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Old Bike Australasia - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Ken Young

With the help of Mick Da­mon, I have been work­ing on a 160 page book I have ti­tled “100 Clicks”; the first 100 years of the Tas­ma­nian Motor Cy­cle Club. I had been think­ing it would never be pub­lished but now with Mick help­ing we have put to­gether a small team and it looks like the dead­line we have set of “out for Christ­mas” is well in reach. It was writ­ten quite a while ago and now I have the rec­om­mended cor­rec­tions and ed­its done by Marg Oliver (fel­low RD350 racer Tony’s wife) in hand and am now in the process of putting them into the book. Most top rid­ers like “Barny” Hors­man were reg­u­lars at Na­tional meet­ings at Sym­mons Plains. The photo of Alan Os­borne, Kenny Blake, Bill Hors­man and Peter Jones is from the Launce­s­ton Ex­am­iner col­lec­tion I scored when I was writ­ing a col­umn in the pa­per in the late 1970s. They were throw­ing out old pho­tos and of­fered to give me the bike ones. I know you have cov­ered the sub­ject but did you

know that John Sur­tees came to Long­ford in 1962 to race his car? He up­set some se­nior car peo­ple by at­tend­ing the of­fi­cial (pen­guin suit) car din­ner on the Satur­day night. But only for a short time then dis­ap­pear­ing and turn­ing up at the low key bike gath­er­ing at­tended by real peo­ple he knew like Tom Phillis, the Hin­tons and Jack Ahearn who he had met in Europe. Sadly Phillis did Long­ford, Sym­mons Plains the next week­end and headed to Ade­laide and then on to Europe and the Isle of Man. Sam Hughes some­times tells me about the ex­cite­ment of the young bucks like him who got to meet Sur­tees that night.

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