Sunday, October 5, 2008

Pictures from my Archive…Graham Walker and Rudge

Continuing with another selection from Allan Schafer's literature collection, now in my custody....
Allan Schafer of Grafton, a town in northern NSW, Australia as a young man was a prolific letter writer to overseas motorcycling "greats". This one is a reply to his letter together with an autographed photo, from Graham Walker, a factory Rudge rider, winning the Lightweight TT in 1931 on a Rudge and the photo shows Graham in the paddock at the TT after the 1930 Junior TT in which he finished 3rd on the 350 Rudge. Rudge machines finished 1st,2nd and 3rd in the Junior TT that year.
The gentleman in the hat in the photograph was John V.Pugh, the Managing Director and designer for Rudge in 1930.
Graham's racing career spanned 1920 to 1934 in the IOM. He then is better known as a motorcycle journalist, editing the Temple Press paper "MotorCycling" for many years.
His son, Murray Walker became a well known TV commentator of F1 car races.
The photo is credited at the time to "Sport and General" Press Agency, London.

Left click on the images to enlarge.

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