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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 12, Issue 2 (May 1, 1937)

Our Foremost Motor Cyclist

Our Foremost Motor Cyclist.

Harry Mangham retains his place as New Zealand's foremost motor-cyclist on a grass track. Competing at Napier Park a few weeks ago he won the New Zealand middleweight championship over seven laps of the racecourse, with an average speed of 62 m.p.h.

Mangham is a worthy successor to “Cannonball” Percy Coleman, who used to “bark” the skin off his knuckles by riding close to the rails about eighteen years ago.

The advent of speedway racing threatened extinction for grass-track racing, but there seems to be a swing toward the sport which flourished in the days immediately following the Great War.

Coleman and Whitehead were stars of the first degree, and those who saw them handling their machines—and the frames were not specially built for racing—will never forget the thrills they supplied.