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1962-1983: the years of fast racing 'mopeds'!


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#1301 fil2.8

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 22:07

Just read the very sad news that top tiddler rider Cees van Dongen has passed away today.RIP Cees

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Yes , very sad news indeed , RIP Cees :cry:

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#1302 exclubracer

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 23:28

Very sad news indeed, Cees was an innovative and forward-thinking engineer. R.I.P. :cry:

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 02:30

Very sad news indeed, Cees was an innovative and forward-thinking engineer. R.I.P. :cry:


Must have been one of the longest road racing careers ever perfomed by CEES VAN DONGEN RIP

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 19:56

One fast Dane back on track:

1967:
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2012:
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#1305 FG46

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 21:22

Who, Where, and What?

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Hint: T54 may know these guys!



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Racer No. 374 was Jeff Parriot the son of Buddy Parriot (Norton Manx 500 racer) and he is riding the Suzuki 50 cc (TS 50). I built. I realy loved working on this engine!
My development on this 5-speed, air cooled engine reached eventually 13.5 HP from the 9-9.5 HP claimed on the Hop-up Kit Suzuki made available to racers.

#1306 FG46

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 21:38

Who where and what? :wave:

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Hi 50cc racer!

It looks like the picture with the three bikes (Jeff Parriot #374 Suzuki, Philippe De Lespinay #224 Ringhini, and Bob Nolan #787 Villa) of my team is no longer visible...any reasons?

#1307 FG46

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 22:21

Never mind! There it is:


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#1308 FG46

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 22:45

These are the three stages the Ringhini went through (in USA):

As arrived:

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First makeup:

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Major transformation (Willow Spring 1981):

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The Suzuki TS50 in the background was also one of my bikes (only the engine rests in my basement and 4 more).

#1309 FG46

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 22:56

What, when, who and for how much?

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 23:17

This was the radical version of my Suzuki TS50 conversion:

Liquid cooled, reverse intake side, reduced crank case volume and crank shaft, 5 speed close-ratio gearbox, dry clutch, electric coolant pump, Kroeber ignition.
Unfortunately I could not complete the development of this conversion.

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 00:11

You bet your dry clutch I did! :cool:

Welcome to all our new online friends, please share your pictures and stories from your racing days... we enjoy them all!

Here is a pic of Yours Truly at Riverside in 1976, aboard an 8-speed water cooled Villa, a rather rare bike nowadays!

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Walter and Francesco Villa were indeed very capable manufacturers as well as very talented racers...

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I'm sorry T54 but I have to correct your statemet: the bike you are riding in the picture is the Ringhini I purchased in Italy in 1974, the bike was repainted to Suzuki blue/white and had pumpless liquid cooling system, cast iron sleeve, 6 speed gearbox, dry clutch, Marzocchi front suspension, ignition system converted from dual-breaker point to electronic multi-spark Lucas system, magnesium 4-shoe Fontana front brake.
The bike was updated with Campagnolo wheels, new Marzocchi front suspension, 220 mm Brembo disk brakes, newly redesigned rear suspension, new Ringhini bottom end with Kreidler cylinder and Kroeber ignition.
After the conversion, you clocked me at 105 mph with your radar gun at Ontario in 1980-1981.
With this bike I eventually won the AMF 1981 club title....It is presently hanging in my basement.

This is the same bike after a major revision (Willow Spring - 1980-1981)

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 04:57

This Villa is very similar to the one I raced in California in the mid-1970s... it was very fast and remarkably reliable. Thanks German gods for Nikasil, F.A.G. celron-cage bearings and Mahle pistons... :)



Correction T54: the Villa you used in practice only (courtesy ride) in California, it had a cast iron sleeve with Asso piston and good italian engineering (for those days). The reason I know is because I was there and I still have the bike! (I still own all three: Villa, Ringhini and Suzuki bikes reported racing in the Californian circuits). I'll be very surprised if there are any other Villa 50cc GP racers in this country.

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 05:16

You bet your dry clutch I did! :cool:

Welcome to all our new online friends, please share your pictures and stories from your racing days... we enjoy them all!

Here is a pic of Yours Truly at Riverside in 1976, aboard an 8-speed water cooled Villa, a rather rare bike nowadays!

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Walter and Francesco Villa were indeed very capable manufacturers as well as very talented racers...

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Same error T54: this is my Ringhini, loaned as a curtesy ride to you from yours truly (red shirt behind you).

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and with Bob Nolan's number:

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 19:57

Well done HW and Poul Erik - California 1976 Ontario: #374 Jeff (?) Suzuki TS50, #225 Philippe deLespinay Ringhini, #787 Bob Nolan Villa.
All bikes owned by team leader Franco Garavoglia, who supplied these special pictures from the US 50cc racing scene.



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No. 374 was Jeff Parriot riding a Suzuki TS50 conversion for Road Racing, the son of Buddy Parriot, famous Norton Manx 500 racer.


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Posted 29 August 2012 - 16:22

A few photos from Tonfanau on Sunday, the little 'uns were going very well, to my knowledge the only other circuits where the 50s race in the UK are Three Sisters and Aberdare, a pity because they go really well and all the riders are real fanatics for this class.

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Some serious engineering work has gone into these little gems!! :up: