I have found that one of the August 1966 copies of Motor Cycle (I think it is August 25th) has a racer test of the Orpin Greeves. I have ordered all the four August 1966 magazines. Once I have these provided I am correct I shall copy the racer test. They were usually performed by Charlie Rous or another rider of the time. and had perfomance data and photos.
Reg Orpin Motorcycles still exists in Goldhark Road in London but I doubt if Reg is still alive. I will phone today to find out. I beleive Reg actually worked at L Stevens (the Velo Fellows) at the time.
Magazine turned up today. The issue with the Orpin Greeves test was 18th August1966. However some interesting facts also from that issue and the 25th August issue.
You will see from the test copied below that this is the Jim Lee framed Silverstone and the test mentions the other Orpin Greeves which was glycol cooled, which is the Orpin Greeves I referred to originally.
I have copied also the photo from the recent classic racer (copywrite Mortons media) of the Jim Lee framed Silverstone which the text says was built for Joe Chapman but qualifies this with the statement that Reg Orpin also commissioned frames fro Velocettes for L Stevens, where at that point Reg worked (Managed). I contacted Reg Orpin Motorcycles in Goldhawk Rd London yesterday and spoke to Reg's daughter. Reg died in 1992 and his daughter was unable to help with further information.
The August 24th issue of Motor Cycle also has two other snippets pertinent to this. The Lightweight 250 cc Race TT entry shows number 45 P J Williams entered on a Greeves and the second snippet from this issue, Racing Lines has a letter from the Manx club to Reg Orpin concerning the entry of ‘works’ bikes in the MGP and the clarification that although they will not be entering machines through his name or L G Stevens they will be manning a service depot in the Island.
Edited by tonyed, 22 December 2012 - 11:58.