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G'day Jack and all,

Thanks Jack for for History of Ray Tijou’s mower shop as I remember going past the mower shop in the
seventies and seeing the mower man display and as far as I remember the mower man was a moving display
back then.

The History here is that Ray sold the model one Victa Rotomo ,I've looked at Rotomo collectors in Victoria and
seen many restored Rotomo mowers in their collections and the first thing I asked after seeing the mowers
was do you have any model one Rotomo mowers and the answer was no ,the model one is not believed to
have been sold in Victoria as Victa apparently sold approximately 2000 mowers a month ,the model one was first
advertised around May 1955 then Ray sold Victa mowers in November 1955 ,it's believed when Ray
sold Victa Mowers the numbers already sold were over 10,000.

Just thought this information may be worth mentioning even though the first Rotomo mowers sold by Ray
would have had a lot of the same parts used on the model one but most likely the crank cases were of the
model two variety.


Just one other fact I had wondered about was the tree being cut down with the Rotomo and then
repeated with a later model Victa that in the text says the mower is a 2a but looking at the image
the mower is a model 3.

One other mower display I thought I remembered was a moving neon mower sign ,like the Dandy
Pig sign if anyone remembers that.

Cheers
Max.

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Hi Max

Many thanks for keeping me honest on the MAAS photo
of Ray. I'm not a great 'Victa Spotter'.

I have edited the article to claim the mower is a Model 3.
[I now see it has folding handles].

I'm still not sure about what the first dealers outside NSW
received as their first model Victas.

Cheers
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Jack

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G'day Jack


The only other piece of information I have for Victoria not selling the model one is that people
always said Victa sold more mowers per year than all the other competitors put together and
I thought that would equate to at least 10,000 mowers in 6 months.

The receipt below is 15/9/56 at number 38,952 ,so my 2,000 sold per week may be little on the conservative side.

If i round off to 39,000 divided by 17 months this equals 2294 per month.

I realize this isn't exact as Victa may have sold more mowers in later months than earlier months but just
thought I would share what is believed by some Victorian Victa people until proven otherwise.

Always good to hear any more info though to get a more accurate understanding as I know it's
difficult to prove one way or the other .

Cheers
Max.

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Hi Max

I have full confidence that you want to add to the record.
I thank you for your informed thoughts on this.

I am less happy with collectors who are happy to take
but give little back. They treat me as a mouse.

Max, I still have an open mind, and research is ongoing.
I treat it as a giant jigsaw, and only folks like you
give us a way forward.

Do you have any ideas on when the Model 2 was introduced?

Cheers
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Jack

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G'day Jack

I would think about August 1955 the model 2 crank cases would be out.

7,864 has a model 2 crank case and 6,883 has a model 1 crank case , so somewhere in between would be
the start of the model 2 crank cases ,I'm thinking in the 7,000 range and not the 6,000 range.

The production numbers obviously increase in later years, example 2,500 mowers a week in March 1957.

A few lowish numbered model 2 Rotomo mowers I've seen are 17,420 QLD / 10,219 NSW / 23,899 NSW

In Victoria a Rotomo that was found 25 min or 21 km from 440 Burwood Road, Hawthorn Melbourne (Ray Tijou’s mower shop)
was number 18.056.(see pics below)


Cheers
Max.

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Hi Max

This is invaluable information that would not
be made available without your effort.

Sincere thanks! smile

Yes, I've got a lot to do to gain a bigger picture.

Cheers
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Jack


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