I refer to the letter from Barry Graham in OBA57, relating to the Bob Sharp ESO. Although not wanting to buy into the argument about who had what when, I also saw Bob Sharp on the ESO at Townsville Showgrounds in 1961. Bob started the season on a JAP, but acquired the ESO about midyear, and was outstanding on it against such worldclass riders as Ken McKinlay and Ken Cameron, who were also riding with the Rockhampton based promoter Ted Price. The Australian titles were run in Rockhampton that year, and were won by Bob Sharp on the ESO, with Ivan Mauger second on a JAP. Mauger then appeared at Townsville for 2 meetings, and at the second meeting, in a scratch race was just leading Bob Sharp, when the JAP motor exploded, just in front of where my favourite spectator position was on the back straight. Bob Sharp was unable to dodge the magneto, and crashed into the fence, while the other A graders were able to lay their bikes down, and avoid any further carnage. The thing that sticks in my mind about this incident, was the facial expression of an over-eager spectator who leapt the fence and picked up a length of con rod, which was lying on the track about 6 feet from the fence. As you can imagine, he only kept hold of it for about a millisecond, and I can still see the look on his face. Unfortunately, the speedway promoter had a disagreement with the Show Society and the Speedway did not return in 1962.
John Weber Townsville, Qld