Talk­ing to Tom

Old Bike Australasia - - OUT’N’ABOUT -

The in­de­fati­ga­ble Gaven Dall’Osto has penned a few words (with pho­tos) from a talk given by Tom Williams at the re­cent Du­cati B&B Rally.

Along with over 100 Du­cati en­thu­si­asts, I was lucky to share time with Tom Williams, guest speaker at this year’s Bevel & Bull Rally at Ten­ter­field. Tom some­how balances work, fam­ily com­mit­ments and most week­ends is Clerk of the Course at road race events across Aus­tralia in­clud­ing all rounds of ASBK, and Deputy Clerk of the Course at in­ter­na­tional events such as Mo­toGP and WSBK. We were there­fore very for­tu­nate for him to make time for this spe­cial event. Mind you, Tom is a very pas­sion­ate bevel Du­cati owner him­self so the temp­ta­tion to ride to the event may have been the clincher. Tom’s mo­tor­cy­cling ca­reer be­gan in his mid-teens briefly with BSAs be­fore he pur­chased a near new 450 Desmo in 1975 (which he still owns). Tom joined the DOCQ in 1978, just months af­ter it was founded, and was granted Life Mem­ber­ship in the ‘nineties. He dab­bled in rac­ing be­fore he be­came in­volved in of­fi­ci­at­ing, start­ing with low key DOCQ BEARS meet­ings in the ‘80s and pro­gress­ing to his cur­rent FIM Su­per­li­cence sta­tus, where he’s earned the re­spect of rid­ers, team man­agers and fel­low of­fi­cials. He’s twice been a fi­nal­ist in the Sports Queens­land’s Vol­un­teer of the Year Awards, is on the Mo­tor­cy­cling Aus­tralia Na­tional Of­fi­cials Com­mit­tee, ASBK Man­age­ment Team, Qld. Road Race Sub­com­mit­tee, and is one of Mo­tor­cy­cling Aus­tralia’s road race Track In­spec­tors. Long-time friend Kevin Tre­varthen in­ter­viewed Tom as he probed an in­sight into the char­ac­ters, work­ings and in­ter­est­ing sto­ries be­hind the scenes of rac­ing events over the years. Spec­tac­u­larly they were both perched out the front of the din­ner guests on their Du­catis which were an­gled ap­pro­pri­ately to the au­di­ence and to each other. Kevin was mounted on his trusty ’73 750GT and Tom on his ’75 750SS which they’ve both owned for nearly 40 years. The fairy­tale set­ting was fur­ther en­hanced with the din­ner guests sur­rounded by over 40 other bevel Du­catis in the venue. Fan­tas­tic sto­ries com­pli­mented a night of Bevel magic.

Kevin Tre­varthan (left) in­ter­views guest speaker Tom Williams.

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