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Cycle News 1971 12 21

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Cooper, Read to Norton? Norton Villiers of Great Britain, makers of Nortons. and AJS, are attempting to ink Phil Read and John Cooper" for the 1972 season reports England's Motor Cycle News. Negotiations are not conf"ll"ffied as yet, but a spokesman for NorVil says the def"mite outcome should be known in the next several weeks. Meanwhile, the British firm has already signed up Frank Perris, former works Suzuki rider, to head the racing portion of the company. Perris was signed last week to become the Competition Manager. Rockwood Iniured BARSTOW, CAL., Dec. 10, 1971 AMA National star Tom Rockwood of Gardena, Calif., was critically injured Monday afternoon while road-testing a new Kawasaki on the open highway near here. Rockwood sustained three fractured vertebras in his back and had internal injuries when his motorcycle apparently landed on top of him during the crash. Upon arrival at the Barstow Community Hospital, Rockwood was reported to have no heart beat and almost no blood pressure. He was revived and is currently listed in critical condition. The young star and son of well-known announcer Roxy Rockwood of BSA{Triumph, was testing the machine about 20 miles east of Barstow when high winds and the subsequent cross-winds blew him off the highway after an oncoming "car had passed. The bike apparently toppled over and landed on Rockwood. His stomach was jarred out of position in the spill and doctors are awaiting to see if other internal injuries develop before they put the Ascot National winner into a body cast.• Only close friends and relatives are able to visit Rockwood, but cards and letters can be sent in care of the Barstow Hospital. It is not known at this time when he will be able to travel to a local hospital in Gardena. His immediate future in racing is not clear, but his father is hopeful that Tom can return to racing before the '72 season is over. Once again snoopy Cycle News captures a historic behind-the-scenes vignette of writer Szilagyi putting the final touch on his swell plod-through-the-past-with-old-motorcycle-mags piece. Good fun on page 7. Photo by Dave Swift. CiCAI.E!NBWS II.......... Ne~spaper

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