel in­jec­tor. The mo­tor was sup­plied by Fred Jolly in 1962. Chum should be cred­ited as the man who ironed out the orig­i­nal prob­lems. He found it had the wrong cams and he fit­ted an AMAL carb. I vis­ited Chum in 2009 when he told me the story. Old Bike mag­a­zine num­ber 5 page 42 con­firms th­ese facts in an ar­ti­cle by Ken Du­per­ouzel. Now we come to the Ove Fundin ESO. This was the first one in Aus­tralia im­ported by Fred Jolly in 1960 and rid­den by Ken McKin­lay and Ove Fundin in Ade­laide. It was pur­chased by Bob Sharp in Rock­hamp­ton in July 1961. Bob then rode it at Syd­ney and Kem­bla Grange and took it to NZ in Jan­uary 1962. Af­ter his in­jury he sold it to Jim Airey who then sold it to Greg Ken­twell. Bob brought it back and it was rid­den by Ray Sharp and then pur­chased by Bruce Gardiner. The orig­i­nal mo­tor is in a frame owned by Bruce Gardiner’s son up in Queens­land. Some where along the line the frame was changed and is now owned by a Syd­ney iden­tity. The third point is the bike rid­den by Jack Young and later Ken McKin­lay was a later im­por­ta­tion, this was also pur­chased by Bob Sharp. I re­searched all this re­cently on be­half of the Gardiner fam­ily. Tony Webb Speed­way Work­shop, Queens­land

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