Ken’s book

Old Bike Australasia - - OUT’N’ABOUT -

The launch of Ken Young’s book “100 Clicks” The His­tory of the Tas­ma­nian Mo­tor Cy­cle Club, the third old­est such club in the World, was held at the Na­tional Au­to­mo­bile Mu­seum of Tas­ma­nia in Launce­s­ton. Over sixty mem­bers and sup­port­ers heard from mo­tor sports le­gend Barry Oliver who in­tro­duced pro­ceed­ings and spoke on the club’s his­tory. Young then spoke about the hard grind it had been over the 8-year jour­ney to bring the idea to fruition. Among the guests were Lau­rie O’Shea, one of the best rid­ers the club pro­duced who fea­tures on the book’s cover on his 350 Nor­ton, and Ian Til­ley who could give Lau­rie some com­pe­ti­tion and was a suc­cess­ful mo­tor cy­cle dealer. Oth­ers in­cluded John Sturza­ker who was very com­pet­i­tive on the air­fields and the beaches, Terry Brooks who ex­celled in road tri­als but made his name as a long-time club Com­pe­ti­tion and Gen­eral Sec­re­tary, and Robin Yates who was a com­pet­i­tive mem­ber of the Yates broth­ers trio who gave the club great sup­port on and off the track. John Bar­renger was very com­pet­i­tive at any­thing he turned his hand to, Mick Da­mon who is still rac­ing in His­toric Rac­ing and was the man who pulled the team to­gether to fin­ish off the book, Les Walk­den who was the pi­lot of the SC 500 Yamaha and 750 Nor­ton Wasp MX side­car that he and Young scored state ti­tles on. He was to team up with an­other guest in Sam Hughes to be the long stand­ing “Dy­namic Duo” of Chief Ste­ward and Clerk of Course for many years at Sym­mons Plains. A very pleas­ing as­pect of the launch was that 11 of the 12 life mem­bers were in at­ten­dance. Lau­rie “Lec­tric” O’Shea stayed on at the end to sign cov­ers of the book and re­live many of his ex­ploits for the “younger” mem­bers in at­ten­dance. The photo was taken by Ian Brick­hill who took over as Com­pe­ti­tion Sec­re­tary from Brooks and took on writ­ing a weekly col­umn in the Satur­day Evening Ex­press be­fore he handed the col­umn to Young for al­most an­other 300 weeks.

Au­thor Ken Young ad­dresses guests at the launch of his book ‘100 clicks’.

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