Wednesday 23 June 2010

Bartrop, Australian GP, 1939 Model 40 Norton

Contributed by Dennis: "An interesting pic of Bert Bartrop on the line at the Australian GP, Bathurst, Easter 1939. It is his Junior entry, riding number 6. I see in the report of the race that Bartrop was second for 18 laps, then was passed by eventually winner Eddie Wannick, and second man Jim Madsen, both on Nortons and third place man Don Bain on a 495cc OHC Velocette. Bartrop came 4th.

Behind is Harry Hinton on a BSA, number 12... Harry Hinton was known for his Norton exploits and the Hinton Dynasty with Nortons....Sons Eric and Harry Junior (who was killed riding in the Gold Cup event at Imola, Italy, April 1959), then Eric's son Peter....all great riders.

Evocative pic...note the highcrown Cromwell helmet.