You Can’t Take Flat Track Out of the Racer

You’ve heard the old adage – You can take a boy out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of a boy? Well this is motorcycle racing’s version of that saying. Here Mert Lawwill betrays his flat track roots as he corners his Harley-Davidson foot down in the popular Anglo-American Transatlantic Match Races at Mallory Park in 1973. Following Lawwill is Gary Fisher on Doug Sehl’s Harley-Davidson. Sehl had broken his collarbone and let Fisher borrow his bike. Fisher apparently also had to borrow one of Barry Sheene’s helmets. This photo is another in the series by legendary British photographer Jim Greening.

Mert Lawwill betrays his flat track roots as he corners his Harley-Davidson foot down in the popular Anglo-American Transatlantic Match Races at Mallory Park in 1973. Behind Lawwill is Gary Fisher racing with a helmet borrowed from Barry Sheene. (Jim Greening photo)

Mert Lawwill betrays his flat track roots as he corners his Harley-Davidson foot down in the popular Anglo-American Transatlantic Match Races at Mallory Park in 1973. Behind Lawwill is Gary Fisher racing with a helmet borrowed from Barry Sheene. (Jim Greening photo)

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