Japanese 125 machinery
Posted 06 May 2007 - 08:11
See previuos thread for Tohatsu racing machines;
I used to be taken to Brands Hatch by my grandad to watch my uncle race his 350 AJS & 500 Manx Norton, in those days the Hondas main opposition came from the Spanish Bultacos and the odd Ducati.
The Tohatsus were nice looking bike but lacked werre frequently breaking down.
Dave Simmonds who rode one went on to become world champion when the works bikes withdrew.
My all time favorite British 125 rider was Dave Chadwick who i saw when i was taken to Crystal Palace, he won every race he took part in cept one.
He broke a chain while leading.
I was heartbroken at his death.
Posted 06 May 2007 - 08:46
Yendor (or anyone else),
Originally posted by Yendor in the thread "Do you remember Tohatsu racing bikes?"
Further to the above, I've just found this pic taken at Castle Combe during the race.
Yes you're quite correct, it's me
My father has a CR93 today for historic parading purpose, and I would be very interested in hearing stories and technical experience of racing this bike!
Posted 06 May 2007 - 09:31
Posted 06 May 2007 - 09:52
Just in case you haven't seen it already, here's an excellent site about 50's/60's racing Hondas.
Posted 06 May 2007 - 23:54
Posted 07 May 2007 - 08:11
Strangly enough i have never actually riden a bike in my whole life but being around racing bike has stuck with me all my life.
I use to stay with my Gran whose house was next door to Sharpe & Woollett 's Bike in shop in Sevenoaks , i used to enjoy looking at the lovely display ithrough the windows.
Looking at those Honda i can hear and smell them
Posted 07 May 2007 - 08:46
Anyway , fine picture , and I remember the only TT race I was to being the Ulster TT in 1967 , final year of real motor cycle racers, the worlds most fantastic sound , the HONDA 6 !!!!!!
Posted 07 May 2007 - 11:02
I agree. I have a lot more photos from the Honda museum at Motegi. I'm happy to post them in the Motor Cycle Racing;1949-1968 thread if anyone is interested.
I grew up in the Midlands, and the highlight of my teenage years was watching the '60s greats at the Mallory Park post-TT races. Mike Hailwood was our local boy, and he never disappointed.
Posted 07 May 2007 - 11:35
Posted 07 May 2007 - 12:17
As i lived in Kent My hero was probably ' King of Brands' Derek Minter, i did like to see the visiting foriegn riders. Hugh Anderson, Jim Redman, Paddy Driver, Mike O'Rourke, ETC.