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Dear Malc, What a su­per fea­ture in the latest is­sue 174 about Big­gin Hill telling the story and short history, of a lit­tle­known venue from the true clas­sic pe­riod. The col­lec­tion of pho­to­graphs, pre­vi­ously un­seen, from the lens of Nick Ni­cholls, re­ally the cap­ture the scene and pe­riod. The one of Ginger Payne, 499 Nor­ton flat on the tank and with a very de­ter­mined look on his face is one of the best rac­ing shots I’ve seen for a long time. The text in this fea­ture is also ex­cel­lent, what a pity Nick is no longer with us to tell us more. With re­gard to the Sil­vio Gras­setti story, some years back I spoke to him at the Misano His­toric GP where he was rid­ing in the pa­rades. Not men­tioned in the story was that he was once a team mate of Ge­off Duke both rid­ing the works Benelli 250 sin­gles dur­ing the 1959 GP sea­son. Terry Birch Not­ting­ham

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