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#101 GD66

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 11:26

In the end, yes. Clive had rather good results in 1968 and '69 on a Tiger 100 racer, and bought a used road Trident from W. White Auckland, for $1100. He then stripped the road gear off, had a 3-into-1 built locally with a BIG megga, and fitted a race seat, plus a set of alloy wheels with a lovely 9" Fontana front brake, and TT100 Dunlops. Thus equipped, we headed off in the Thames van to the Napier roadrace, home town of the returning local hero Keith Turner, who'd just finished second to Ago in the world 500 championship. In short, IT RAINED, and after looking the goods in practice, Clive beat Turner's TR500 hansomely on a sodden track, and the wheels began to turn. Our oldest brother was a handy lad with metal, and knocked up an alloy race tank and seat, and a fairing was fitted, and although still in the heavy stock frame, the howling Trident proved an amazing handler, and a hit with the fans on a sojourn to the South Island summer series.
Colemans, the NZ BSA/Triumph distributors, were very keen to see the brands represented on the NZ tracks, as in the UK the Beezumph triples were wowing the crowds. The original offer was the supply of a full works BSA Rocket 3, but as time went on the Meriden race effort was all turning to custard, and the excesses of the original Transatlantic series and the Daytona race forays were replaced by doom and gloom as reality set in. Snookered by appalling timing, the Colemans offer was periodically diluted, in the end becoming no more than an opportunity to purchase a North chassis through them. Still and all, the bike, fitted with a Suzuki front end, looked and sounded the part, and proved a popular and entertaining addition to the fields of TZ Yamahas and TR Suzukis so prevalent in those days.

Edited by GD66, 18 October 2012 - 11:27.


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#102 Russell Burrows

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 12:17

I like stories like this. Good old Clive. I hope it's not going to be spoiled by you telling me he got shot of the triple and bought a TZ wotsit ?

Edited by Russell Burrows, 18 October 2012 - 12:19.


#103 GD66

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 13:51

Ah, no. The triple got trashed when the ute driven by our brother-in-law carrying it home from a Pukekohe meeting was involved in a head-on crash, the bike was catapulted out and went end-for-end up the road. It was later rebuilt and sold off, ending up with Jon White in Christchurch. Clive was later selected by Blue Wing Honda to race a CB750 with John Woodley in NZ's first Castrol 6 Hour race. Some years after that he built a tasty Egli-Kawasaki Z1000 racer in the eighties, sadly I have no pics though.
But the visceral howl of the mighty triple coming onto the cam will stay with me forever... :love: