Beat­ing the sys­tem

Old Bike Australasia - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

As a teenager in Bathurst in the 1970s, it be­came a chal­lenge for us to gain en­try to the pits dur­ing the Easter races. There was al­ways an ACU of­fi­cial check­ing Pit Passes when the gates at the start/fin­ish line were open be­tween races. If there was enough of a crowd ready to en­ter, the white­coated man would be over­whelmed and so, by po­si­tion­ing our­selves on the off­side of some­one with a pass and ask­ing them in a loud voice, “Who’s in the next race Dad?”, just be­fore the said of­fi­cial, we could usu­ally sneak through. “Dad” would look at us with shock or dis­tain, but that didn’t worry us as we had achieved our goal. Not quite as good was to send one of us in front to be caught, and dur­ing the com­mo­tion, two or three of us would make it through. By the time I was 18, we had a mate whose dad worked on the coun­cil so we could use his pit pass to gain ac­cess, and by pass­ing it back through the fence sev­eral times, we would all be in. This ex­plains how I got a can­did shot of Mur­ray Sayle (above) when he was rid­ing for Milledge Broth­ers in 1978. I read in OBA 78 that he had re­tired so I would like to wish him all the best for the fu­ture. Don Sin­clair Bathurst, NSW

Mur­ray Sayle in the pits at Bathurst, 1978.

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