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Tom Phillis Remembered: World 125cc Champion 1961

It started with a letter. A personal but well-argued letter written late in 1959 by an Australian racer to the founder a Japanese motorcycle company.
The rider was Tom Phillis, then a private entrant on the …

Australian Double At The ‘Ring

The full 22.8km Nurburgring is daunting. Throw in rain and mist and it’s scary. But forty years ago, it was the venue when, for the first time, two Australian recorded Grand Prix victories at the …

Vale Greg Pretty*

Greg Pretty, the superstar of the 1979 national season, has died in a road accident in the Adelaide Hills.
Pretty, 54, an airline pilot from Enfield (Adelaide), was riding his Honda with a group of friends …

Bob Brown Robbed In Belgium 1957

Picture this. You’re an Australian rider, lining up for your second premier-class works Grand Prix ride – nominated by a four-times world champion. But just minutes before the start, your Italian teammate’s machine has ignition …

Peter Molloy Honoured

One of Peter Molloy’s first bosses told him: “as long as your arse points towards the ground you won’t make a mechanic”. Thankfully for the subsequent history of Australian motor racing, Molloy ignored him.
Otherwise, we …