The Gough Spe­cial

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I no­ticed the photo of the Gough Spe­cial in OBA 57. This was one of many spe­cials built by Bill Gough of Launce­s­ton. Ac­cord­ing to Sid Wood­field this bike suf­fered a ma­jor blow up at a later speed at­tempt and Bill could not af­ford to have the com­pli­cated crankcases re­made (apparently the orig­i­nals were cast in Vic­to­ria). I am not sure if the ma­chin­ing was done in Vic­to­ria or Bill did it him­self. Two other Gough Spe­cials sur­vive; the M20 BSA owned by Sid Wood­field and now in the mo­tor mu­seum at Launce­s­ton. This bike achieved 102.8 mph and ac­cord­ing to the de­tails on the back of the photo at Bak­ers Beach on 29th Jan­uary 1960, the rider Everly Dadlier was the first man in the world to at­tain a speed in ex­cess of 100mph on a sin­gle cylin­der side vale. An­other Gough Spe­cial owned by my­self is based on a 1928/29 KSS Velo mo­tor which Bill re­duced to 125cc and made a DOHC con­ver­sion. Hew then made a Featherbed style frame, made a fuel tank out of a long range tank from a WW2 air­craft. This bike was built around 1949. It showed prom­ise but Bill nor­mally lost in­ter­est be­fore the bugs were ironed out and would move on to his next project. I am cur­rently mak­ing a new fly­wheel as­sem­bly with a much shorter con­rod and have mod­i­fied the lu­bri­ca­tion sys­tem to in­crease oil to the cam lobes. These mods were sug­gested by Bill be­fore he died. Bill also had a po­tent JAP en­gine in a Rudge Ul­ster rolling chas­sis which per­formed well at Hill climbs and speed events. Bill had a tal­ented me­chanic/ma­chin­ist work­ing for him – Everly (Ev) Sadlier. No doubt Ev had a hand in build­ing these bikes. Ev even had a let­ter (now lost) from the Good­mans at Ve­lo­cette ask­ing what he and Bill were do­ing to their bikes to get them to per­form so well. Ev had Ve­lo­cette MOVs, Macs and KSSs, mainly in 250cc form con­stantly clock­ing around 100 mph in speed tri­als. Bill and Ev were two very tal­ented mo­tor­cy­clists. Also, re­gard­ing the G45 Match­less story in the same is­sue, ac­cord­ing to Ian Til­ley only one G45 came to Tas­ma­nia – Bill McGre­gor’s – pos­si­bly bought from agent Don Gor­ridge. Later own­ers were Peter Rick­etts, Ike Chenall, Ian Til­ley and Jerry All­berry, who owned it un­til the late ‘six­ties. I last saw this bike around this time at Barry Sulzberger’s house when it was for sale for $300. There were no buy­ers in Tas­ma­nia and apparently it then went to Queens­land. I think it may have had a Tri­umph en­gine at this time.

The Bri­tish tele­vi­sion series ‘Coast’ has re­cently com­pleted film­ing a seg­ment in Tas­ma­nia and fea­tures a seg­ment with the Gough M20 BSA run­ning at Bak­ers Beach, just as it did in the old days. It should be shown on Aus­tralian tele­vi­sion later in the year. Jeff Fran­combe Ho­bart, Tas­ma­nia

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