Clash of the old­est and youngest

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Sun­day 24th March was the day when WA’s old­est ac­knowl­edged road racer and the state’s youngest road racer were on the same race card for the very first time.

Both com­peted in the HCMCWA’s first race meet­ing of the 2019 sea­son at the Col­lie Mo­tor­plex. Bob Hull was born on 20th July 1944, mak­ing him 74 years and 9 months young, whilst Jay­den Martin was born on 31st De­cem­ber 2007 mak­ing him just 11 years and 3 months old. Prior to this race meet­ing the pair had never met be­fore.

Bob Hull’s ca­reer be­gan back in 1966 when he took up ‘Scram­bling’ in Eng­land rid­ing a Rick­man Metisse 500 Tri­umph. Then in 1968 he headed to Ger­many rid­ing in MX on 350cc Bul­taco ‘El Ban­dido’. Fol­low­ing the conclusion of the 1969 sea­son he re­tired. Af­ter a two year break he be­gan ‘Sky­div­ing’ in 1971 com­plet­ing 1500+ jumps in the UK, Ger­many, France, Amer­ica and Aus­tralia in a four­teen year ca­reer. He was the Bri­tish In­di­vid­ual Cham­pion in 1975.

Hav­ing moved to Aus­tralia he re­turned to mo­tor­cy­cle rac­ing in 2002 aboard a Suzuki GSX-R600. This was all the more re­mark­able given he was liv­ing and work­ing in Tom Price, just a lazy 15 hours drive each way to race at Barba­gallo. He cur­rently races with

both the HCMCWA and the MCRCWA and has a CB 500 Honda, Suzuki RGV250, CBR 250 Honda and his 916 Du­cati. He also com­petes in the (Over 35) Masters Ath­let­ics and was the 2018 WA cham­pion in 800m, 1500m and 5000mt. He was 3rd in all of these dis­tances at Na­tional level in 2018. In 2016 he rep­re­sented Aus­tralia at the ‘World Masters Cham­pi­onships in Perth in the 800m, 1500m, 5000m and in 8000m cross coun­try events.

Jay­den Martin’s rap sheet is some­what shorter given his age but is nonethe­less im­pres­sive. He was just six years of age when he be­gan rac­ing at Wan­neroo Ju­nior MX Club on his mini KTM50. He raced MX for four years pro­gress­ing through the 50cc Demo class to 65cc. He raced all the WA State Rounds.

At the end of 2017 he at­tended a ‘Come & Try Day’ at the Wan­neroo In­ter­na­tional Kart Track with the Su­per­moto Club of WA and just loved it. He con­tested the full 2018 sea­son with the Club fin­ish­ing sec­ond to Jethro Car­riage in the Ju­nior Club Cham­pi­onship as well as trekking east to con­test the New­cas­tle In­ter­na­tional plac­ing 7th in the Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship.

In 2019 he is com­pet­ing in the WA Su­per­moto Club Cham­pi­onships as well as all three of the Ju­nior Su­per­moto Na­tional Cham­pi­onships. At Round 1 at Port Mac­quarie he fin­ished fifth. He is also con­test­ing the HCMCWA Club Cham­pi­onships on his Honda CBR 150, in his first ever Road Race meet­ing he took Pole Po­si­tion, won all three of his races and set the fastest time of the day for the Ju­niors with a 59.7870 sec­ond lap.

He will also be con­test­ing the in­au­gu­ral ‘Ban­ham’s Ju­nior Road Rac­ing Cham­pi­onships’ which will have six rounds, two hosted by the HCMCWA, two by the MCRCWA and two by the Su­per­moto Club of WA. The win­ner will have an en­try in the 2020 Ocea­nia Ju­nior Cup.

LEFT 11 year old Jay­den Martin meets Bob Hull, 63 years his se­nior. RIGHT Jay­den Martin at Col­lie on his CBR 150 Honda. BE­LOW RIGHT Bob Hull in ac­tion on his 916 Du­cati.

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