Un­der the Che­quered Flag

Old Bike Australasia - - BUZZ BOX - from John John­son

We lost a good friend and speed­way iden­tity on the 27th Oc­to­ber 2016. LIONEL BEN­SON was an unas­sum­ing, qui­etly spo­ken gen­tle­man who reached a high achieve­ment, rep­re­sent­ing Aus­tralia at Wem­b­ley in 1952. We watched Moto GP to­gether on the screen on the pre­vi­ous Sun­day in Palla­tive Care, Green­wich Hospi­tal, and with no pain he passed away early Thurs­day morn­ing. Read­ing OBA34 I note Ron Miles’ birth­day 8th Fe­bru­ary as the same as Lionel’s – but Lionel was born in Sydney in 1925! He was a di­rect de­scen­dent of John Small and Sarah Parker of the First Fleet. He came to promi­nence in the 1949-50 sea­son with strong per­for­mances at Bathurst, lead­ing to an in­vi­ta­tion to join the third di­vi­sion Le­ices­ter club in Eng­land. His posters of a mo­tor­cy­cle race meet­ing held at North Ryde in 1932 will be do­nated with other mem­o­ra­bilia to Bathurst Speed­way Mu­seum.

Lionel Ben­son

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