In part two, the boundaries of which he would go to for ‘The’ image, are looked at through the lens of the Don Morley camera. To say they were near death experiences is probably a little under stated! During his convalescence after the original accident with the Noyce factory Honda,
a photo shoot in 1979 caused even more problems.
It involved New
Zealander Dennis Ireland, an up and coming rider who at the time raced a Suzuki at GP level. Having just won the Belgian GP the shoot was set up for publicity purposes prior to the October’s Brands Hatch International event. Ireland had initially planned to run his machine over a few laps to check if a throttle-sticking issue had been resolved by his mechanic which had occurred at the previous weekend’s race at Oulton Park. The practice session had been cancelled but Ireland took the machine from his van to do the tests in the pit-lane area. As it transpired the sticking throttles matter had not been successfully resolved unknown to him. Don, still on crutches, positioned himself in the pit-lane with his camera at the ready. Ireland was to ride his RG500 past Don for a series of shots. However, the early version of the RG500 Suzuki was a bit of an animal of a motorcycle and suddenly all four throttles jammed wide open unleashing the full ninety-four brake-horse power and he couldn’t shut the machine down. The Suzuki reared straight up pitching Ireland off and Morley had nowhere to go; he was the proverbial sitting duck. Thinking quickly, he threw himself to the ground to try to avoid contact but the wayward Suzuki hammered into Don. Ireland was catapulted into a concrete post and was much less fortunate; he suffered multiple injuries which confined him to a wheelchair for many weeks and several months of operations and physiotherapy.
Don accepts an award from the Isle of Man Governor for 51 years of the ‘TT’ coverage.
At the Munich Olympics after the ‘Munich Massacre’ 72