Mo­tor­cy­clists hon­oured

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2019 in­ductees to the Aus­tralian Motor Sport Hall of Fame in­clude four-time Aus­tralian Speed­way cham­pion Phil Crump, mo­tocross leg­end Ray Fisher, En­duro Ace Stefan Mer­ri­man, and posthu­mously, in­ter­na­tional road racer Eric Hin­ton. The sold-out gala din­ner, sponsored by Fa­mous In­sur­ance, was held at the Mel­bourne Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre on Fri­day March 15.

Fisher ‘s long ca­reer (see OBA 33) saw him ven­ture to UK in 1959 with his to­tal sav­ings in­vested in a one-way berth on the liner Ar­ca­dia along with fel­low scram­bler Bob Walpole. He stayed for five years, rac­ing in Eng­land and Europe, and re­turned a very pol­ished rider. Aboard his Match­less Metisse, Ray was vir­tu­ally unbeatable back home, and also gave Kawasaki its first Aus­tralian Cham­pi­onship in 1968 when he won the 125cc Aus­tralian ti­tle in WA.

New Zealand-born Mer­ri­man won the World En­duro Cham­pi­onship four times from 2000 to 2004. Eric Hin­ton, son of the fa­mous Harry Hin­ton, be­gan his in­ter­na­tional ca­reer at age 21 and en­joyed a long and distin­guished in­ter­na­tional ca­reer in the 1950s and early ‘60s, be­fore re­turn­ing to Aus­tralia where he com­peted suc­cess­fully un­til 1973.

Ray Fisher dic­ing with John Map­per­son at Christ­mas Hills in 1965.

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