All rounders

Old Bike Australasia - - BLOW YOUR OWN -

In the ar­ti­cle ‘Across the Great Di­vide’ on Ge­off Tay­lor (OBA 76) you men­tion he has the rare dis­tinc­tion of win­ning Aus­tralian Cham­pi­onships on both so­los and side­cars, and in mo­tocross and road rac­ing. Pos­si­bly only the late Ken Rum­ble can match that claim. I be­lieve my grand­fa­ther Char­lie May has a claim. He won the 500cc solo Aus­tralian Scram­bles Cham­pi­onship at Shei­dow Park, South Aus­tralia in 1954 and the Un­lim­ited Side­car Scram­bles Cham­pi­onship in 1959 at Royal Park, Ade­laide.

Shaun May Ade­laide, SA

Thanks for your email Shaun. Ken Rum­ble raced side­cars af­ter re­tir­ing from scram­bles, and in 1970 he won the Aus­tralian Ju­nior Side­car Grand Prix at Mal­lala. How­ever this was not an Aus­tralian Cham­pi­onship – the na­tional ti­tles were awarded to the Aus­tralian TT at that time un­til this was re­placed by the present multi-round Aus­tralian Road Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship in 1973. Nev­er­the­less Ken was a su­perb all-rounder. Thanks also for the de­tails on Char­lie May, an­other highly tal­ented com­peti­tor. – Ed

Char­lie May in ac­tion.

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