Old Bike Australasia - - BLOW YOUR OWN -

Re­gard­ing your ar­ti­cle on the DKW rac­ers (OBA 57), an im­por­tant part of the story was missed be­cause of a pair of scis­sors. The photo of Kluge on the DKW, the Baron and Bill Green in ACT af­ter the record at­tempt had a vi­tal per­son snipped off, as can be seen in the ac­com­pa­ny­ing photo. On the right is Don Bain scratch­ing his head, af­ter he had carted half a mile of cop­per wire, wooden tim­ing boxes, stop watches and ACU pa­pers only to be told by the Ger­mans that he could not strip the bike to mea­sure the bore and stroke. To say he ‘blew’ up was nearly the start of WW2. Joe Moore (Hazell & Moore and Eric Moore – DKW agents), told me a works DKW came here (in 1939) for ei­ther Kluge or Jim Mad­sen to ride. As war was de­clared in Septem­ber, Kluge did not ar­rive. The DKW stood cov­ered up by a sheet through­out the war pe­riod, Moore’s did not have a piece of pa­per to say who owned the bike, and mind­ful of the tan­gled mess that would be cre­ated by pen push­ers of war repa­ra­tions and gov­ern­ment de­part­ments, plans with the ax­iom “mum’s the word” to dis­pose of the bike. The ac­coun­tant at Eric Moore’s was given the job; ru­mour was that it was sold to a buyer in Dar­win. Brian Green­field 16 Vic­to­ria Street, Waver­ley, NSW

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