Still go­ing strong

Old Bike Australasia - - BLOW YOUR OWN -

Your ar­ti­cle on the 24 Hour Races at Mount Druitt (OBA 56) brought back forgotten mem­o­ries. In 1955 Capi­tol Mo­tors en­tered a Mer­ry­lands MCC team of Bob Cox (man­ager), Joe Bratby, Ron Wil­liams and my­self (riders) and Frank Boldi (pit crew) on a 500cc Tri­umph. We started well and ac­tu­ally built up a fair lead. Then night fell. The near­est to rid­ing fast at night for me was rac­ing my mates (Joe in­cluded) from the Sun­day night con­certs at Eden Park to Par­ra­matta with Con­sta­ble Rut­ledge in hot pur­suit. It was scary. Joe pulled in, throw­ing up, and Ron took over, hold­ing his own, and my lap times fell like bug­gery. Joe perked up and went out again but the mo­tor ex­pired and we were fin­ished. I think I was more re­lieved than dis­ap­pointed. I re­tired in 2000 af­ter 50 years of rac­ing. The theme of Bathurst Re­vival at the 2015 Broad­ford Bo­nanza ex­cited me as I’d had two sec­ond places at Bathurst, so Fred Boyd and I took my 1938 Nor­ton In­ter­na­tional along and had some great rid­ing. I hope to do it again. Keith Jones Avoca Beach, NSW

ABOVE Keith Jones sad­dles up at Broad­ford in 2015.

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