A day for Jack and Nigel

Jack White and Nigel Boocock are names of high achiev­ers in Speed­way mo­tor­cy­cle his­tory. The Vin­tage Speed­car As­so­ci­a­tion of Queens­land de­cided that this year’s dis­play of Speed­way bikes and me­mora­bilia, held on Au­gust 5th at the In­dian Mu­seum would be ce

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Both sadly are no longer with us but Cyn­thia Boocock (Nigel’s wife) and Jon White (Jack’s son) were present. Dar­ren Son­nen­berg who had the orig­i­nal vi­sion and speed­way tragic Tony Webb were the main or­gan­is­ers. The dis­play was huge and filled both sides of Delta Street Gee­bung in front of the In­dian Mu­seum. Ban­ners, leathers and mounted pe­riod pho­tos com­pli­mented the bikes. In the crowd were many le­gends of the sport and Jack Por­ritt (Liver­pool Hall of Fame re­cip­i­ent as a Mid­get Speed­car driver) armed with a mi­cro­phone had a stream of no­ta­bles fronting up for in­ter­views dur­ing the day. John Boul­ger and his wife Jackie were flown up as spe­cial guests. He told me he is nor­mally shy and hates pub­lic speak­ing, but we were en­ter­tained by ex­actly the op­po­site and it was rare to see John ‘not talk­ing’ over the whole day. Other sto­ries were pre­sented by John Tit­man, Jim Airey, Jon White, Greg Ken­twell and Bluey Scott. A no­table loose engine caught my eye and af­ter speak­ing with Nick Hicks I dis­cov­ered that it will be the sub­ject of an in­ter­est­ing restora­tion pro­ject. The 1000cc V-twin engine was built in 1983 by Ger­man ace tuner Otto Lat­ten­heimer and fit­ted to a mod­i­fied long-track ma­chine nick­named ‘Black Erna’. The engine was a 120HP mon­ster made to test the cream of the speed­way rid­ers who could han­dle more speed than was pos­si­ble with reg­u­la­tion 500cc so­los. It was pro­posed for a new event which was in­tended for the best rid­ers of each coun­try at the time, a sort of ‘World Cup’ if you like. These guys were known as the fab­u­lous five and in­cluded John Tit­man (Aus­tralia), Egon Muller (Ger­many), Ivan Mauger (NZ), Si­mon Wigg (UK) and an­other whose name es­capes ev­ery­one. Un­for­tu­nately the pro­posal was not ac­cepted and the engine (prob­a­bly the only one of its kind in the world) was put aside. It thank­fully ended up in Nick’s hands. Christ­mas is Nick’s tar­get for re-build­ing a replica ‘Black Erna’ and Mitch Shirra and John Tit­man have of­fered to ride it. Pre­sen­ta­tion time saw Dar­ren Son­nen­berg take the mi­cro­phone. He pre­sented medal­lions to the main sup­port­ers of the event: Dar­ryl and Donna White (own­ers of the In­dian Mu­seum), guys from Queens­land Vin­tage and His­toric Kart­ing Inc. who sup­ported the event with a dis­play and John Boul­ger for com­ing all the way from South Aus­tralia. The Jack White Tro­phy for Best Un­re­stored Bike was pre­sented by Jon White to Col Roger­son from Kin­garoy and the Nigel Boocock Tro­phy for Best Re­stored Bike was pre­sented by Cyn­thia to Kym Mauger for the ex-Ivan Mauger ESO which won many cham­pi­onships in 1962 and 1963. The grand fi­nale had 35 exSpeed­way rid­ers and some off­spring lined up for a group shot be­hind the re­stored Ivan Mauger ESO. It was a very mem­o­rable day all round so many thanks must go to the or­gan­is­ers and par­tic­i­pants who are keep­ing the le­gend alive. It re­minded me a lit­tle of ANZAC day. With fewer of the ag­ing war­riors each year it seems their off­spring rally to the cause to proudly cel­e­brate the achieve­ments of their fore­bears and the event keeps get­ting big­ger. Pen­cil in Au­gust next year for the 2019 event.

Speed­way veter­ans gath­ered to cel­e­brate the past.

John Boul­ger shares a story while ad­mir­ing Ian Proc­tor’s im­mac­u­late God­den.

The ul­tra-rare Otto Lat­ten­heimer 100cc ‘dou­ble Wes­lake’ engine.

Kym Mauger, win­ner of the Boocock Tro­phy for his restora­tion of Ivan’s ESO.

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