Frank Camillieri later rode for Boston Cycles as Bradley's teammate and recalls what a phenomena the young Texan was. "I raced some race in Indianapolis before we were teamed. That was the first time I'd seen him. I remember him just being amazingly fast, just broad sliding this big old Triumph, feet up, around the track.
"I was drafting Dick Mann in that race," Bradley's teammate Frank Camillieri remembers. "I was three feet behind him and bikes all around me, top gear, at 155mph. I remember seeing someone go sliding as we went into (turn) one, but I didn't know until later that it was Rusty." After the incident, Camillieri chose to never race at Daytona again.
They did call me and almost got everything correct.
I was at IMP and Jess Thomas, who was working at Cycle Mag, came up to me and asked if I had seen the kid on the Triumph broadsiding a Triumph like he was on dirt. It was Rusty. I had started racing for Boston Cycles in 1965 and we got the H1 in 1970. They gave us one of the few available just for Rusty.He was a really nice kid. WE had a pair of TD3's the year he was killed and he would have won the 250 combined race except for the fact that Freddy and Al couldn't get it started. I was on mine and couldn't help them. They finally got it going but Rusty was way behind. He caught me on the last lap but I don't remember how we finished.
In the 200 I Remember drafting Dick Mann on the first lap and looking at my tach which was 1K over the red line. I was geared for about 145-150 at red line so we were probably doing 155-160 and I was thinking it was way to fast to be drafting that close. That was when I decided I didn't want to race there anymore. On the second lap a good friend fell off right in front of me and laid there for a few laps. I didn't know that the first guy that fell was Rusty but I knew my friend wasn't moving. That's not a good thing to have in your mind when you're racing. I sort of retired for the next 25 years and then Coy gave me a ride on his TD1 at the 20th reunion of the 1967 Canadian GP at Mosport. And now here I am at 68 racing old bikes...and having a great time.
frank, that all reminds me. i have a magazine ad for you. its a yamaha ad with a pic of yvonne. it goes down the list of records yamaha set that year. and youre mentioned. i bought it on ebay. its near perfect.
i should make a frame for it for you, but defnitely the next time i see you ill have it. i wanted to mail it up, but it needs a tube.
its also interesting to me that alot of the names i see in old articles and ads are the same names i see racing still. shackleford, we race with a guy named doug shackleford. also, carl runion. the kurt liebman stuff is cool too. and chris had ed labelles trailer!