The Golden Hammer - 1980
July 23, 1980.
The sun was out for this one and after heat 3, the meeting had to be held up for ten minutes, allowing the glare to disappear! But still shining at the end of the night was the Belle Vue ace, Chris Morton. Taking home the Hammer, beaten only by Dave Jessup.
The Americans were next, both two points behind with former winner, Scott Autrey beating Kelly Moran in the run-off. At half time, Jessup was unbeaten and had 3 points sewn up in round four, until his engine failed on the run to the flag. Unable to even salvage a point. Unlucky?
John Davis would later say, "It just happens too often."
Mike Lee, riding under the injury cloud produced two wins. And the two KIWIS in the field failed to fly.
Heat 1. Alan Grahame, Penhall, ROSS, SHIRRA.
Chris Morton 14. Scott Autrey 12. Kelly Moran 12. Dave Jessup 11. Bruce Penhall 10. Alan Grahame 9. Mike Lee 9. Hans Nielsen 9. Bobby Schwartz 8. Steve Bastable 7. Erik Gundersen 5. John Davis 4. MITCH SHIRRA 3. Les Collins 3. LARRY ROSS 2. Andy Grahame 2. Res Ila Teromaa dnr. Res Dave Perks dnr
This article was first published on 13th March 2022
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