Terry Pow­ell

Old Bike Australasia - - UNDER THE CHEQUERED FLAG - Ken Young

In Oc­to­ber can­cer took from us Tas­ma­nian Mo­tor Cy­cle Club mem­ber from the past in TERRY POW­ELL. Terry com­menced rac­ing at the start of the 1970s and his tal­ent was soon recog­nised by be­ing the last rider to ride for Keith Wing Rac­ing on his fleet of Bri­tish bikes. The Ja­panese in­va­sion be­came too much for the pas­sion­ate Bri­tish team and in a short time Keith Wing Rac­ing closed and Terry didn’t move to the new Ja­panese bikes. Among club mem­bers he was bet­ter known as Steve Sheldrick’s side­car pas­sen­ger on the very ba­sic Bri­tish bikes of the time. They were a very suc­cess­ful and spectacula­r team. The team was to move to the next level when Steve teamed up with Dun­can Ram­say to buy a “kneeler” frame and in­stall firstly a Tri­umph mo­tor and soon af­ter a Yamaha XS650 mo­tor. Af­ter suc­cess with this bike Steve and Terry re­tired and in­stalled Ross Al­li­son and Dave Lam­bert on the chair. Terry was a builder away from the track and af­ter a long time on the tools joined the Launce­s­ton cam­pus of TAFE to teach build­ing and even­tu­ally work his way up the lad­der to be in charge of the build­ing school.

RIGHT Steve Sheldrick with Terry Pow­ell in (and out of) the chair at Sym­mons Plains in 1971.

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