More on Ge­off Perry

Old Bike Australasia - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Chris Sim Kog­a­rah, NSW

Ross Charl­ton’s let­ter about Ge­off Perry in OBA72 was much ap­pre­ci­ated. Many of us have a per­sonal `top three’ rid­ers they saw in ac­tion (as op­posed to rid­ers they read about, that’s a sep­a­rate list). Mine is, in al­pha­bet­i­cal or­der, Hans­ford, Hen­nen and Perry. Ge­off Perry raced in Aus­tralia just twice to the best of my knowl­edge; the Trans-Tas­man Match races at Ama­roo Park and the Agos­tini meet­ing at Oran Park. I’m still not sure I wasn’t hal­lu­ci­nat­ing when Ge­off went down the out­side of three of our best TZ350 rid­ers while brak­ing into Ama­roo’s hair­pin – as­ton­ish­ing. Of course, he was on a very good bike, the NZ-de­vel­oped Steve Roberts-framed 500 Suzuki. On the same bike he bested all the Aussies at Oran, only Agos­tini fin­ished in front of him. I vividly re­call Ge­off’s un­usual line through and out of En­er­gol Bend, stick­ing to the ab­so­lute in­side to shorten the cor­ner and main­tain­ing that trajectory along the straight, which con­trasted with Agos­tini’s clas­sic open line that took him near the out­side fence on the exit. Both tracks were new to Ge­off, surely he was on the ‚

cusp of be­com­ing a world star un­til cru­elly and iron­i­cally taken in an air­line crash. Ge­off’s Ama­roo over­tak­ing move lives in my mem­ory along­side Pat Hen­nen’s pass of Ron Toombs at Oran Park’s flip-flop in a Pan Pa­cific race and Gregg’s move on War­ren Will­ing at En­er­gol to win a big scrap at Oran that also in­volved an­other Kiwi ace, John Wood­ley. Although Ge­off Perry is syn­ony­mous with Suzuki, his early re­sults were achieved on a TSS Bul­taco, as the photo above shows from 1968. - Ed

Mrs Pat Wise on her 350 Manx Nor­ton.

David Kidd at­tacks Wood­cote Cor­ner at Sil­ver­stone in his first race on the ex-Pat Wise Ve­lo­cette.

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