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Old Bike Australasia - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

The story on the Mor­gan Mile in OBA 80 re­vived lots of happy mem­o­ries, hav­ing rid­den at the first meet­ing and sev­eral there­after on my Matchless 500 and 250 Hagon Bul­taco, though not with the suc­cess of the top rid­ers in the story. Paul Dempsey of Ren­mark, who now owns the 500cc out­fit on page 56, and which he raced at the Mil­dura Clas­sic Speed­way Cham­pi­onships in June, has given me a DVD of the 1993 Mor­gan Mile meet­ing which also brought back mem­o­ries. I re­call one oc­ca­sion in the Club­man class, which was re­stricted to pump petrol, when on the Matchless I was dic­ing with a Suzuki 400. The stro­ker was marginally faster, and I sat on his tail lis­ten­ing to the ma­chine­gun-like sound of the lit­tle peb­bles bounc­ing off my al­loy front num­ber­plate. I fi­nally be­came brave enough to af­fect a pass, and, get­ting low over my bike I thought, “Now you can cop the spray from my back wheel”. It must have worked, be­cause I didn’t see him again. The rise of the two-strokes in the 500cc class, start­ing with Char­lie Ed­wards’ TR3 Yamaha and then the TR500 Suzukis, raised con­cerns as they had a speed ad­van­tage over the fourstroke Speed­way and Long­track en­gines. Ini­tially there was a Mo­tocross on the sec­ond day of the meet­ing, on a cir­cuit within the Mile, and the lo­cal crew used the wa­ter cart to cre­ate a mud-hole which was not pop­u­lar with many of the rid­ers. Later, as shown in the aerial photo, a Short Cir­cuit (Dirt Track) was con­structed, and Gary Flood on a Hagon-JAP dom­i­nated the first meet­ing. The very mild right-hand bend favoured the slider ma­chines, but sub­se­quently the ACU of SA in­sisted that it be made sharper to even things up for the mo­tocross bikes. Sadly, we have seen the demise of the Mor­gan Mile and that type of rac­ing, which was cer­tainly very spec­tac­u­lar and per­son­ally thrilling. Many thanks to Ge­off Nuske and Char­lie Ed­wards for bring­ing the Mor­gan Mile story to the read­ers of Old Bike Aus­trala­sia.

Trevor Hen­der­son, Christie Downs, SA

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