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#1 lyntonh

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Posted 15 November 2010 - 12:27

I have 60 or so photos taken at the Easter meeting at Bathurst in 1970.

I'll split them into manageable bites...

Beginning at Murray's Corner...

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Then up to Skyline...
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#2 Russell Burrows

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Posted 15 November 2010 - 14:02

I have 60 or so photos taken at the Easter meeting at Bathurst in 1970.

I'll split them into manageable bites...

Beginning at Murray's Corner...

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Then up to Skyline...
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Thanks, good stuff, I'll have to dig out the programmes.

#3 lyntonh

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Posted 16 November 2010 - 09:38

I have 60 or so photos taken at the Easter meeting at Bathurst in 1970.

I'll split them into manageable bites...

Beginning at Murray's Corner...

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Then up to Skyline...
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That's Hell Corner, of course, not Murray's!!

#4 275 GTB-4

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Posted 16 November 2010 - 09:52

I have 60 or so photos taken at the Easter meeting at Bathurst in 1970.

I'll split them into manageable bites...

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Metralla!! hope it was well oiled!!! :smoking:

#5 GD66

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Posted 16 November 2010 - 10:05

I think outfit #42 may be the Sandy McRae Vincent, and the #54 outfit may well be the Victorian star Lindsay Urquhart.

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Posted 16 November 2010 - 11:54

I think outfit #42 may be the Sandy McRae Vincent, and the #54 outfit may well be the Victorian star Lindsay Urquhart.


Spot on Glen, with 71 Graham Allen and Lamble on his Imp engined device on 9. The programme says 77 is Lyell Williamson from Tassie on his TR2. I'm pretty certain it was him who later raced one of the very few Yamsels in Australia.

Edited by Russell Burrows, 16 November 2010 - 12:03.


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Posted 16 November 2010 - 12:40

Yum ! Lucky lad. I bet it didn't take him long to figure out that ripping over Skyline is no place to be scratching your nose... :eek: but it looks like that's what he's doing...

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 11:44

The next batch...at Forrest's Elbow.

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#9 Russell Burrows

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 12:33

The next batch...at Forrest's Elbow.

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Kenny Blake.


#10 Russell Burrows

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 12:36

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Tony Hatton on a 650 Norton apparently, Toombsie on the Henderson Matchless, Hindle and Turnbull.

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 12:37

Is that Jack Ahearn on the #11 Kawasaki H1R ? Also posssibles...29 Bill Horsman, 172 Trevor Wood, 69 Keo Madden, 116 Barry Thompson, 55 Tony Hatton, 63 Ron Toombs, 50 Bryan Hindle, 6 Kenny Blake...

Awaiting ther programme owners for further clarification, but that Flying Bedstead sidecar bears further investigation...

Great set of pics, Lynton !

Edited by GD66, 22 November 2010 - 12:38.


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Posted 22 November 2010 - 12:39

Maybe Bryan Payne on the Tranzac sidecar #174.

#13 Russell Burrows

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 13:39

Is that Jack Ahearn on the #11 Kawasaki H1R ? Also posssibles...29 Bill Horsman, 172 Trevor Wood, 69 Keo Madden, 116 Barry Thompson, 55 Tony Hatton, 63 Ron Toombs, 50 Bryan Hindle, 6 Kenny Blake...

Awaiting ther programme owners for further clarification, but that Flying Bedstead sidecar bears further investigation...

Great set of pics, Lynton !



Correct GD, apart from 116 who is one John Simms on a Manx. 24 is John Dunscombe on his Vinnie powered contraption. 12 is John Warrian and 75 Peter Richards.

Edited by Russell Burrows, 22 November 2010 - 14:15.


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Posted 22 November 2010 - 16:30

Maybe Bryan Payne on the Tranzac sidecar #174.


You're not bad at this, Glenn. :up:

16 on the nice looking Manx is someone Ive never heard of, one Fred Huxley. No offence intended if you're out there Fred. Why I wonder did Australian race organisers behave as if there were a shortage of numbers by giving so many riders at the one meeting the same one? :drunk:

Edited by Russell Burrows, 22 November 2010 - 17:07.


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Posted 22 November 2010 - 19:04

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Tony Hatton on a 650 Norton apparently


Same Tony Hatton ?

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Sorry to hijack the thread, this is just to illustrate how two pics taken less than 7 years apart appear be from two different eras....

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 19:59

Lordy lordy look at the frame tube size on that thing - especially thing swingarm.

#17 Russell Burrows

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 20:35

Same Tony Hatton ?

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Sorry to hijack the thread, this is just to illustrate how two pics taken less than 7 years apart appear be from two different eras....


The very same. A Good dirt rider too as well as a sometime travelling marshall at Amaroo .

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 21:09

I had posted this pic a couple of times already but for those who hadn't seen it, I took it at the 1977 Bol d'Or when Tony Hatton was teamed up with Croz .

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 21:28

He'sot a fair fistfull of front brake on there ! Good yarn in the Croz bio about this event... :lol:

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 21:36

Why I wonder did Australian race organisers behave as if there were a shortage of numbers by giving so many riders at the one meeting the same one? :drunk:



They still do that, Russell. Unless there's an overlap of dual applicants in one class, they will give you the race number you apply for. Often when I race in the east, I can get 66 unless Russell Fairbairn turns up, then I get 166 'cos Russell turns up with up to 5 bikes and I only have the one. Wouldn't matter except that we both enter Post-classic 350.


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Posted 23 November 2010 - 12:12

Now late in Friday afternoon's practice.
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Concern for the guys...
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The rider's up and about...
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The swinger's still laying down in the trench beyond...
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Practice continues...
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Sitting up for the travelling marshall
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Enlarged...the calliper's completely gone & the disc is smashed...
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#22 Russell Burrows

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Posted 23 November 2010 - 15:21

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Seems to be in reflective mood...perhaps thinking he should have taken the kids to the Royal Easter Show after all. The programme gives him as Doug McPherson.

Nice shots, Lynton, please keep 'em coming.

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 13:12

Saturday raceday...

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 15:23

Ah, Bayliss, Urqhuardt etc : a good dollop of nostalgia there. And Wallsend's Jack Gates on 6. Didn't he own the CR93 Honda raced by Carruthers in this neck of the woods? I think he later sponsored other blokes too?

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 21:08

He did own Kel's Honda Russell, but I think you may be thinking of Jack Walters in terms of a long-generous sponsor of others. What about Stan Bayliss' passenger in the #30 outfit : involved !
And that small-wheeled #44, is that the kiwi Vic Plummer by chance, mate ? There's a small bell ringing somewhere... :drunk:

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 21:41

This is a re-post of this photo from earlier.... to show how long the brakes were locked on that outfit which hit the embankment.
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You can see the stripe he left...It appears that he locked up out of shot to the right & stayed that way right till he hit.

I distinctly remember an enormous thump as the bike hit the cutting
& then two smaller thuds as the two blokes went in.

All we were thinking at the time was whether they would be able to get up, the noise was that loud.

The big concern was if the bike had gone in last, & hit them.

We were all amazed that within ten minutes they were up & basically OK.

There was a single go into a strainer post on the gate at the kink just below the elbow on the Saturday afternoon.

After he dropped it, the bike was spinning along the road & the rider was cart-wheeling through the air above it.

He hit the post full on & we thought he was a goner, but he walked to the ambulance after about twenty minutes.

What was really irritating was that there was an ambulance stationed about fifty yards further down the straight,
but they stayed put, waiting for the travelling marshal to arrive, make his assessment,
go around the track to the last preceding ambulance & escort it down to the rider, all taking around fifteen minutes.

Couldn't go against the traffic or walk fifty yards up the track to give quick first aid.

Lucky for him he wasn't badly hurt.

You were on your own if you lost it in the wrong place in those days.


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Posted 24 November 2010 - 22:58

He did own Kel's Honda Russell, but I think you may be thinking of Jack Walters in terms of a long-generous sponsor of others. What about Stan Bayliss' passenger in the #30 outfit : involved !
And that small-wheeled #44, is that the kiwi Vic Plummer by chance, mate ? There's a small bell ringing somewhere... :drunk:


Yes, GD, getting my Jack's confused there. 44 is George Heggie, 650 Triumph. Bayliss' passenger is Don Blair, a name that's familiar, perhaps in another context? Vic Plummer was there though, number 63 with a big engined 1135cc Vincent.

Edited by Russell Burrows, 24 November 2010 - 23:04.


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Posted 24 November 2010 - 23:11

This is a re-post of this photo from earlier.... to show how long the brakes were locked on that outfit which hit the embankment.
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You can see the stripe he left...It appears that he locked up out of shot to the right & stayed that way right till he hit.

I distinctly remember an enormous thump as the bike hit the cutting
& then two smaller thuds as the two blokes went in.

All we were thinking at the time was whether they would be able to get up, the noise was that loud.

The big concern was if the bike had gone in last, & hit them.

We were all amazed that within ten minutes they were up & basically OK.

There was a single go into a strainer post on the gate at the kink just below the elbow on the Saturday afternoon.

After he dropped it, the bike was spinning along the road & the rider was cart-wheeling through the air above it.

He hit the post full on & we thought he was a goner, but he walked to the ambulance after about twenty minutes.

What was really irritating was that there was an ambulance stationed about fifty yards further down the straight,
but they stayed put, waiting for the travelling marshal to arrive, make his assessment,
go around the track to the last preceding ambulance & escort it down to the rider, all taking around fifteen minutes.

Couldn't go against the traffic or walk fifty yards up the track to give quick first aid.

Lucky for him he wasn't badly hurt.

You were on your own if you lost it in the wrong place in those days.


The then organisers give proper attention to safety issues ? ...... not as long as they had a hole in their collective arses.

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Posted 26 November 2010 - 23:50

Now the last set from 1970.....all at Forrest's Elbow

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#30 Russell Burrows

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Posted 28 November 2010 - 00:11

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53 is sometime G50/Aermacchi pilot and European campaigner, Jack Saunders.

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Murray Sayle, 14.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 12:21

I had my movie camera with me at Bathurst Easter 1970.

I have explained the circumstances on a thread here:
8mm movie of Australian motorsport 1970 & 1971
http://forums.autosp...howtopic=165331

Here is all the film I ever took at a Bike race meeting.
http://www.youtube.c...ayer_detailpage

I had issues when shooting in Black & White, of patchy quality, & the focus was very ordinary in places.
I was also standing in quite a large crowd at Forrest's Elbow, so there are a lot of heads to put up with.

We were behind a very serious looking group of Bikies wearing leather & denim jackets branded "The RATS".

They were there both days, during which they kept to themselves, as did we,
although we did witness a couple of scraps between the younger blokes in their ranks.

There is an interesting moment when the marshall's sidecar goes by...
he lifted the inside wheel every lap, to the cheers of the mob behind the fence......unforgettable!!