More on Mor­gan…

Old Bike Australasia - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

I greatly en­joyed the ar­ti­cle in is­sue 80 on the Mor­gan Mile. I only made the trip to Mor­gan twice, in the early ‘80s, while a Mel­bourne res­i­dent. De­spite hav­ing rid­den the Rom­sey mile the first trip was an ed­u­ca­tion and there was much more spe­cial prepa­ra­tion for the sec­ond trip as can be seen in the pho­to­graph (top right). The ar­ti­cle noted without com­ment the in­juries from stones to both Char­lie Ed­wards and the Amer­i­can rider Char­lie Searle. Stones were a very big is­sue. At the end of the day my “un­break­able” front num­ber plate is shot away by the stones. I am wear­ing taped up over­alls over my leathers to re­duce the im­pact of the stones. Safety glasses, gog­gles and a roll of film, con­tin­u­ously pulled down for vision, pro­tect my eyes.

The es­ti­mates of speeds tie in with my calculatio­ns of gear­ing for around 160km/h at 7000 revs as I could not af­ford to blow up mo­tors. I do not think there was much wheel spin by the end of that long straight given the high en­try speed – and while not men­tioned in is­sue 80, no brakes. If my mem­ory serves me well, I fin­ished third in both the speed­way and open track (500 slider) classes.

I have also in­cluded a sec­ond pho­to­graph (above) of the al­most glad­i­a­to­rial pa­rade of rid­ers, me­chan­ics and ma­chines past the crowd be­fore en­ter­ing the track and start­ing en­gines. Jan, my lovely wife and me­chanic is al­ways em­bar­rassed by this pic­ture as all the other me­chan­ics are push­ing the bikes for their rid­ers!

Fraser McMil­lan Manly, Qld.

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