Saturday, June 6, 2020

A second look at Maurie Pearson's mid 1950's photo albums... #2

As I said before, I've much more left in my archive to use...however this Covid-19 lock-down is as good a reason as any to continue.... Maurie Pearson was a motorcycle enthusiast living in Sydney who passed away some years back at a good age...I'd know him for many years and often wondered about any motorcycle photos he may have had.. I never followed it up, but fate dealt me a good blow when I was offered two volumes of the large photo albums he had made up, mostly from the period 1954 to around 1960 and I suspect the photos were purchased over the years from the publishers of "Motorcycling in NSW".  Some 100 pages or so with often 4 or 5 pics on each page they are a treasure trove I'm about to share with you, but not in any order. Dare I say it again...yes.... If you capture a photo for your use, please credit Maurie Pearson as the owner of same...
What have I this time for you?  H'm, I've posted some of these on a Facebook site... never mind..
 Well have some sidecars at Bathurst  & some solos at Bathurst 1957, 1958...
So again, that said, coffee in hand, scroll through this offering...
 Bob Mitchell.....
 Jack Ehret.....Bathurst 1958
 Sandy McCrea.....
 Orrie Salter...

3rd Junior, Keo Madden
 Barry Green...
Johnny Shanks...
Ken Rumble... 
 D.Cameron, 1957 Bathurst...
 Jack Jowett, 1957 Bathurst...
 Barry Hodgkinson...1957 Bathurst, Travelling Marshall...
 Bert Bayliss, 1957 Bathurst...
Start of the 1957 Junior TT, Bathurst...
 Start 1957 Bathurst practice...
 Junior TT, 1958, lower "esses"...

Typical list of title & good riders mid 1950's....

 

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

A look at Maurie Pearson's mid 1950's photo albums of motorcycle racing in NSW...

I don't really need an excuse to start posting on my Velobanjogent webblog as I've much more left in my archive to use...however this Coronavirus19 lock-down is as good a reason as any....
Maurie Pearson was a motorcycle enthusiast living in Sydney who passed away some years back at a good age...I'd know him for many years and often wondered about any motorcycle photos he may have had.. I never followed it up, but fate dealt me a good blow when I was offered two volumes of the large photo albums he had made up, mostly from the period 1954 to around 1960 and I suspect the photos were purchased over the years from the publishers of "Motorcycling in NSW". 
Some 100 pages or so with often 4 or 5 pics on each page they are a treasure trove I'm about to share with you, but not in any order.
Dare I say it again...yes.... If you capture a photo for your use, please credit Maurie Pearson as the owner of same...
So, being a Velocette man, I'll start with some Velocette photos...
That said, coffee in hand, scroll through this offering...


  #30 Sid Willis, Smith frame, 1936 DOHC 350 works Velo cylinder head & cambox, converted by Sid to 250cc, 74mm bore  x 58mm stroke, Bathurst 1954
 
Bathurst 1955, Junior TT, Gavin Campbell #48 KTT Velo
 Bathurst 1955, Junior TT, Keith Conley #3, KTT Velo 3rd in Junior GP
 Bathurst 1955, Senior "Clubmans A" TT, #2 supposedly Allen Hart,but listed as #19.


 Bathurst 1956, Junior TT, Bryan Lemon #47 KTT Velo, 3rd placed.
Ken ( Wimpy) Nelson, 500 Velo outfit #122

Start Bathurst 1955, Senior "Clubmans B" TT, #6 Don K Wilson 500 OHV Velo. 
Bathurst 1957, Junior "Clubmans B"..#36 Bert Bayliss, 350 Velo

Bathurst 1958, Junior "Clubmans A"..#181 Ted Oberg, 350 Velo

Bathurst 1958, Junior "Clubmans B"..#19 Neil Swanson, 350 Velo.1st place.



 Bathurst 1958, Lwt TT..#45 Sid Willis 250 DOHC Velo,3rd place. cylinder head & cambox from a 1936 works 350 DOHC Velocette.

Mt.Druitt,08.12.57, International GP..Ted Oberg 1st place Junior Div.2, 2nd place in Senior Division 2...Velo


 Mt.Druitt,14.10.1956, R.Perrott, 1st Junior Clubmans div.1  Velo MAC

 Mt.Druitt,16.03.1958,Sid Willis #45 .. 250 DOHC, Velo, using an ex factory post WW2 factory 350 DOHC head & cambox. Sid had examples of both the pre & post WW2 factory DOHC setups.

Mt.Druitt,17.06.1957 NSW TT, J.Murphy 1st Junior "Clubmans B" on a MAC Velocette...the rocker box is cut-away to allow the use of hairpin valve springs.  

Mt.Druitt,17.06.1957 NSW TT, Lwt,  Sid Willis #45 DOHC Velocette & Jack Ahearn #2 NSU Sportsmax




 

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Merry christmas from The Velobanjogent and a look at some pix of Dennis Fry, Manx Norton racer, Velocette buff , IOM TT racer and co-rider with me on my Velocette Venom Thruxton in the 1971 Castrol 1000 6 hour race...

Dennis Fry is an over 80 year old Sydney motorcyclist who has spent his life riding Velocettes and racing Nortons.
His racing career saw him ride in many circuits in Eastern Australia including Bathurst and then in early 1960's he spent time in the UK, racing in the IOM TT in 1962, 1963, 1964.
When historic racing started in earnest in Sydney in 1976 Dennis concentrated in this field of racing. 
So lets have a look at a few photos I have through his career...
  


Dennis Fry, Gold Star BSA, Mt. Druitt circuit west of Sydney 1954

 Dennis Fry swings as passenger for Orrie Salter Mt Druitt circuit, west of Sydney, 1954


 Dennis Fry, mk.2 KSS Velocette, Bathurst TT, Easter 1955


 Orrie Salter with Dennis Fry in the chair, Mt Druitt circuit, west of Sydney  1956

 Dennis Fry, Mt.Druitt circuit, western Sydney,07.10.1957


 Dennis Fry, Bathurst, Easter 1959

Dennis Fry 350cc Junior  IOM TT 1962 29th place

 DF in 1962 Senior TT
 DF in 1962 Senior TT



1963 Senior TT

 12-6-1963 Dennis Fry on #41 & Billy Nelson on #42 350cc Junior IOM TT







1964 Senior IOM TT


 Dennis Fry crashes at Quarter Bridge, 1964 IOM TT
Dennis Fry,1964 Senior TT,Quarter Bridge, "The MotorCycle" 11.06.1964 
Dennis Fry, West German GP, Solitude 1964


Dennis Fry sits at the back in the pits with DQs Velocette Thruxton during practice for the 1971 Castrol 6 Hour Race at amaroo Park.




 Dennis Fry, DQs co-rider, 1967 Velocette Venom Thruxton, 1971 Castrol 6 hour race.

  Hume Weir circuit on Victoria/NSW border, #88 Dennis Fry, #4 Ron Angel, 26.01.1964


 Dennis Fry, Oran Park circuit, south of Sydney 1970

 Dennis Fry, pushes off Feature race, Oran Park circuit south of Sydney, mid 1972

  DF at Bathurst circuit for the Historic Feature race, Easter 1978
 DF, Amaroo Park circuit, north of Sydney early 1979.
Dennis Frys KTT in 350 Manx rolling chassis, Amaroo Park November 1976
2005... 100 years of Velocette week long rally held at Richmond, NSW ...DF changes a plug on his recalcitrant starting Velocette...
2005... 100 years of Velocette week long rally held at Richmond, NSW ...Alan Burt in wheelchair, Roly Walker to left, John Herrick centre & Dennis Fry to the right...
 Olav Hassell Velo Ride, Sydney area,  Aug.2008 -Olav from Los Angeles with Dennis Fry & his 1947 KSS owned forever.
Dennis Fry with one of his KSS mk.2 Velocettes...pic in mid 2009 on a Velocette ride...  
2011 Nat.Australian Velo Rally, Toowoomba, 11.10.2011 TT carb. equiped & other quaint mods-Dennis Fry.
Same 2011 VOCA Nat.Rally.... Drew Duncan & Dennis Fry..
 At the 2012 VOCA Nat. Velocette Rally in Bundanoon, NSW, Dennis Fry is re-united with the 1971 6 hour race Thruxton Velocette..
 During the 2012 Bundanoon Rally, one of the rides took us to the HARS airport, Albion Park south of Sydney where there is a Lockheed Super Constellation aircraft in QANTAS livery... and Dennis Fry was a sheet metal worker for QANTAS and worked on this aircraft type.
 Dennis fry outside the hanger of the Super Connie during the Rally.....
Dennis Fry in his workshop, late 2018...likely leaning on his 1947 mk.2 KSS Velocette