Bill Dob­son

Old Bike Australasia - - UNDER THE CHEQUERED FLAG - Ray Woods

Bill Dob­son (Dobbo) was born on 4th July 1944 and passed away on 22nd De­cem­ber 2018. He died peace­fully in the Box Hill hospi­tal, Mel­bourne with his wife Car­o­line and their three daugh­ters by his bed­side. Bill and his fam­ily lived at Don­caster, and he was a Builder and Car­pen­ter by trade. In 1972 he took up speed­way side­car rac­ing. He rode through­out the 1970s at the Brook­lyn track and oc­ca­sion­ally at Avalon. He also made sev­eral ap­pear­ances at the Rom­sey grass track on the ex Bob McKim­mie 8-80 JAP, with his brother Bob in the chair. In 1978 he built a new out­fit, us­ing a 900 Kawasaki. He raced this for sev­eral years, mostly with Jimmy Carter in the chair. The Dob­son-Carter team were fierce com­peti­tors and gave a good ac­count of them­selves where ever they ap­peared. He re­tired from rac­ing in 1982. In 2017 Bill was in­vited to ride in the pa­rade lap at the Broad­ford Bo­nanza in a trib­ute to the old Rom­sey Rid­ers. He was once again re­united with the McKim­mie JAP, which he had not seen for 39 years. It was fan­tas­tic to see Bill and the orig­i­nal ma­chine do­ing the pa­rade lap in hon­our of the track where he used to com­pete all those years ago. It was just like the old firm be­ing back to­gether again. Bills wife and daugh­ters were all there as well, now with chil­dren of their own. So it was a great day for ev­ery­body. Bill was very well re­garded by all that knew him. He will be sadly missed by his fam­ily and friends.

Bill Dob­son at the 2017 Broad­ford Bo­nanza.

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