Ron Toombs won an incredible 17 major events at the annual Bathurst races west of Sydney during his illustrious career among other successes in Australia in the late sixties and early seventies. He retired from racing in 1975, then made a comeback at the age of 46 at his favourite track, Mt. Panorama Bathurst, running comfortably in 8th place on his TZ350F until injuries sustained when crashing into a tree claimed his life.
Before I started road racing I used to watch Ron Toombs ride at Oran Park. Back then he rode the Henderson G50 Matchless. He was magic to watch - I remember watching the race between Toombsie and Terry McDonald (G50 Matchless). It was the first time Terry rode Alan Black’s matchless. He won the race by the smallest of margins.