THE OSBORNE dy­nasty

Old Bike Australasia - - YAMAHA RD56 -

THE OSBORNE NAME goes back a long way in the an­nals of Aus­tralian mo­tor­cy­cle rac­ing. Norm Osborne, who in his early days raced un­der the pseu­do­nym of Reg East, won Aus­tralian ti­tles pre-war and in 1948 formed a part­ner­ship with Frank Pratt to es­tab­lish the long-run­ning deal­er­ship Pratt & Osborne at Gee­long. Norm’s sons Alan and Graeme were both ac­com­plished rac­ers; Graeme is still com­pet­ing in His­toric events at the age of 77 and has a fleet of well pre­sented bikes. Alan rose to fame rid­ing what was known as the Egan Ve­lo­cette in the early ‘six­ties, and after grad­u­at­ing to Yama­has was al­ways a front run­ner. He com­peted in sev­eral Cas­trol Six Hour races, rid­ing with Graeme, in the early ‘sev­en­ties. Alan’s son Donny fol­lowed in his fa­ther’s wheel tracks, win­ning the 250cc Aus­tralian Road Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship in 1987.

ABOVE A young Graeme Osborne on his fa­ther’s KTT Ve­lo­cette at Ballarat in 1947. CEN­TRE RIGHT Don Osborne on his Honda RS500 triple at Calder in 1986. RIGHT Graeme Osborne on his Manx Nor­ton at Dar­ley.

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