Obituary from staugustine.com:
Old timers, racers remember Lyle Bartlam
Lyle Edward Bartlam was a St. Augustine hometoen hero
from 1959 to 1962, a skilled motorcycle racer who won
championships in every division.
Friends around St. Johns County had lost track of him in
recent years, but his fanily said this week that Lyle died
June 6 of colon cancer in Oneonta, Ala.
Bartlam, 64, left a wife, Laura, two daughters and two
His younger brother, David, a social studies tearcher at
Murray Middle School, said he always greatly admired his
much older brother.
"Racing, espcially motorcycle racing, was a popular sport around here back then" David Bartlam said "Lyle delivered telegrams for Western Union on his motorcycle from its old office on George Street, Eventually someone talked him into racing."
And race he did. Walk into Hollingswworth's Harley-Davidson shop on State Road 16 and you can't help but notice all the racing pictures and trophies, many of them featuring Lyle Bartlam.
At 21 years old in 1959, he captured the lightweight and heavyweight motorcycle championships of Florida.
His picture, aboard his Hollingsworth Special Harley was feartured in The Record with the headline, "Local rider claims state road race."
The accompanying copy told of the 10-mile race at speeds of up to 124 mph against 17 other riders in front of 4,000 fans in Gainesville.
Bartlam finished a half-mile ahead of the second-place winner, Dexter Campbell of Orlando.
The Bartlams moved to a house on North Whitney Street, St. Augustine, in the late 1950's.
Lyle worked as a dishwasher at the 48 States Restaurant, across from the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind. The building is an antique store now.
But he wanted to return to East Bank High School in East Bank, W. Va., to Graduate with one of his buddies, Jerry West, the legendary basketball player of the Los Angles Lakers, formerly the Minneapolis Lakers.
His younger sister, Hilda Hunt of St.Augustine, said Lyle was a great big brother.
"I idolized him", Hunt said, "I always thought he was the living end. He'd always go back to the high scholl reunions every year in East Bank. When he raced the motorcycles, though, I was kind of upset."
Bartlam and West had become teammates on the East Bank basketball squad. They graduated in 1956 and kept in touch after that.
Bartlam returned to St. Augustine after serving a hitch in the West Virginia National Guard. He began his career with Western Union, a company he stayed with for 30 years.
At first he delivered telegrams on a bicycle, the he bought a motorcycle from Hollingsworths, located at the time on U.S. 1 North. He retired from Western Union after serving as a general field manager in the Atlana Office.
Record articles about racings back then include many references to the Hollingsworth clan -- J. A. (Limey) Hollingsworth, Jerry, Dennis, Dick, Don and Al-- and their many contributions to motorcyle racing.
David Bartlam said Lyle was always on his Harley.
"When he had a vacation, he'd get on his motorcycle and drive to West Virginia," he said. "I remember him putting me on the back of this bike and running me around when I was little."
Myrtle Hollingworth (sic), 75, owner of the St. Augustine Harley-Davidson dealership, now moved to State Road 16, remembers Lyle Bartlam well.
"He rode one of my motorcycles," she said. "He was a fine, Christion young man."
Richard Hollingsworth -- one of the 5 Hollingsworth boys who raced bikes -- said he was only 10 when Lyle Bartlam was racing for the dealership.
"Right before he died, he came back by," Hollingsworth said.
"He was alway a very kind man, and got along great with us kids. We still have the 165cc racing motor that he used. We're gping to restore it and us it in a display at the store."
The following is fromm ssdi on rootsweb:
LYLE E. BARTLAM
born: 01 Feb 1938
died; 06 un 2002
Last residence: 35121 (Oneonta, Blount //Cout//, AL)
Issued: West Virginia