Ginger Molloy: The life of a Grand Prix racer 50 years ago, in the October issue – Roadracing World Magazine


Featured in the October 2021 issue of Roadracing World:

When Ginger Molloy decided to become a Grand Prix driver, he polished his Matchless G50, packed a suitcase, filled a toolbox and drove to the local train station. It was January 1963 and Molloy was a tough kid from Huntly, New Zealand, where he worked in the coal mines to earn money and race motorbikes on the road.

After a 10 hour train ride, he arrived at Wellington station, from where he pushed the G50, with a toolbox and suitcase perched on the seat, the mile and a bit to the platforms of Wellington, where he boarded a ship for Southampton, England, a six week trip. When Molloy finally returned home almost a decade later, he was 500cc vice world champion, Grand Prix winner, and was married with three children.

The adventures he had along the way – living on the road like a gypsy, cheating death and dodging and diving to get enough gasoline in his bikes and food in his mouth – would seem likely for a rider too. of modern day MotoGP as racing stories on Mars. They say that history is another country. In this case, it’s another planet …

—MotoGP Analysis: The Life of a Grand Prix Rider 50 Years Ago, by Mat Oxley

When Ginger Molloy finished second in the 1970 500cc World Championship, he lived a very, very different life from today’s MotoGP stars. MotoGP editor-in-chief Mat Oxley examines the difference between top-level racing today and what it was half a century ago in the last issue of The world of road racing!

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