The Moore fam­ily – and more

Old Bike Australasia - - BLOW YOUR OWN -

As a child grow­ing up in the ‘six­ties I was for­tu­nate to watch (for­mer World Speed­way Cham­pion) Ron­nie Moore ride ‘The Wall of Death’ and was thrilled to get a loan of th­ese pho­to­graphs and get copies of them. The first photo (above) shows Ron­nie on a pre-war Ve­lo­cette run­ning on rollers out­side his Wall of Death. The sec­ond photo shows the Moore fam­ily, with fa­ther Les stand­ing at the front and Ron­nie at the right. I was re­cently given an­other photo, which no­body knew any­thing about. With my mag­ni­fy­ing glass I was able to read “Ithaca War Me­mo­rial”. I looked up Ithaca in my world at­las and found a town in Amer­ica and one in Greece. My im­me­di­ate thought was that this was prob­a­bly Greece, but I needed to know more so I Googled ‘Ithaca War Me­mo­rial’ and I was sur­prised to see that it is in Aus­tralia. A pho­to­graph shows the un­veil­ing of the mon­u­ment in 1922. The lo­ca­tion is Enog­gera Ter­race, Padding­ton, Bris­bane. The In­dian looks pos­si­bly new and I have no idea who the chap is or the uni­form he is wear­ing.

Steve Prince Grey­mouth, NZ

Thanks for the pho­tos Steve. Ron­nie Moore is one of the le­gends of the sport of speed­way, World Cham­pion in 1954 and 1959 and still held as one of the great­est stylists of all time. Ron­nie is now 83 and in 1985 was made a Mem­ber of the Or­der of the Bri­tish Em­pire in the Queens Birth­day Hon­ours list. – Ed

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