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Old Bike Australasia - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

Just a few of com­ments on the ex­cel­lent article on the Quorn Hall cir­cuit (OBA 73). The photo of the Gough Spe­cial ac­tu­ally shows Don Miller rid­ing it. As far as I know Bill Gough did not ride this bike much, as not long af­ter it was built it was sold to Alf Hut­ton who rode it to work at Glasgow Engi­neer­ing. It was later sold on to Don Miller and Roger Fowler who raced it at var­i­ous events un­til it blew up at Bak­ers Beach in 1954. I pur­chased the re­mains of this bike from Mrs Fowler – it had been stored un­der their house since the blow up. The en­gine of this bike is based on a 1930 350cc OHC Ve­lo­cette, with a Bill Gough crank­shaft and dou­ble over­head cam box. The head and tim­ing gears be­ing from, I be­lieve an early 150 BSA. It was housed in Bill’s home-made ‘Featherbed’ style frame which Bill de­signed with no knowl­edge of the McCand­less frame sub­se­quently used by Nor­ton. Re­gard­ing the other 125s un­der con­struc­tion, I was told by Trevor Jowett many years ago that his was based on an early Tri­umph sin­gle – no doubt he would have been helped by his brother in law Bill Gough, but I am fairly sure that this was never com­pleted. Pat and Vin­nie Brown’s Spe­cial, I was told, was BSA-based, not Velo, as sug­gested. The Brown broth­ers nearly al­ways rode BSA ma­chines so this is prob­a­bly right, but I am fairly sure also that this ma­chine was never com­pleted. Quite a few ma­chines from this era of rac­ing still ex­ist in Tasmania, such as the ex-Max Stephens KTT Velo (#74), the 125 Gough Spe­cial (#8), the ex-Max Eaves 500 Manx Nor­ton (#1), and the 250 MOV Velo ex- Ge­orge Chen. This bike, Max’s KTT and I think the Eaves Nor­ton are on dis­play at the Na­tional Au­to­mo­bile Mu­seum in Launce­s­ton. Also, Bill McGre­gor was not a ‘ten pound POM’, but a genuine Aussie. Bill raced a va­ri­ety of bikes in­clud­ing a Com­pe­ti­tion Match­less, a Gold Star BSA, a G45 Match­less and an ex-works Honda. Jeff Frankcombe Ho­bart. Tas n

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