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72Combat said:
Good post, I must swat up on my Kiwi racers, I see Ginger Malloy from time to time at the club meetings and at the track with his Bulltacos, I'd talk to him but " I'm not worthy"
Saw that Konig replica a few years back at Puke, pretty cool machine.
I should read the book on Crosby as he was pretty amazing in his day too.
I suggest you should have a talk to Ginger. Most of the top guys are OK, they know where you are coming from. He was a C grader once, himself.
 
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wilkey113 said:
You should all really watch this 5 part documentary online. It's quite amazing:

http://www.nzonscreen.com/title/love-sp ... -loss-2007
That is a real heart-breaker, however the reality is that we all die sooner or later. I'm 72 years old and I still think about what could have been, if I'd made different choices. What Kim did would have been the most difficult way to go. The gearbox was separate from the motor on the Konig, and the drive train would always have been a problem. If you want to be at the top, you probably have to have monomania.
 
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wilkey113 said:
You should all really watch this 5 part documentary online. It's quite amazing:

http://www.nzonscreen.com/title/love-sp ... -loss-2007
Bit sad and tragic in the latter stages . Typical overworked and underpaid .
youd sue the medics for criminal negligance , malpractise these days . If you had a buck . :x

didnt hit hard , unless it was at the tarmac point , initially . Probly overtired and just having a rest .
No spinal injuries etc . Bleedy Appalling . Torbays at 3:50 odd , at the beginning . Bleedy houses everywhere these days .
Subdivisions were previously M-X tracks , in the hills . If not bona fide ones . Dont see that theve ' improved ' it at all . :(
 

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acotrel said:
72Combat said:
Good post, I must swat up on my Kiwi racers, I see Ginger Malloy from time to time at the club meetings and at the track with his Bulltacos, I'd talk to him but " I'm not worthy"
Saw that Konig replica a few years back at Puke, pretty cool machine.
I should read the book on Crosby as he was pretty amazing in his day too.
I suggest you should have a talk to Ginger. Most of the top guys are OK, they know where you are coming from. He was a C grader once, himself.

Ginger's one of the good guys.

Ive told this story before but I like it so Ill tell it again.

We are standing in the line at Pukekohe at the Festival to get our helmets inspected and signed off. Im standing talking to the guy in front of me when he suddenly notices Ginger waiting in line just like the rest of us. He goes " What the *****. Im standing in line - in front of the guy who was runner up to Agostini in the 500 World Champs." So they start talking and turns out the guy has a similar bike to one Ginger started on. There are some guys in Classic Racing who do not stand in line like the rest of us and expect everyone to treat them like a god. But Ginger is not one of them - and neither is Peter Williams by the way.

John
 
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John, as you get older you don't have many heros. Finding yourself lying on your back in front of a big crowd a few times , tends to focus your mind. Most of the older guys in classic racing will talk, they've all 'been there, done that'. If you are having a go, they will always respect you - they know the risks.
 
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I was thinking about the video of Kim Newcombe crashing at Stowe Corner. He had previously complained about the corner and wanted hay bales put there - seems he knew very well he had a problem there.. Most of us would still race, however sometimes it is wiser to walk away. It is no wonder Rod Tingate got so upset ( - he was responsible for getting the family home to NZ ).
 
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