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#1 Lothar

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Posted 06 June 2021 - 08:48

Dear all,

 

I came across a sidecar racer of the name Bill Lomas and his passenger Conrad Money. In some race entry lists (programs) they are listed as racing BMW 492 cc sidecar outfits in the late 1960s. Sometimes they used Norton.

 

Can anyone of you please tell me wo they are/were and what exactly was their engine (pushrod or bevel shaft Rennsport)? The capacity of 492 cc indicates that this might have been a Rennsport, compared to the 498 cc of the pushrod model if not overbored.

 

Does that Bill Lomas have any relation to the solo rider Bill Lomas?

 

Thank you

 

Kind regards

 

Lothar

BMW Club Mobile Classic, Germany

 



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#2 tonyed

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Posted 07 June 2021 - 04:38

W E Lomas and C Money rode a BMW 492cc on the 1971 TT finishing 20th @ 71.38 mph

In previous years he had ridden in the TT with different machines (well at least engines) and other passengers

see - https://www.iomtt.co...LL&ride_id=9725

 

As far as I can see, he was no relation to the Bill Lomas



#3 Geoff E

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Posted 11 June 2021 - 17:00

W E Lomas and C Money rode a BMW 492cc on the 1971 TT finishing 20th @ 71.38 mph

In previous years he had ridden in the TT with different machines (well at least engines) and other passengers

see - https://www.iomtt.co...LL&ride_id=9725

 

As far as I can see, he was no relation to the Bill Lomas

 

Sadly, the TT Database cannon be relied upon, as you will also find this- https://www.iomtt.co...LL&ride_id=1258

 

However, I think the Bill Lomas was actually W A Lomas which, if so, was not W E Lomas.

 

As far as I can see, there is only one Conrad Money; he lives in the Oldham district according to the electoral register.



#4 tonyed

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Posted 12 June 2021 - 04:51

TT database - interesting, but totally wrong - Bill Lomas the GP solo racer retired in 1957 after a racing accident curtailed his career.

 

He did write a book which is still available

 

Conrad Money is also an actor - https://www.amazon.c...oney/nm7105599/

Funny what people get up to after racing sidecars  :wave:



#5 Michael Ferner

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Posted 12 June 2021 - 14:17

Yes, "the" Bill Lomas was W. A., while the sidecar racer was W. E Sadly, I don't have anything more specific on the BMW, but would expect it to have been an RS.



#6 Lothar

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Posted 14 June 2021 - 15:31

Thank you, all.

 

So far I have listed more than 5000 (yes indeed) race entries linked to BMW Rennsport (postwar) sidecar plus more than 900 in the solo class. But I did not find any race report or photo that would tell the story of a W.E. Lomas on a BMW Rennsport.

 

Maybe you can find a piece in a contemporary British magazine?

 

My findings:

22 Aug 1971: Silverstone

29 Aug 1971: Snetterton.

 

Probably there are more race entries of Lomas-Money.



#7 tonyed

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Posted 15 June 2021 - 09:36

The Silverstone program from August 1971 has Bill Lomas and Conrad Money from Oldham on a 492 BMW

The home town of Oldham ties up with post from Geoff E that there is a Conrad Money on the Oldham electoral register - so you should be able to find his address and contact him.



#8 Lothar

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Posted 15 June 2021 - 13:19

Thank you. Will try that.



#9 Lothar

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Posted 16 June 2021 - 07:38

Bill Snelling has some photos of Lomas-Money now on:

 

https://www.ttracepi...html?find=Lomas

 

The fairing covers the engine so that we cannot exactly see what kind of BMW engine it was.

 

In the program it says 498 cc which would be for the push rod modell


Edited by Lothar, 16 June 2021 - 07:42.


#10 tonyed

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Posted Yesterday, 03:56

In the Silverstone program it is definitely '492'