AHOLA CAPTURES MID-SEASON CROWN
Photos & story by Vic Ebbutt
Before 3160 cbeering, screaming fans, Matchless-mounted Emil Ahola of
Tacoma once again proved that he is king of Graham Speedway.
Challenged by Dave Palmer of
Santa Monica, California, for twenty
grueling laps, Ahola managed to retain the mid-season championship
July 6. He won $200' for first place
in the Expert event.
Close to the rear wheel of Palmer
was Larry Garbe of Vancouver, B.C.,
and in fourtb place was Dallas
Baker of Orange, California. It
seemed as though tbe invaders from
California had been baited temporarily•
There are still two National
Championships, one more midseason flat track championship, two
two-star TT's, one two-star flat
track and one four-star TT yet to be
run in the next nine days. Maybe
the tables will be turned in these
Tbe racing was marred by one
serious accident in the fifth lap of
the Novice Main when Cappy Skeen
of Kirkland was thrown nearly 50
feet in a four bike crash which sent
young Skeen to the hospital. Tbe
race was called at this point by
,AMA Referee Dave Welsh and Dale
Silvey of Auburn was declared tbe
winner with Gene Simon, second,
and John Smitb. third.
The Amateur Main was won handily by Dan Holton of Auburn with a
100 ft. lead over second place Ross
Roberts of Yakima. Third went to
sandy saunders of Tacoma.
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