Un­der the Che­quered Flag

Old Bike Australasia - - BUZZ BOX - From Bill Keenan

Colin Burke

Bro­ken Hill’s own side­car leg­end COLIN ‘SPOT’

BURKE passed away in Jan­uary.

Spot be­gan rac­ing on his 650 Tri­umph street bike on the big mile-plus TT dirt track at the old aero­drome area in 1952. He went on for the next 18 years rac­ing all over coun­try tracks, mainly big tracks like Rom­sey, the Pirie Mile and Half Mile, Whyalla Half Mile, and at his home track, the Bro­ken Hill Half Mile. He also raced suc­cess­fully at the smaller Mil­dura Speed­way and at Row­ley Park in the mid ‘60s. The lo­cal ‘Big’ Track was short­ened to 800 metres in the late ‘50s to be­come the best half-mile in Aus­tralia. Spot com­peted in both the Up to 750cc class, and the All Pow­ers on his quick 650, which was quite a task against the ‘good’ Vin­cents. He was well nigh unbeatable dur­ing the ‘60s in the 750 class no mat­ter what size track. On re­tir­ing in 1970, Spot had won 3 Aus­tralian 750 Big Track ti­tles and 14 state Big Track ti­tles. His photo on the Wall of Fame at Mil­dura Clu­b­rooms and the Gil­man Speed­way VIP room are tes­ta­ment to the “lit­tle bloke from Bro­ken Hill”. Spot leaves his wife of 64 years, Rhonda, and fam­ily of Pe­ter, Colin (dec) and their fam­i­lies.

Spot Burke with Tom Fitts pas­sen­ger on their 650 Tri­umph (27) neck and neck with Spud Ren­shaw’s 750 HRD at the Port Pirie Mile in 1960.

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