Jump to content


Photo

Motorcycle racing; 1949-1968 nostalgia


  • Please log in to reply
9211 replies to this topic

#201 pmbboy

pmbboy
  • Member

  • 265 posts
  • Joined: November 06

Posted 22 January 2007 - 13:32

Posted Image
This photo is of Dickie Dale my boyhood hero, I was lucky enough to know Dickie as a young boy and for all my efforts helping him during the 1960/61 season in South Africa he gave me the trophies he won on a 250 Arial Arrow. My question now is, the 250 Arial I beleive belonged to Stan Cooper does anyone know of Stan Cooper who was he, where did he come from, did he have any other bikes, did he sponsor any other riders.
I hope someone out there can supply some info.
cheers
Peter

Advertisement

#202 Paul Rochdale

Paul Rochdale
  • Member

  • 1,270 posts
  • Joined: September 04

Posted 22 January 2007 - 13:54

Peter

Stan's son Rob Cooper is an artist specialising in motorcycle paintings. To find out more about his father, have a look here -

http://www.artuk.com...obcooper&begin=

#203 Twin Window

Twin Window
  • Nostalgia Host

  • 6,611 posts
  • Joined: May 04

Posted 22 January 2007 - 23:13

Gentlemen, I wonder if you can assist...?

I would appreciate any info you can supply on a number of images - names, machines, etc - as I have very little to go on. This could be 'one step too far' for this section of the forum, but I somehow doubt that will prove to be the case! :D

I'll begin with these, which I'm led to believe are from Monza 1953...

1 & 2 Posted Image 3 & 4 Posted Image 5 & 6 Posted Image

Sorry they're so small; I'll be able to post larger versions in due course.

:up:

#204 pmbboy

pmbboy
  • Member

  • 265 posts
  • Joined: November 06

Posted 22 January 2007 - 23:13

Originally posted by Paul Rochdale
Peter

Stan's son Rob Cooper is an artist specialising in motorcycle paintings. To find out more about his father, have a look here -

http://www.artuk.com...obcooper&begin=


Paul
Thanks for that, I did wonder if Stan Cooper could be found and the link you placed does make what I heard all those years ago true. I wonder what happenned to that bike i suppose lost now in the mists of time.
cheers
Peter.

#205 Paul Rochdale

Paul Rochdale
  • Member

  • 1,270 posts
  • Joined: September 04

Posted 22 January 2007 - 23:54

Good grief, you'll be lucky. Picture 1 - The 500cc Works Gilera team that year (there were no 350cc Gileras) included Geoff Duke, Reg Armstrong, Alfredo Milani and Dickie Dale. Also racing Gileras at the Nations GP at Monza that year were Libero Liberati, Nello Pagani, and Guiseppe Colnago. Just doing a Google Image search on the Italian riders and they all seem to have worn striped helmets, and No.1 isn't Duke, Armstrong or Dale. And I haven't a clue with the others. :(

#206 Twin Window

Twin Window
  • Nostalgia Host

  • 6,611 posts
  • Joined: May 04

Posted 23 January 2007 - 08:47

Originally posted by Paul Rochdale

Good grief, you'll be lucky.

Thanks for that info, Paul - that's some progress at least. So pic one is a 500cc Gilera.

Is it difficult because the images are so small, or because there seems to be so little in the way of info out there?

I'll put some mugshots up in a while in the hope that some faces or helmets are recognisable. For my part, I'm at a total loss as I know nothing about this era whatsoever... :

#207 pppdrive

pppdrive
  • Member

  • 61 posts
  • Joined: July 06

Posted 23 January 2007 - 13:52

Twin Windows

If it helps, Gilera Riders Umberto Masetti and Carlo Bandirola both rode the 4 cylinder racers and both had white helmets with a star front centre (I know Masetti later changed helmet colours, but I do have photos of him with the star on his helmet). Another Gilera rider who had a star (although a white star on red? helmet) was Guissepe Colnago.

If you can e-mail me larger pictures I can have a try and "match" them with pictures from my Gilera collection (gilera@igottagilera.co.uk)

Paul

#208 pppdrive

pppdrive
  • Member

  • 61 posts
  • Joined: July 06

Posted 23 January 2007 - 14:36

Twinny,

Further "observations";
Pic 2 is not a Gilera (we did not have light coloured rear mudguards), so that could be an MV Agusta.
Pic 6 is also probably an MV
Both Masetti and Bandirola rode for MV after leaving Gilera.

Paul

#209 Twin Window

Twin Window
  • Nostalgia Host

  • 6,611 posts
  • Joined: May 04

Posted 23 January 2007 - 16:08

Paul - thanks for the help. Unfortunately I don't have the ability to post larger files just yet, but will be able to do so in a week or so.

In the meantime, can you - or anyone else - make anything of these?

Bremgarten 1953

1 Posted Image 2 Posted Image

3 Posted Image

4 & 5 Posted Image 6 Posted Image


IoM TT 1954

1 Posted Image 2 Posted Image 3 & 4 Posted Image

5 Posted Image


Hockenheim 1955

1 & 2 Posted Image 3 & 4 Posted Image

#210 Santi

Santi
  • Member

  • 143 posts
  • Joined: August 01

Posted 23 January 2007 - 17:17

TT 1954

#4. I think he's Bill Lomas

#211 Paul Rochdale

Paul Rochdale
  • Member

  • 1,270 posts
  • Joined: September 04

Posted 23 January 2007 - 17:31

Phew!!

Bremgarten 1953 2 = Les Graham, 3 = Reg Armstrong

IoM TT 1954 4 = Bill Lomas, 5 = Arthur Wheeler

Hockenheim 1955 4 = Eric Oliver, 2&3 = the same unknown rider

#212 renzo

renzo
  • Member

  • 821 posts
  • Joined: August 06

Posted 23 January 2007 - 18:42

no 5 is arthur wheeler i used to work for him.;)

#213 pmbboy

pmbboy
  • Member

  • 265 posts
  • Joined: November 06

Posted 24 January 2007 - 23:36

My guess to your multi pictures are:
Bremgarten 53
2=Bill Doran 3=Reg Armstrong 5=Ray Amm 6=Enrico Lorenzetti
IOM 54
1=Jack Brett 3= Rod Coleman 4=Bill Lomas 5=Aurther Wheeler
Hockenheim 55
1=Cyril Smith 4=Eric Oliver

cheers
Peter

#214 bigrog

bigrog
  • Member

  • 383 posts
  • Joined: November 06

Posted 25 January 2007 - 17:51

Originally posted by pmbboy
My guess to your multi pictures are:
Bremgarten 53
2=Bill Doran 3=Reg Armstrong 5=Ray Amm 6=Enrico Lorenzetti
IOM 54
1=Jack Brett 3= Rod Coleman 4=Bill Lomas 5=Aurther Wheeler
Hockenheim 55
1=Cyril Smith 4=Eric Oliver

cheers
Peter


Unusual pic of Lorenzetti on the four cylinder in-line four.

#215 pmbboy

pmbboy
  • Member

  • 265 posts
  • Joined: November 06

Posted 25 January 2007 - 18:24

Originally posted by bigrog


Unusual pic of Lorenzetti on the four cylinder in-line four.


I had not spotted it was the in line four, very rare.

I think pics 2&3 from Hockenheim 55 are Pip Harris

cheers
Peter

#216 Twin Window

Twin Window
  • Nostalgia Host

  • 6,611 posts
  • Joined: May 04

Posted 25 January 2007 - 18:57

Thanks, chaps - progress is indeed being made!

Do I take it that Lorenzetti's in-line four is a Moto Guzzi? And what's rare - the pic or the bike?!

#217 bigrog

bigrog
  • Member

  • 383 posts
  • Joined: November 06

Posted 25 January 2007 - 20:39

Originally posted by Twin Window
Thanks, chaps - progress is indeed being made!

Do I take it that Lorenzetti's in-line four is a Moto Guzzi? And what's rare - the pic or the bike?!


Yes. The four is a Moto-Guzzi and what's rare are pictures of it actually being raced. This shaft driven in line four was scorned by the talented Guzzi design genius Giulio Cesare Carcano (it obviously wasn't his design) as it was slow, cumbersome and handled poorly. In the majority of races the factory riders rode the 500 Guzzi single as it was almost as fast as the four but far more nimble. In 350 form this single was the bike to beat as Carcano developed the bike to almost dominate in 56 and 57. The four was an interesting design but completely impractical. Still, it's a rare picture.

#218 bigrog

bigrog
  • Member

  • 383 posts
  • Joined: November 06

Posted 25 January 2007 - 21:03

Originally posted by pmbboy


I had not spotted it was the in line four, very rare.

I think pics 2&3 from Hockenheim 55 are Pip Harris

cheers
Peter


I can see where you're coming from with Pip Harris but it's not him. Anybody know what Australian Bob Mitchell looked like who finished fifth in that race.

#219 Senor

Senor
  • New Member

  • 26 posts
  • Joined: December 06

Posted 26 January 2007 - 07:05

Originally posted by bigrog


Yes. The four is a Moto-Guzzi and what's rare are pictures of it actually being raced. This shaft driven in line four was scorned by the talented Guzzi design genius Giulio Cesare Carcano (it obviously wasn't his design) as it was slow, cumbersome and handled poorly. In the majority of races the factory riders rode the 500 Guzzi single as it was almost as fast as the four but far more nimble. In 350 form this single was the bike to beat as Carcano developed the bike to almost dominate in 56 and 57. The four was an interesting design but completely impractical. Still, it's a rare picture.

I recall the in line 4 as quite an advanced design. It featured new concepts in valves and cams and also had a type of fuel injection system and a legal "blower" that was open to atmosphere. It was actually very quick but had reliability issues caused by the advanced design. The handling problems were mainly from the torque effect of the shaft drive. It was a good concept to reduce the frontal area to the size of a single and still have 4 cylinders. This would only be possible with this design. It won races in '53 and also into '54. It was a bold design but was ultimately flawed, much like the NR500. The full 500 single upscaled from the successful 350 was introduced only from 1954 onwards

Advertisement

#220 Twin Window

Twin Window
  • Nostalgia Host

  • 6,611 posts
  • Joined: May 04

Posted 26 January 2007 - 12:38

Is this the MV single? As you can see, I really am clueless...! :rolleyes:

Posted Image

That was taken at Hockenheim, 1953 - as was this...

Posted Image

...which is an NSU, isn't it?

#221 Twin Window

Twin Window
  • Nostalgia Host

  • 6,611 posts
  • Joined: May 04

Posted 26 January 2007 - 12:51

More from the same meeting;

Posted Image

Posted Image

Posted Image

Posted Image

Posted Image

Any ideas?!

#222 bigrog

bigrog
  • Member

  • 383 posts
  • Joined: November 06

Posted 26 January 2007 - 13:09

Originally posted by Twin Window
Is this the MV single? As you can see, I really am clueless...! :rolleyes:

Posted Image

That was taken at Hockenheim, 1953 - as was this...

Posted Image

...which is an NSU, isn't it?


The first pic is an MV single pictured with Earles forks which they experimented with in the early fifties when Les Graham was desperately trying to improve the handling of the 500 four but they also used them on the 125 single. Les hd been killed earlier that year at the TT but MV still used Earles forks until they finally went back to teles.

The other pic is the Moto Guzzi single I mentioned earlier which makes me think that, despite my diatribe, Lorenzetti isn't on a four in the earlier pic but a single. It was the tank tht made me think it. Sorry!

R

#223 Paul Rochdale

Paul Rochdale
  • Member

  • 1,270 posts
  • Joined: September 04

Posted 26 January 2007 - 13:35

BigRog

"Les Graham desperatively trying to improve the handling of the MV4"

After his fatal crash his team-mate Bill Lomas blamed Graham's own unconventional choice of an Earles fork. Made in Britain, these offered some advantages in steering and braking in exchange for much heavier steering weight. They worked superbly at the smooth Monza circuit, and Graham was convinced of their superiority.

'I tried a bike with them fitted at the Ulster GP. On the seven-mile-long Clady Straight, where you were jumping three feet off the ground at 150mph, it would get into a tank slapper - a pendulum effect. I told them to take it off and fit telescopic forks but Graham liked them."

Graham's accident was probably triggered by a tank slapper that started on landing from the hump later dubbed Ago's Leap. The big-four swerved at high speed over the kerb and into the wall on the left side and richocheted across the road. Graham was killed instantly.

From THE WORLD 500CC WORLD CHAMPIONS by Michael Scott (ISBN 1-85960-845-0) - an excellent read by the way!

#224 Twin Window

Twin Window
  • Nostalgia Host

  • 6,611 posts
  • Joined: May 04

Posted 26 January 2007 - 19:59

Thanks, Rog - although I'm now a tad confused (not hard to achieve in this context!).

More pics...

Do these shots depict Carlo Ubbiali?

Posted Image Posted Image


I thought I'd found an ID for this chap earlier, but now I can't find my note... :rolleyes:

Posted Image


I believe that the bottom pic shows Cecil Sandford; is that correct? Who is the rider in the top image?

Posted Image


These four are of Ray Amm, I think...

Posted Image Posted Image

#225 bigrog

bigrog
  • Member

  • 383 posts
  • Joined: November 06

Posted 26 January 2007 - 21:32

Originally posted by Twin Window
Thanks, Rog - although I'm now a tad confused (not hard to achieve in this context!).

More pics...

Do these shots depict Carlo Ubbiali?

Posted Image Posted Image


I thought I'd found an ID for this chap earlier, but now I can't find my note... :rolleyes:

Posted Image


I believe that the bottom pic shows Cecil Sandford; is that correct? Who is the rider in the top image?

Posted Image


These four are of Ray Amm, I think...

Posted Image Posted Image


Sorry to confuse you on the Guzzi four. I still can't work out whether it's a four or a single. Anyway, onto the pics. I'm not too much help but I am thinking about them. The first chap is definitely not Ubbiali but he is Italian. Many will laugh but I think it's Libero Liberati. The chap on number 52 is Reg Armstrong who rode an NSU in the 250 in 53 as well as carried out his duties as Geoff Duke's back up in the Gilera team on the 500. Strange days then. Two factories allowing you to ride for both of them. The person you think is Ray Amm is definitely Ray Amm. That's about it from me.

Oh and the rider you think is Cecil Sandford is Cecil Sandford. My guess is that the chap on the MV with the Earles forks is H-P Muller on a rare ride for MV. when he finished sixth. It's the white helmet and the age of the rider that makes me think that.

Roger

#226 Paul Rochdale

Paul Rochdale
  • Member

  • 1,270 posts
  • Joined: September 04

Posted 27 January 2007 - 00:41

I concur - Libero Liberati is the rider in the first two pics. Although he's wearing a silk scarf, his helmet 'colours' match him.
Reg Armstrong has the large black shamrock on his helmet, and Ray Amm has the famous lantern jaw.

#227 Paul Rochdale

Paul Rochdale
  • Member

  • 1,270 posts
  • Joined: September 04

Posted 28 January 2007 - 11:04

Slightly off track here but someone here might know the answer.

Back in the 1960s, Johnson's Cafe at West Kingdown, in Kent, was the famous meeting place for 'rockers'. Part of the folk law about the place was that a record would be put on the jukebox then riders would belt down the A20 passed Brands Hatch, down Gorse Hill (once Death Hill) around the roundabout then back to Johnsons before the record had ended. Now since some records are longer than others, was there a particular favourite which was chosen? (The 1812 Overture perhaps ;) )

#228 bigrog

bigrog
  • Member

  • 383 posts
  • Joined: November 06

Posted 28 January 2007 - 18:51

I make no apologies for putting these on here for I think these four pics really sum up motorcycle racing in my native South Africa in the fifties. Anybody know this man who was the 1959 350 SA champion?
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image

#229 Hieronymus

Hieronymus
  • Member

  • 2,031 posts
  • Joined: May 02

Posted 28 January 2007 - 19:01

Roger

Paddy D on bike no. 25?

Who are the other riders in the pictures?

Paddy received Springbok colours in 58. Do you know a rider, J. Gray, that got Springbok colours in 59...apparently for achievements in the 350cc class?

#230 Henry Snee

Henry Snee
  • Member

  • 75 posts
  • Joined: November 06

Posted 28 January 2007 - 19:43

Originally posted by bigrog
I make no apologies for putting these on here for I think these four pics really sum up motorcycle racing in my native South Africa in the fifties. Anybody know this man who was the 1959 350 SA champion?
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image

The 3rd pic looks to be taken at my namesake corner, Henry’s Knee at Roy Hesketh circuit in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

#231 bigrog

bigrog
  • Member

  • 383 posts
  • Joined: November 06

Posted 28 January 2007 - 21:46

Originally posted by Hieronymus
Roger

Paddy D on bike no. 25?

Who are the other riders in the pictures?

Paddy received Springbok colours in 58. Do you know a rider, J. Gray, that got Springbok colours in 59...apparently for achievements in the 350cc class?


Hieronymous

Amazing coincidence that you should mention Jack Gray because that's exactly who the man in the silver helmet is. A great talent, he is number 22 in the first photo. The other rider in that picture is Stan Setaro who was one of the aces of the time. Jack was '59 350 champion and earned his Springbok colours for that and the fantastic results he achieved against International riders during their tour of 58/59. (these included Mike Hailwood and Dickie Dale). His career ended in late '59 at the Roy Hesketh circuit in Pietermaritzburg when he ran wide at the Sweep and hit a freshly dug ditch(he was the only man who could take the Sweep absolutely flat out without shutting off). He had serious injuries but made a full recovery. He did end his career the way he wanted though, leading the 500 race on a 350 in front of a number of overseas riders.

As an interesting addendum, his son Rod won the '74 350 championship. Father and son were both sponsored by Doug Aldridge which made it the first time a father and son won an SA championship riding for the same sponsor.

Rod went on to win many, many SA championships.

#232 Paul Rochdale

Paul Rochdale
  • Member

  • 1,270 posts
  • Joined: September 04

Posted 29 January 2007 - 10:21

I have been asked a question about Fritz Scheidegger's fatal crash at Mallory Park on 25 March 1967. It's my understanding that his outfit suffered a brake failure and crashed into barriers at the hairpin. A picture in an early copy of Classic Racer suggests that there may not have been any barriers and they might have struck a wall.

Passenger John Robinson suffered a broken leg and retired from racing. What became of him?

#233 Paul Rochdale

Paul Rochdale
  • Member

  • 1,270 posts
  • Joined: September 04

Posted 29 January 2007 - 14:53

I'm sorry, I should have put this post in wich the Motorcycle Nostalgia thread.

In the latest issue of Classic Racer magazine, there's a picture of Shaw's Hairpin at Mallory Park taken in 1971 which shows a low white-painted, rendered brick wall around the top of the hairpin.

#234 Paul Rochdale

Paul Rochdale
  • Member

  • 1,270 posts
  • Joined: September 04

Posted 29 January 2007 - 16:48

Twinny
Would you mind please moving this thread to Motorcycle Racing 1949-1968, ta?

#235 Bernard

Bernard
  • Member

  • 240 posts
  • Joined: June 04

Posted 29 January 2007 - 20:45

I was there that day Paul and we were standing on the long r/hander after the start and so did,nt see the crash but I think he either misjudged the hairpin or like Camathias at Brands something broke. I also have wondered for 40 years what happened to John Robinson as he lived near me in Croydon then. Often saw the transporter on the way home from work. He wrote a wonderful piece in Motorcycling called Trials and Tribulations of a sidecar passenger,all about grass track racing in Switzerland on a kneeler BMW and Georg Auerbacher tearing off down Bray Hill with John shouting "slowly slowly"

#236 Bernard

Bernard
  • Member

  • 240 posts
  • Joined: June 04

Posted 29 January 2007 - 20:50

Big rog

Being an authority on South African racing I wonder if you know if Errol Cowan is still with us I thought he was a great talent seeing him at Cadwell and Brands very stylish.

#237 bigrog

bigrog
  • Member

  • 383 posts
  • Joined: November 06

Posted 29 January 2007 - 22:31

Originally posted by Bernard
Big rog

Being an authority on South African racing I wonder if you know if Errol Cowan is still with us I thought he was a great talent seeing him at Cadwell and Brands very stylish.


I know Errol was involved in a Classic Bike meeting at Zwartkops a couple of years ago but I don't know anymore. "pmbboy" or "Henrysnee", could you give any more detail on Errol Cowan?

#238 Hieronymus

Hieronymus
  • Member

  • 2,031 posts
  • Joined: May 02

Posted 30 January 2007 - 05:43

Posted Image

Here’s an interesting photo…I think. Pulled it from my files. It is from the Geoff Duke race meeting that was held exactly 50 years ago (2 Feb 1957) at the Grand Central circuit near Johannesburg, South Africa.

This is what I think they called the prone (?) position. Banned in all other provinces in SA, at the time, apart from the Transvaal. I recall seeing a photo of another South African, Vic Proctor, in a similar racing position during an attempt on the SA land speed record.

By the way, the rider in this photo went to Europe where he competed with great success in single seater car racing. Any guesses??

#239 Bernard

Bernard
  • Member

  • 240 posts
  • Joined: June 04

Posted 30 January 2007 - 14:44

Big rog,

Did a metacrawler search last night and found this

Errol Cowan Motorcycles
Physical Address: 17 Delvers St
Mashalltown
2001


Postal Address: P.O. Box 468
Edenvale
1610

so I guess he is doing well in business

Advertisement

#240 Paul Rochdale

Paul Rochdale
  • Member

  • 1,270 posts
  • Joined: September 04

Posted 30 January 2007 - 15:05

That reminds me of Rolly Free in his swimming trunks on a Vincent braking the Land Speed Record. Scary! :eek:

#241 Paul Rochdale

Paul Rochdale
  • Member

  • 1,270 posts
  • Joined: September 04

Posted 30 January 2007 - 15:58

Bernard

Are you saying John Robinson also passengered for Georg Auerbacher? I have Auerbacher's passengers down as Eduard Dein (1961-1967), Benno Heim (1964), and Hermann Hahn (1968-1970).

Auerbacher apparently crashed during practise for the 1972(?) IoM TT races and as a result of his head injuries, never raced again. I believe he is still around, living quietly.

Paul

#242 pmbboy

pmbboy
  • Member

  • 265 posts
  • Joined: November 06

Posted 30 January 2007 - 18:51

Originally posted by Hieronymus
Posted Image

Here’s an interesting photo…I think. Pulled it from my files. It is from the Geoff Duke race meeting that was held exactly 50 years ago (2 Feb 1957) at the Grand Central circuit near Johannesburg, South Africa.

This is what I think they called the prone (?) position. Banned in all other provinces in SA, at the time, apart from the Transvaal. I recall seeing a photo of another South African, Vic Proctor, in a similar racing position during an attempt on the SA land speed record.

By the way, the rider in this photo went to Europe where he competed with great success in single seater car racing. Any guesses??


The only person who springs to mind off that era is John Love from Rhodesia who went on to win the British saloon car champioship 1961 and also drove FJ Coopers very successfully in Europe.

cheers
Peter

#243 Paul Rochdale

Paul Rochdale
  • Member

  • 1,270 posts
  • Joined: September 04

Posted 30 January 2007 - 19:55

Who can tell me about Stanley Schofield records? A search on eBay shows these were produced in EP and LP form. Are CDs available these days? Who was Stanley Schofield and how long were the records produced?

#244 renzo

renzo
  • Member

  • 821 posts
  • Joined: August 06

Posted 30 January 2007 - 20:19

i still have 2 or 3 originals somewhere :)

#245 Paul Rochdale

Paul Rochdale
  • Member

  • 1,270 posts
  • Joined: September 04

Posted 30 January 2007 - 20:29

Well Renzo - you are 19 days younger than me BTW - I would have thought there would be a market for 'cleaned up' CDs of Stanley Schofield records.

#246 Paul Rochdale

Paul Rochdale
  • Member

  • 1,270 posts
  • Joined: September 04

Posted 30 January 2007 - 20:32

Silly me, I should have checked with Duke Videos -

http://www.dukevideo.....Audio CD.aspx

#247 Paul Rochdale

Paul Rochdale
  • Member

  • 1,270 posts
  • Joined: September 04

Posted 30 January 2007 - 20:36

"Apart from promotional records dealing with cars, all sorts of records containing the sounds of these motorised vehicles have been issued. A fine example is an English series called 'Sound Stories', which was issued between 1958 and 1969. The initiator of this series was Gordon Pitt, who worked as a sound engineer for film maker Stanley Schofield. The Schofield-team regularly filmed car races and thus earned a good reputation among the various companies in the motor industry. The foundation for the Sound Stories series was laid when the PR-department of one these companies suggested that a "picture in sound" of a car race would be a good idea. The first single contained recordings of the London-to-Brighton 'Diamond Jubilee Race'. Response from the public, however, was not quite as enthusiastic as was hoped for, whereupon Schofield decided to try his luck with a commentary of the TT on the Isle of Man. The 10 inch LP of the '1958 Senior Race' was an instant success and the series would continue to 1969.
Apparently, Schofield also sold his recordings to others. Toy manufacturer Scalextric, for example, used the race sounds for 'Roar! Authentic Sound Thrills of Grand Prix & T.T. Racing', a record which was intended as "a new dimension to your enjoyment of the Scalextric miniature racetrack". Vroom vrrroom! Better have a look in your attic! Maybe the old racetrack is still there somewhere..."

#248 T54

T54
  • Member

  • 2,479 posts
  • Joined: November 03

Posted 30 January 2007 - 23:45

Best one of those is from the 1966 TT with Luigi Taveri's 5-cylinder 8-speed 125cc Honda. Nothing ever sounded sweeter, even a MATRA V12. :)

#249 Hieronymus

Hieronymus
  • Member

  • 2,031 posts
  • Joined: May 02

Posted 31 January 2007 - 05:38

Originally posted by pmbboy


The only person who springs to mind off that era is John Love from Rhodesia who went on to win the British saloon car champioship 1961 and also drove FJ Coopers very successfully in Europe.

cheers
Peter


No, it is TREVOR BLOKDYK on a Villiers. Trevor made quite a success in F3 in Europe and was a favourite to become a Lotus works driver in F1, before a serious accident ended it all.

#250 Bjorn Kjer

Bjorn Kjer
  • Member

  • 3,626 posts
  • Joined: February 06

Posted 31 January 2007 - 10:54

Bernard : What transporter ?????