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Competitor Profile: Vaughan Coburn

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I started racing in 1972 aged 18 and was "A" grade before my 21st birthday.

I won the 250cc Production race at Bathurst in 1974, my first year there. Between 76 and 78 I was runner up in the Australian Championship in 350 & 500 3 times.

Winning the 350 class of the Marlboro series in 77 beating both Chas Mortimer and Randy Mamola.

I won the Coca Cola International race in New Zealand at Pukekoe on my 350 when John Woodley and Steve Parrish crashed their Suzuki 500s.

I travelled to the UK with my best friend Ken Blake (who was sadly killed at the IoM) on the new "F" model which turned out to be the biggest heap of crap that Yamaha have produced.

I rode a few meetings and became extremely disillusioned with the sport. I rode the North West ‘200’ and was friendly with Tom Herron who was killed there.

My memories of the Isle of Man are very good. I broke down at Ballaugh Bridge and a little old lady asked me to park my bike in her front garden (to stop souvenir hunters). She asked me to sign her autograph book and as you can imagine, the names in her book were basically the history of motorcycle racing.

Anyway I rode for a couple of years back here (half heartedly) my last race being Bathurst 250 GP in 82 where I ran 4th.

I was involved with business and sponsored a rider for a number of years and now we have parties and the older we get the faster we were!!!

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