the solent city scooter club dave tooley mallory park 1970       

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Thruxton was my first race meeting I was riding my 225 GP in the race I took of the Panels and the front legshields so as not to damage them if I fell off. Needless to say I didn't do that well but it was fun.

The Thruxton meeting saw the first and only outing of Les Raffertys Villiers powered Sidecar.

He made a trip over to Portsmouth to a Motor bike shop run by 2 brothers they had a shed with crates of old bikes still greased up from the 50's they never got rid of them, sadly its gone now and all the old bikes to. Anyway they had a scooter Dayton Albatross with a 250cc Villiers twin cylinder engine.

Les tuned it to the hilt and gave a splendid paint job it looked fabulous in its yellow and blue livery, on the morning of the race the bike was kept under a blanket to keep up the suspense. Finally it was unveiled with a flourish to the gasps of the watching crowd, it raced blew everyone away and was promptly banned for being not in the spirit of scooter racing, a great shame.

dayton albatross sidecar

The Dayton before its paint job

Dayton Wildcat Banned after one race

The Dayton Wildcat at Thruxton




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