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#101 td1racer

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 08:52

Hi All,

Richard Tracy here, from the sunny south of England :lol: Still a youngster at approaching 38 years... and been into bikes and racing as long as I remember... and I've been restoring them ever since...

I have a keen interest in most makes of bikes but particularly the early 2 stroke Yamaha's of which I have many From YDS1's, YDS2's, RD's, TD1's, TD2's, TZ's etc. Currently I have a few interesting racing machines which get taken out and "paraded"..... many of you may have seen/heard the 1974 ex-Kenny Roberts 250cc bike about.

Had a go at classic racing in the early 90's on a Fahron TD1B and soon learnt how to rebuild the engines/clutches/gearboxes etc....! Also did a couple sprint races, best was a 2nd at Ramsey IOM on an FZR400RR.

As a job, I manufacture clutch plates (from standard spec, race spec, Kevlar, to bespoke one-offs) and replica parts for classic road and race bikes. see website www.ravemotorsport.com where we have a growing inventory of true "replica" parts, that actually look like the original parts, rather than just fit and work. Plus we also have a large stock of parts for the road going vintage Yamahas such as YDS2's & YDS3's etc, and of course our specialist clutch plates.

But the latest project is that we have just taken over the tooling, plans & rights to manufacture Armstrong Motorcycles. So, we intend manufacture a batch of the 1980's 250 & 350 tandem twin 2 stroke machines eligible for Post Classic racing - with our own Armstrong engines.

Also, the plan is to run a team next year in ICGP & CRMC & MGP Post Classic on the development machines.

Thats about it from me....

All the best,

Richard







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#102 picblanc

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 18:47

Hi All,

Richard Tracy here, from the sunny south of England :lol: Still a youngster at approaching 38 years... and been into bikes and racing as long as I remember... and I've been restoring them ever since...

I have a keen interest in most makes of bikes but particularly the early 2 stroke Yamaha's of which I have many From YDS1's, YDS2's, RD's, TD1's, TD2's, TZ's etc. Currently I have a few interesting racing machines which get taken out and "paraded"..... many of you may have seen/heard the 1974 ex-Kenny Roberts 250cc bike about.

Had a go at classic racing in the early 90's on a Fahron TD1B and soon learnt how to rebuild the engines/clutches/gearboxes etc....! Also did a couple sprint races, best was a 2nd at Ramsey IOM on an FZR400RR.

As a job, I manufacture clutch plates (from standard spec, race spec, Kevlar, to bespoke one-offs) and replica parts for classic road and race bikes. see website www.ravemotorsport.com where we have a growing inventory of true "replica" parts, that actually look like the original parts, rather than just fit and work. Plus we also have a large stock of parts for the road going vintage Yamahas such as YDS2's & YDS3's etc, and of course our specialist clutch plates.

But the latest project is that we have just taken over the tooling, plans & rights to manufacture Armstrong Motorcycles. So, we intend manufacture a batch of the 1980's 250 & 350 tandem twin 2 stroke machines eligible for Post Classic racing - with our own Armstrong engines.

Also, the plan is to run a team next year in ICGP & CRMC & MGP Post Classic on the development machines.

Thats about it from me....

All the best,

Richard


Bring it on Richard!! maybe get old MacKenzie & or Donnie McLeod to race em!!? :clap:

#103 td1racer

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Posted 19 September 2009 - 10:40

Bring it on Richard!! maybe get old MacKenzie & or Donnie McLeod to race em!!? :clap:


Well, funny you say that Graham..... I've been in contact with Niall and he's hopefully coming along to parade one of the bikes at our "official" relaunch at the VMCC 1000 bikes festival at Mallory next July....




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Posted 23 September 2009 - 01:54

Hi All,

Richard Tracy here, from the sunny south of England :lol: Still a youngster at approaching 38 years... and been into bikes and racing as long as I remember... and I've been restoring them ever since...

I have a keen interest in most makes of bikes but particularly the early 2 stroke Yamaha's of which I have many From YDS1's, YDS2's, RD's, TD1's, TD2's, TZ's etc. Currently I have a few interesting racing machines which get taken out and "paraded"..... many of you may have seen/heard the 1974 ex-Kenny Roberts 250cc bike about.

Had a go at classic racing in the early 90's on a Fahron TD1B and soon learnt how to rebuild the engines/clutches/gearboxes etc....! Also did a couple sprint races, best was a 2nd at Ramsey IOM on an FZR400RR.

As a job, I manufacture clutch plates (from standard spec, race spec, Kevlar, to bespoke one-offs) and replica parts for classic road and race bikes. see website www.ravemotorsport.com where we have a growing inventory of true "replica" parts, that actually look like the original parts, rather than just fit and work. Plus we also have a large stock of parts for the road going vintage Yamahas such as YDS2's & YDS3's etc, and of course our specialist clutch plates.

But the latest project is that we have just taken over the tooling, plans & rights to manufacture Armstrong Motorcycles. So, we intend manufacture a batch of the 1980's 250 & 350 tandem twin 2 stroke machines eligible for Post Classic racing - with our own Armstrong engines.

Also, the plan is to run a team next year in ICGP & CRMC & MGP Post Classic on the development machines.

Thats about it from me....

All the best,

Richard



Hi Richard :wave:

Getting the Armstongs racing again is brilliant and good luck with the new ones. It sounds really exciting :clap: well done!


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Posted 23 September 2009 - 03:19

Well, funny you say that Graham..... I've been in contact with Niall and he's hopefully coming along to parade one of the bikes at our "official" relaunch at the VMCC 1000 bikes festival at Mallory next July....

Good luck with the project.
Fly me to Mallory and i will ride one. LOL

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 08:24

Good luck with the project.
Fly me to Mallory and i will ride one. LOL


:up: :up: Bloody good idea Jeff, especially as you were the one that achieved the best results out of everyone on the steel framed bikes!!

Better still, get a bike flown over here for you to ride! :D


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Posted 23 September 2009 - 08:38

Good luck with the project.
Fly me to Mallory and i will ride one. LOL


I'll second that :up: Bring it on :clap:

#108 Ray Oldam

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Posted 13 October 2009 - 20:10

Hi Richard!

Didn't see you had put your details on here - welcome aboard!

So that's what you meant when you said you were working on some 'other projects' - what a cracking idea!! Best of luck with the bringing the Armstrongs back to life, and look forward to seeing them in the metal soon. Keep us updated on how you are getting on.

Say hi to Marty Lunde and Mark Lucock when you next see them - hope they are well.

All the best.

Ray :wave:



#109 dixie

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 09:54

Hi, :wave:
I guess I'd better introduce myself. My name is Michael Dix. Started racing in 1967 on a Greeves Silverstone which had 5 gears and 4 neutrals. I also raced an absolutely bog standard Bonneville'a few times, in 1967. I later aquired an ex Dereck Chatterton Chat Yamaha which I raced until 1969. Took a break in 1970 &1971 and then raced a 125 Yamaha until 1974. I'm now fast approaching retirement age(next month). I still go to the occasional meeting,as a spectator, once in a while,but prefered the days when we had proper racing bikes.

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 12:33

Hi there , and again welcome , I also prefer proper race bikes , and get my kicks out of classic racing with the CMRC , you must come along , you'll get addicted ( with a bit of luck ) ....................it's like you've never been away :love: :love: :up: :up: :wave:

#111 Alberto Pires

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Posted 02 December 2009 - 18:53

Hello,

My name is Alberto Pires and I am a teacher of image and communication and journalist in a motorcycle magazine. I like growing old motorcycle racing, and that is why I attend this forum.
Regards
Alberto

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Posted 03 December 2009 - 22:43

Hello,

My name is Alberto Pires and I am a teacher of image and communication and journalist in a motorcycle magazine. I like growing old motorcycle racing, and that is why I attend this forum.
Regards
Alberto




Welcome Alberto! :wave: Hope you enjoy photos and friendship :clap:


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#113 MickJones

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Posted 10 December 2009 - 13:44

Hi all, been lurking for a while and keep seeing referances to old friends so i signed up. I did 11 seasons, 73-83 on a whole bunch of bikes, Bantam 125 (gotta start somewhere), Greeves Silverstone, 350 Bultaco TSS, Proddie 250 RD and X7, TZ250 and F1 Kwacker at club, national and the odd home international. Won a couple of club championships and good results in others, i love nostalgia and try to keep in touch as much as possible, great forum, keep it up.

#114 fil2.8

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Posted 10 December 2009 - 15:40

Hi , Mick :wave: and welcome to you , I note you've been lurking for a while :rolleyes: , and after all that you still decided to sign up !!! :lol: :lol:
You'll get used to the ' fun ' after a bit :yawnface:

#115 Steve O'Brien

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Posted 10 December 2009 - 21:02

Hi all its took me a while but here goes.....56 years old from Liverpool, I got involved in motorsport through my dad Harry O'Brien who raced cars in the sixties I could never afford that so I ended up on bikes, I started sand racing on Ainsdale beach in 1975 on a Greeves Griffon 380 I thought it was so fast untill I got on the back straight and everyone went past like Id stopped, bought a new 250 kx and started to win the odd race I did a few moto x race's and started the tarmac on Baitings Dam hill climb on a Montesa 414 mx bike with road wheels on it, I did a swop with that for a Vic Camp 250 Suzuki at the end of 84 and started track racing in 1985 at Three Sisters wish I still had that little bike loved it, by the end of 86 I held the lap record at Three Sisters not much could beat it round there I even managed to beat Bill Swallow on his 500 Matchless, about 1990 I bought a GSXR 750 did the manx in 91 and was lying 4th in the newcomers race when I hit the wall at Mayhill I had another go in 92 and managed not to hit anything I also did the Oulton Pk rounds of the MCN SUPERBIKE race's but I only made the numbers up I packed in racing for a few years after a couple on bad off's but bought a NC30 Honda for a bit of fun but you know how it goes the bug bit again and before I new it I had spent thousands on it but it was bloody quick, 2006 was my last rear and I won the Aintree 500cc forgottern era championship and thats about it from me

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 16:48

Well, a great big welcome to you Steve. I don´t think I´ve ever said hallo to anyone who´s hit the wall at May Hill before. :eek: :lol: :wave:

#117 Steve O'Brien

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Posted 29 December 2009 - 10:16

Well, a great big welcome to you Steve. I don´t think I´ve ever said hallo to anyone who´s hit the wall at May Hill before. :eek: :lol: :wave:


Cheers mate I was lucky there got away with a a few broken ribs, the medics banged a coller on me and had me off tho Ramsey hosp before I new what was going on, I managed to bluff my way onto the grid for the senior on the friday bit sore but finished the race :stoned:.

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 18:22

Hi all :wave:

I've been a lurker in the Nostalgia Section and have been impressed with the knowledge and experience here.

I'm 50 years old, Canadian working in the Middle East. While I've never raced myself, I've been a longtime motorcycle nut and race fan, starting with the DeCoster era in motocross, before becoming interested in roadracing during the Roberts era.

I'm also a fan of Formula 1, my first GP viewing occured in 1979, when CBS (American TV), needing something to fill the air time, switched to the French GP in Dijon, where I watched the Villeneuve-Arnoux tussle. I was hooked! It's a shame modern F1 seems to lack the same verve.

But I'm interested in all eras of racing :)

#119 fil2.8

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 19:50

Hi Orson :wave: hope your'e well ( s ) , welcome to the forum :up: , visit us often , and also , take part often

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 17:05

Hi ,

My name is Bill Thornton and I originally hail from Birkenhead. I am 62 yrs Old so I did manage to see some of the greats ride in the past . I think the modern racing bikes are far to sophisticated to be of any real interest to practicing engineers and are dominated by computer designs which optimise the performance to the point where the engines that can win pretty well all have to be of the same basic layout. I have no doubt that they are fabulous in every way except variety, but they just don't thrill me anymore.

I remember the days when the TT races were a feast of differing technologies and the European Multi cylinders and East German and Spanish strokers all added to the mix.

I started motorcycling on a little Gilera 125 Sei Giorni Special ,remember them?, they were imported by Pride & Clarke who also sold Panthers if I remember right. I progressed on to a Dommi 88, and a friend of mine, Gordon Barnard who was sand racing a ZB goldie at the time said he wouldn't mind having a go at road racing if he could get a bike .So being more interested in the engineering than the riding (he was a bloody site quicker than me anyway) I offered to convert the 125 gilera into a little club racer if he helped with the cost .
I am afraid I never took any pictures of it in race trim only a picture of me sitting on it when it was brand new. Anyway I stripped off all the road gear, bought a set of WM2's and KR triangulars, made up some rear sets and changed the exhaust for a "mega" and fitted an 1 1/8 " amal carburettor. I think I ground the backs off the cams as well with a tool post grinding attachment. All this mecking about had it revving to 10,000 on the "Krober" Mean time "Barny" had bought a Ford thames van off Bill Smith.I think it belonged to one the the Aussie Jacks either Findlay or Ahearn .Maybe someone remembers one of them running a blue Ford Thames van with BP stickers on the doors.
The gilly was not in the slightest bit competitive ,I think we got it going as fast as a really tired bultaco but we had great fun and its the taking part that matters. It also sounded fantastic amongst all those rinky tink 2 strokes,( just like a mini Manx).Barny eventually went to sea with the Blue funnel line and that era was over.
I was in the market for a featherbed frame and answered an advert in West Kirby and it turned out to be Des Founds we got to talking, as you do, and it turned out he had an almost complete Rumble Chassis and was looking for someone to help him finish it off and passenger for him. I am not sure which was the greater lure for me-- the chance to help build a racing outfit or the thought of actually getting the leathers on myself!. Anyway we duly got it all together and entered a few meetings.I think my first race was up at Darley Moor and practice went off quite well, Me liesurely clambering about the chair with all the time in the world.When the flag dropped Des gave it some stick and I got out for the left kink of the chicane and nearly fell out as Des threw the out fit to the right
luckily he grabbed the back of my leathers and dragged me back on board .I quickly gathered that timing is of the essence when monkeying a chair. get it right and the g forces are all neutral, bit late and your arms are being pulled out of their sockets.
I think I enjoyed Oulton and Mallory the most although Aintree was great for seeing the relative speeds of outfits I remember us being passed by the Hardy Brothers on their Imp powered outfit like we were going shopping and the 180 deg bend at the end of the straight could be amusing.
I did a few seasons with Des and got a national licence then something (finances?) put an end to the show for a while .I chaired for
John Swindlehurst at a national meeting on the full circuit at Cadwell on one occasion I think John was a friend of Bill Curry at the time and had a very quick up and down Norton crank,Triumph cases ,Weslake head engine which was a lot faster than Des's outfit.
Unfortunately a feed pipe from the oil tank broke after about 3 laps so all that way overnight to Louth for nothing.
I also worked on and raced another outfit with Kenny Darlington.There were quite a few sidecar Crews based in the Wirral in those days.
I emigrated to South Wales to take up a job and lost track of all that scene but I still used to get over to the Isle of Man. and was lucky to see Mr Hailwood wrestling the 500 4 through Union Mills .A sight I will never forget. Ive just recently bought and renovated a CB400N ,I don't see myself on a H.D. somehow .So I am back on 2 wheels after 20 yrs and loving it.


WILT


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Posted 26 January 2010 - 18:32

Great story,Bill,
Welcome to the OFC
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Posted 26 January 2010 - 18:39

Good opening post, Bill - welcome from me too.

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 18:46

Good post , Bill :up: welcome from me also

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 22:44

Thanks Guys,

I've just remembered another piece of trivia ,I started work as an apprentice tool maker at a place called Helsby Barnes (famous for the Helsby Barnes Patent Quick Release Chuck,NOT) and one of the older workers was a K.Arthur who turned up with a flourish every day on his immaculate Blue and White Bonneville. He went on to monkey for some of the best known sidecar racers in the world.

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 00:12

Thanks Guys,

I've just remembered another piece of trivia ,I started work as an apprentice tool maker at a place called Helsby Barnes (famous for the Helsby Barnes Patent Quick Release Chuck,NOT) and one of the older workers was a K.Arthur who turned up with a flourish every day on his immaculate Blue and White Bonneville. He went on to monkey for some of the best known sidecar racers in the world.

WILT


What a good piece of trivia that is :up: !! Kenny Arthur , what a star

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 23:18

Ive just remembered another racing anecdote ,its not that dramatic but may be of some interest .

I did not mention in the other post that the job I left Birkenhead for was to become in charge of BBC Wales Mechanical Workshops and thereby hangs this tale.

In 1978 a Producer in BBC Wales making a feature film called R.E.J. which was to do with a motor cycle Registration No and a family
racing in the TT. The film editor ,Chris Lawrence, said he wanted to cut in some live road action and I was approached to facilitate this happening. It was decided that the footage could be obtained by attaching a camera to one of the travelling marshall's bikes.

I found out that that year the marshalls had been allocated Honda CX 500's which were new or new_ish .I had the problem of designing a camera mount that could be readily fitted at the trackside and would not scratch the paintwork on what were 2 brand new CX 500's ( the one we borrowed form a Cardiff dealer and the one supplied to the travelling marshall) I ended up making a sort of foam backed breastplate that fitted the tank with legs that picked up some engine mounting points ,I forget the details, if I can find the photos I'll post them.

I had planned to take my annual trip to the Island any way so offered my services as a grip .It was arranged that I would fit the camera mount to the travelling Marshalls bike at Ballacraine and was given a Photographers Pass to facilitate track access and here's the proof .Ive kept this in my wallet for over thirty years and its staying there.

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 23:10

Ive just remembered another racing anecdote ,its not that dramatic but may be of some interest .

I did not mention in the other post that the job I left Birkenhead for was to become in charge of BBC Wales Mechanical Workshops and thereby hangs this tale.

In 1978 a Producer in BBC Wales making a feature film called R.E.J. which was to do with a motor cycle Registration No and a family
racing in the TT. The film editor ,Chris Lawrence, said he wanted to cut in some live road action and I was approached to facilitate this happening. It was decided that the footage could be obtained by attaching a camera to one of the travelling marshall's bikes.

I found out that that year the marshalls had been allocated Honda CX 500's which were new or new_ish .I had the problem of designing a camera mount that could be readily fitted at the trackside and would not scratch the paintwork on what were 2 brand new CX 500's ( the one we borrowed form a Cardiff dealer and the one supplied to the travelling marshall) I ended up making a sort of foam backed breastplate that fitted the tank with legs that picked up some engine mounting points ,I forget the details, if I can find the photos I'll post them.

I had planned to take my annual trip to the Island any way so offered my services as a grip .It was arranged that I would fit the camera mount to the travelling Marshalls bike at Ballacraine and was given a Photographers Pass to facilitate track access and here's the proof .Ive kept this in my wallet for over thirty years and its staying there.

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Nice contemporary beard.I had a similar fungus around that time.Good stories mate.
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Posted 05 February 2010 - 23:18

Nice contemporary beard.I had a similar fungus around that time.Good stories mate.
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Ive still got it although its "bleached " somewhat !

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 23:00

Ive still got it although its "bleached " somewhat !




Great stuff WILT, welcome to the forum, my old man used to live in Birknhead in the 30s, I remember the shipyards in the 60s at Grannies funeral! :rolleyes:



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Posted 02 April 2010 - 12:25

Hello everybody.
I’m Paul, from the lower echelons of motorcycle racing ie club interspersed with a few national events, Crystal Palace, Brands etc. even got to Mondello Park in 1970.
I only managed to do six to eight meetings a year between 1966 and 1972 - shoestring racer, and enjoyed every meeting and met a lot of very nice people along the way.
Nowadays I get my two wheel fix with my hobby of photography by going to track or test days at Castle Combe, Brands and Silverstone.
Look forward to trying to identify some of the photo’s posted and reading more of peoples anecdotes.


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Posted 02 April 2010 - 19:53

Hello everybody.
I’m Paul, from the lower echelons of motorcycle racing ie club interspersed with a few national events, Crystal Palace, Brands etc. even got to Mondello Park in 1970.
I only managed to do six to eight meetings a year between 1966 and 1972 - shoestring racer, and enjoyed every meeting and met a lot of very nice people along the way.
Nowadays I get my two wheel fix with my hobby of photography by going to track or test days at Castle Combe, Brands and Silverstone.
Look forward to trying to identify some of the photo’s posted and reading more of peoples anecdotes.


Welcome Paul, you're amongst some good geriatric company here!! :D

Looking forward to your pics and anecdotes!

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Posted 02 April 2010 - 21:01

Welcome Paul, you're amongst some good geriatric company here!! :D

Looking forward to your pics and anecdotes!

Thanks for the welcome Mick - geriatric? I’m not that young you know. I have just replied to Phil so am expecting a flee in the ear from him. :)
Anyway, when I collected the 7R from Charlie he said that he thought the bike would wonder what had happened to it. Just because he is 11 inches taller than me and just about double my weight - cheeky git. That motorcycle dragged his 16 stone frame round the IOM at a 93mph average lap! Goes to show just how good he was and the bike.
I was strolling back from the canteen at Brands one meeting only to see someone leaning across my bike and the engine was running. I was just about to have a few words, as you do, when this tall bugger stood up and a grinning Charlie said I’ve just been adjusting the carb for you, I hope you don’t mind. This happened a few times at Brands and Lydden - just goes to show what a nice fellow he was.
As for photo’s. I only have a couple and if I ever find out how to post them then I will try, don’t hold your breath.


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Posted 03 April 2010 - 18:41

I came across some fotos I took at the Rosso Bianco museum at Aschaffenburg. its mainly race cars and 60's supercars but there is a bike section and a couple that appealed to me I snapped.


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#134 BobGoddard

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Posted 04 April 2010 - 10:36

Hi you guys. I'm new to this forum lark and understand an introduction is in order...? :wave:

I'm Bob Goddard, ex bike journo and now motorcycle adventure travel book author. Here's a quick biog...

Born 1953 in Holbeach, Lincolnshire, UK. Became obsessed with bikes after seeing racing at Cadwell Park and bought my first bike in 1969, a Honda C200, soon progressing to CB77 and many other weird and wonderful machines.

Joined Lincs Free Press and Spalding Guardian as cub reporter after leaving school. 3 years later, early 1974, joined Motor Cycle News as reporter, covering road racing :) plus general news and bike testing. About this time started racing a Tiger Cub in British Formula Racing Club. Few good results at Cadwell and Snetterton before over-confidence on duff tyres resulted in a broken wrist. With wife heavily pregnant with second child, and MCN unimpressed with my inability to type, I decided to hang up my leathers and concentrate on writing instead of riding. Probably a wise choice... my first road test for MCN had ended in a written-off Suzuki 250 and my right leg in plaster with double fracture.

Covered UK road racing, Manx GP and TT and made many good friends amongst the racers, notably Barry Sheene, Kork Ballington etc. In 1976 became features editor of Motorcycle Mechanics and continued road testing (no more spills, thank goodness) and interviewing racers. 1979 became assistant editor, later editor of Motorcycling magazine. 1984 left bike journalism for mainstream magazine publishing, 1992 left publishing (actually, it left me - after being made redundant 5 times, I decided enough was enough) and set up own marketing and distribution business, moving to Norfolk for a quiet life. Played with classic Japanese bikes for a time, but didn't have the time or stamina for major refurbs...

1999 bought a Honda Varadero, wife Viv took up biking and got a Transalp. 2001-2 we spent 3 months riding a pair of Yam Serows, 11,000km mainly off road in New Zealand. Awesome country, wonderful people, brilliant laugh - ended up writing first book 'Land Of The Long Wild Road', which sold well, despite incompetent publisher who later went bust! Still in print and now available from me...

2005 rode our bikes to eastern Europe to support charity EveryChild (raising publicity, rather than cash) and barely survived the 'mother of all storms' which killed 62 people in Romania/Bulgaria as we rode through Bucharest, over Danube and became marooned in Bulgaria. Rode through second mega storm and major flooding on way back too! What did we do to upset the rain gods? Eventually recovered sufficiently to write 'Beyond Bucharest', launched November 2009. Decided to publish this ourselves (www.timbuktu-publishing.co.uk) which has resulted in re-discovering many old biker/racer friends and making many new ones too. I'm lovin' it (where's me Big Mac?) :D

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Posted 04 April 2010 - 18:49

Good stuff , :up: Welcome to the forum , Bob , look forward to reading more of your tales from the racing ( and any other ramblings !!! ;) )
You'll find many other like - minded blokes on here :rolleyes: :wave:
P.S , sorry you have to wear a big mac !!!

Edited by fil2.8, 04 April 2010 - 18:50.


#136 Coupe Kawasaki

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Posted 04 April 2010 - 21:56

Welcome fellas :wave: I hope you have as much fun as I did reading all of the old threads when I found these guys. Salt of the earth :clap: If you stayed overnight in the paddock ever then this is the evening banter with all it's warts :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:


You can even have an extra pass or two to invite your mates :cool:



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#137 rio

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Posted 09 April 2010 - 20:35

Hi everyone

Real name is nik hardiman

I got to meet my favourite rider, Tepi Lansivuori, towards the end of his career [mostly by blagging my way into the British GP or international race paddocks and then later by him kindly leaving the passes for me and letting me hang-around -though I stayed respectfully out of the way].
Through Tepi I met all of the other Finnish riders and so, when he retired, I continued to go to see them race whenever they were in England. Through the strange media of 'Head & Shoulders' shampoo I managed to get a 'Gofer' job with one of those riders, privateer Pekka Nurmi [he asked me to send him several bottles and in my accompanying letter I dropped the line that I was interested in learning mechanics and he offered for me to go to learn with him]. We were based at a car garage in the small Dutch village of Manderveen and, for a 21 year old never outside of England before, it was a whirlwind racing season.
I continued to see [and try to help] any of my Finnish friends -Eero Hyvarinen, Jussi Hautaniemi and Johnny Wickstrom whenever they raced here until the stream of 'Flying Finns' seemed to dry-up. But I owe them all so much for their help and immense kindness to me

#138 LamboNZ

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Posted 10 April 2010 - 01:33

Hi Nik, welcome to the forum.

I'm sure that I speak for the others, in saying that we look forward to hearing about your exploits around the GP paddocks etc.

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#139 exclubracer

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Posted 10 April 2010 - 17:50

:wave: Welcome from me also Nik, you must have a tale or two to tell, as I recall the Finns used to enjoy themselves quite a bit :up:

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#140 pierrepeterpedro

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 17:02

Peter McNab

Have seen this site before but not spent much time digging before but found a few familiar names and acquaintances mentioned; the Sayle clan amongst others.

After graduating from University, a childhood friend suggested I work for him in his motorcycle shop in France for a while until I found a proper job; I never did find one! The first bike race I ever went to was a 1000 kms at Le Mans in 1970, then another endurance race at Montlhery and one at Rungis. Apart from restoring old Bonnevilles and BSAs we were building Dresdas. After a couple of years in France I returned to England to work for Dave Degens in Putney where Richard Peckett was working and building racing bikes. After a few years at Dresda we set up our own business, P&M Motorcycles. That was in the days when anyone could build a better frame than a standard japanese one and there were lots of back street frame makers about.

Sold out of P&M in 1979 and went to work for George Beale, who had bought our 1979 P&M F1 bikes; that was pretty much a condition of the sale! 1980 I lived on a farm at Melbourne, Derbyshire, in sight of Donington with the Sayle clan, Dragman, Jeff’s mechanic, and a lot of cows. 1981, coordinator of the Honda GP team with the rather slow but interesting oval piston 500 four stroke. Went to Spain for a couple of years to return for a very brief time with Kenny Robert’s new team, then a couple of years at Heron Suzuki F1, then Joey Dunlop’s last year of F1 World Championship then doing the first year of World Superbikes in 1988 with Roger Burnett on the new RC30.

Left the sport for nine years working in financial services; I suppose some would say it was a proper job but I hated it. Very stressful. At least in motor sport you know the stress pretty much ends on Sunday night. Ok, it starts again the next Friday, but you don’t take the constant stress of the job home with you every night. In fact, you don’t have a home you go back to in most cases as you work all hours and live like a gypsy out of a suitcase and a caravan or hotel!

Came back to join Neil Tuxworth’s Castrol Honda Supersport’s team from 1998 to 2001 then came back to France. Worked for a company at Clermont Ferrand that is subcontracted by Michelin to fit tyres at National and International car and bike events. Did a bit of everything, cars and bikes, until my back gave up a couple of years ago, so now potter about, do odd jobs for neighbours, no money, but I love the countryside I live in and just living and feeding yourself is a full time job anyway.

With my French and Spanish connections I was known variously as Pierre, Peter or Pedro, hence the nick.


#141 exclubracer

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 19:33

:wave: Welcome to the forum from me, Peter :up: a chassis guru indeed!!

You must have a few tales to tell, looking forward to your posts.

#142 fil2.8

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 19:50

:wave: Welcome to the forum from me, Peter :up: a chassis guru indeed!!

You must have a few tales to tell, looking forward to your posts.


Hi , Peter , welcome from me also :up: and as Mick says , we look forward to your contributions :love: :wave:


#143 Herr Wankel

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 20:22

Hi , Peter , welcome from me also :up: and as Mick says , we look forward to your contributions :love: :wave:

Welcome Peter, :wave:
Look forwards to some tales :up:
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#144 prosport

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 19:52

Hi just came across this site and amazed to see picture of myself racing in the 70s. My names Carl Woodwiss, raced approx 75-77 for Sid Griffiths on TZs at club level alongside Kork Ballington and Geoff Barry. Then opened my own Yamaha dealership and raced RD400 and 350LC in Avon production machine championship, and other club events including West Raynham 500 miler,(also rode 1000 katana in this as well as world endurance championship round at Donington). Last race was in Bol DOR 24Hr race at Paul Ricard 1982 on a GSX1000Suzuki engined Moto Martin frame. Wondered if anyone might have any pictures from those days. I race a Caterham CSR260 now at CSCC meetings, would be nice to hear from anyone from those times.

#145 picblanc

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 20:05

Hi just came across this site and amazed to see picture of myself racing in the 70s. My names Carl Woodwiss, raced approx 75-77 for Sid Griffiths on TZs at club level alongside Kork Ballington and Geoff Barry. Then opened my own Yamaha dealership and raced RD400 and 350LC in Avon production machine championship, and other club events including West Raynham 500 miler,(also rode 1000 katana in this as well as world endurance championship round at Donington). Last race was in Bol DOR 24Hr race at Paul Ricard 1982 on a GSX1000Suzuki engined Moto Martin frame. Wondered if anyone might have any pictures from those days. I race a Caterham CSR260 now at CSCC meetings, would be nice to hear from anyone from those times.



Hi Carl, welcome, I have at least one pic from Snett 76? it needs re down loading as its about an 1" square, will do this week? remind me!! :wave:

#146 fil2.8

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 20:18

[quote name='picblanc' date='May 3 2010, 21:05' post='4321768']
Hi Carl, welcome,

And welcome from another old fart , Carl :wave:


#147 Coupe Kawasaki

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 20:43

Hi Carl :wave: Give the old fart above some stories about proddie bikes....he loves them dearly :up:




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#148 mba21

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 22:33

And from another young fart............. :lol: :rolleyes:

#149 SADBATCCM

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 22:43

And from another young fart............. :lol: :rolleyes:

and hi from an even younger old fart than worzal :rotfl: :wave:

#150 Coupe Kawasaki

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 23:25

:rolleyes: