The Hawkes­bury ‘yumps’

Old Bike Australasia - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

The Hawkes­bury ar­ti­cle by Bill bought back some mem­o­ries, like my first race in Oc­to­ber 1975! Luck­ily they had farm gates open so one could use a pad­dock for run off. Good mem­o­ries. I was board­ing at school a year prior and had a school girl friend phone my house­mas­ter ( pre­tend­ing to be a par­ent) to have me out for the week­end. I hitch hiked to Hawkes­bury – about 100km from Nel­son – bought a 6 pack and got pissed watch­ing the guys race over the “yumps”, join­ing in with all the bad boys yelling rub­bish at the riders, in­clud­ing J Wood­ley who would later be­come a friend (with his Jarno Saari­nen in­spired bars). One year later as soon as I turned 18 I was there rac­ing. There were many more street cir­cuits as well; Dunedin, Porirua, Manukau, New Lyn, Napier, New Ply­mouth, Lyall Bay plus Wan­ganui and Grace­field of course. I can hon­estly say we never con­sid­ered lamp posts or kerbs as a po­ten­tial is­sue.

Richard Scoular Clas­sic Bikes Di­rect 41A Jar­rah Drive Braeside, Mel­bourne, VIC 3195

A young Richard Scoular tack­les the Hawkes­bury ‘yumps’ in his road race de­but in 1975.

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