Dad’s T100

Old Bike Australasia - - OUT’N’ABOUT -

From Pe­ter Gal­lagher: “I was go­ing through my old is­sues and the Tracks in Time in OBA 48 on Wal­la­cia caught my eye. That was my dad Lau­rie Gal­lagher’s favourite track and he has many great sto­ries of his rac­ing days. One such story is of a race at Wal­la­cia where he was rac­ing Eric Deben­ham and dad was lead­ing by the length of the back straight when he made the mis­take of back­ing off on the last lap. As a re­sult he crashed and heard Eric laugh­ing as he rode past. Later Eric went on to race speed­boats against dad’s cousin John Gal­lagher and he told John that he used to race against dad and he was good at fall­ing off. Dad will be 90 in Septem­ber. The photo (above) is of dad on the left (1949 T100) with Fred White stand­ing, Dan O’Brien on his 1947 Ariel 350, my grand­fa­ther Bill stand­ing and John (Frog) Richards on a 1947 BSA 350. Dad has lost most of his mates over the years and ev­ery­one ex­cept him and Frog in the photo have gone. He only ever had one bike the 1949 T100 in the photo. How­ever he had what he called spring tank and guards for it and a twin carb set up. The tin­ware was black and he al­ways raced with the na­celle in place. He nor­mally con­verted the bike to race trim on a Fri­day night and they would ei­ther tow it to the race meet­ing be­hind an­other bike or put it on the fruit shop’s Chev truck. Then he would con­vert back to street trim on Sun­day night so he could work the next day. He would have raced from some­time 1949 to around 1952 or 53. He started out with the solo sad­dle but af­ter my grand­fa­ther traded his LE Velo for a new 1951 all al­loy T100 they swapped seats be­cause the 51 had a rigid rear wheel where dad’s had a sprung hub. He rode with Arn­cliffe Bex­ley Mo­tor­cy­cle Club and raced at Wal­la­cia, Castlereag­h, Vine­yard, Mt Druitt and also did speed tri­als at Heath­cote Rd near Me­nai and Lu­cas Heights.

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