Close call

Old Bike Australasia - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

Re the let­ter “Balls & all” ( OBA 78 ‘ Blow your own’), in 1960 I was rid­ing at Mor­ris Park Dubbo with Trevor Martin on his 350 Ariel; I was on my 250 DKW road bike. Trevor was com­ing be­hind me (just prac­tic­ing) when I high-sided the bike on the speed­way bend and landed on my face with an open face fi­bre­glass hel­met and was badly con­cussed. As I went over the han­dle bars the straight clutch or brake lever went through my trousers and tore the fork out of them. If it had been higher I could have been dis­em­bow­elled or ended up as a steer and need­ing rub­ber or al­loy balls. Trevor had taken 1 of the plugs out his fa­ther’s old Ford cus­tom ute to check it af­ter our ride. Along with my brother they put me in the ute and raced into hospi­tal, about 7 miles with only 7 plugs in the old V8. Apart from about 3 days in hospi­tal ev­ery­thing was in­tact. As al­ways, an­other great magazine.

Bruce Sn­od­grass Dubbo, NSW

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