The Very Popular Norton Motor-Cycel
The Streets of Chinatown At Night
The Chinatown Nuisance Who Was Taught A Tragic Lesson
In the 1960‘s/70’s, the original Singapore Grand Prix was held yearly at the Thomson Road circuit. It drew competitors in both the motor-cycle and racing car races. In the initial years, British -made Triumph and Norton motor-cycles were often seen participating in the Grand Prix. In later years, the professional Japanese motor-cycle teams which were sponsored by the Honda and Yamaha motor-cycle companies outshone the British bikers who were racing as individual owners/enthusiasts.
This did not affect the popularity of Norton and Triumph motor cycles in Singapore. Their engines gave out a very loud powerful roar especially when accelerating. In Chinatown there was a son of a live fish monger who pestered his parents to buy for him a Norton. This good-for-nothing bloke wanted to imitate the Grand Prix racers. But he had neither the skill nor the guts to race in the Grand Prix. . Instead he made a nuisance of himself roaring up and down the streets of Chinatown every night. Many Chinatown residents often could not get to sleep because of the din he created nightly. In particular he took delight in sneaking quietly behind young ladies who were walking along the Chinatown streets and then suddenly rev up hs engine and blasting his horns to scare the hell out of them. The screams of the ladies was his reward for his irritating antics. This went on for about a year.
One night when he was doing his usual rounds in Chinatown, an unknown group of men set upon him and beat him up mercilessly. They left him seriously injured in a drain and his beloved Norton was a total wreck.
After his discharge from the hospital a few weeks later his right arm and leg were paralysed and he was wheel chair bound. He spoke with a slur and had saliva dripping involuntarily from his mouth. These were caused by a brain haemorrhage which resulted in brain damage and paralysis.
In his state he was not able to have any gainful employment-not that he ever worked since leaving school. He became a burden to his aged parents. Those who were unsympathetic said he was a nuisance who got his just dessert. The attack change his life for the worse forever. It was a very pain and life-changing lesson for him.