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Bathurst 1974 – 1975 with Phil Aynsley

As a bit of a blast from the far distant past here are some images taken over the years at Bathurst. Please bare in mind that the vast majority of these (prior to 1990) are not only from my pre professional days but have been scanned from rather old transparencies! I certainly wasn’t there every year but often enough that I hope you get the feel of the occasion that was Bathurst!

Apart from the riders and their bikes, it is a bit of an eye opener to see what the track was like in the mid ‘70s and how it evolved over the decades.

1974

Bob Levy/Mal Byrne. The Shellwedge 900 was a radical looking outfit at the time!
Bob Levy/Mal Byrne. The Shellwedge 900 was a radical looking outfit at the time!
Steve Bayliss/Graeme McGregor. Honda 1000.
Steve Bayliss/Graeme McGregor. Honda 1000.
Dennis Skinner/Bob Curnow. Laverda 1000.
Dennis Skinner/Bob Curnow. Laverda 1000.
Gregg Hansford. Yamaha TZ750.
Gregg Hansford. Yamaha TZ750.
The finish of an epic duel. Warren Willing/Yamaha TZ750 leads Gregg Hansford/Yamaha TZ750 a few yards short of the finish of the Unlimited GP.
The finish of an epic duel. Warren Willing/Yamaha TZ750 leads Gregg Hansford/Yamaha TZ750 a few yards short of the finish of the Unlimited GP.
Winner Warren Willing, 3rd place Ron Toombs, 2nd Gregg Hansford.
Winner Warren Willing, 3rd place Ron Toombs, 2nd Gregg Hansford.

1975

Early morning view from the top of the mountain. Bathurst 1975.
Early morning view from the top of the mountain. Bathurst 1975.
Spectator bikes lined up behind McPhillamy Park.
Spectator bikes lined up behind McPhillamy Park.
Traveling marshalls normally used the very latest model bikes. Here the Ducati 860GT.
Traveling marshalls normally used the very latest model bikes. Here the Ducati 860GT.
And here the Suzuki RE5.
And here the Suzuki RE5.
Ken Blake/Yamaha TZ750.
Ken Blake/Yamaha TZ750.
Ron Toombs/Kawasaki H2R 750.
Ron Toombs/Kawasaki H2R 750.
Murray Sayle/Kawasaki H2R 750.
Murray Sayle/Kawasaki H2R 750.
Ron Toombs/Kawasaki H2R 750 chases Ken Blake/Yamaha TZ750 at Forrest’s Elbow.
Ron Toombs/Kawasaki H2R 750 chases Ken Blake/Yamaha TZ750 at Forrest’s Elbow.
Ken Blake/Yamaha TZ750 chases Laurie Barnett/Yamaha TZ750 at the entrance to Forrest’s Elbow.
Ken Blake/Yamaha TZ750 chases Laurie Barnett/Yamaha TZ750 at the entrance to Forrest’s Elbow.
Ken Blake mounted on the contentious Ducati 860SS won the 20 lap Production race by the length of Conrod Straight after being last away at the start.
Ken Blake mounted on the contentious Ducati 860SS won the 20 lap Production race by the length of Conrod Straight after being last away at the start.

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