THE CANADIAN SCENE
ONE OF THE MOST INTERESTING ASPECTS of Canadian motorcycling this year is the amount of participation in overseas international events.
We have to mention Mike Duff first; although he has been over for three years now, he is a Canadian born and trained, but polished by hot international road racing. The fact that he won the 250cc class in a World Championship in Belgium away from Jim Redman, is a sign of his stature, and the fact that he now stands second in the World Championship 350cc class behind Redman, is a feather in his cap indeed.
This Spring Ken King of Hamilton packed up his Manx and headed for the TT, taking in some short circuit races as a training for the Isle of Man. He was not too successful before the Island, but he picked up a bronze replica in the 500cc race, and then decided to tour the "circus". He persevered with the smaller international events until he was well enough known to get starts in some classic events. At the West German G.P. he gained an 11th place in the 500cc and a 13th in the 350cc which is very creditable for his first overseas season.
Now we have a team of four riders entered for the British round of the MotoCross Championships, the Moto-Cross des Nations to run at Hawkstone Park. Norman Braden, who has already ridden a lot of events in Europe is on the team, and also three riders from the West, Reg
Bellerose, Rudi Zacsko and Denis Mitchell from Edmondton. The latter three will make the trip from Alberta for the race, assisted by donations from local enthusiasts, but still having to face a great number of expenses themselves. The arrangement for the Moto-Cross des Nations allows team of from three to five riders, and in each heat the three best count for their country's team score.
Gunter Sauren of Toronto who made quite a name for himself in Europe last year is back in Canada now. Then we have a Canadian with the Army in Europe who has been riding an AJS-Metisse and has three successive wins in events in West German scrambles, and although his stint in the Army ends this fall, he may want to return to the European circuits next year.
Here at home our scramblers showed an unexpected strength in the New England leg of the Challenge Scrambles. Two teams from New England and two from Eastern Canada meet in a two-leg match each year, and previously our success has been increasing but not overtaking the prowess of the American riders. However at Grafton in July, the Canadians dominated the first day's events, but were not at their best on the following day, and the score was evened up considerably, but still left the Canadian teams with a slight edge. Next month we'll give you the final results as the second leg takes place in Ontario in August. Ray Boasman of Hamilton was the star turn, according to all accounts. One U.S. rider was heard to say, "He rides as if there's no tomorrow," a good description of Ray's fighting stvle. The two teams are four each on 250cc and 500cc machines, and the big improvement in Canadian points seemed to come in the 500cc class.
The FTM/AMA/USMC/MICUS situation is still complicated, and it is to be honed that the AMA application to affiliate directly with the FIM, which it will make at the Autumn Congress, can be accepted. The AMA was easing up considerablv on riders in events such as those of the AAMRR; as a matter of fact Jody Nicholas raced with them recently, and quite successfully. However, the word is around, via the Daytona Beach office of NASCAR, that some AAMRR officials have gone back on their promise made to the CMA that they would not affiliate or negotiate with MICUS. Naturally enough the AMA doesn't like to feel that they are being fooled with, and they have re-inforced their susoension rule. My own personal opinion is that the AAMRR mieht have been better to go along with the AMA and support their stand for ^TM affiliation, for the overall final good of international racing in the States.
The CMA office has on file a letter from Lin Kuchler of the AMA stating that the susoension rule does not apply to the friendlv interchange between CMA and AMA riders in their respective countries. so riders who like to cross the border for events will be able to do so. t