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photoblog image Boys Toys - Classic Racers 1/5

Boys Toys - Classic Racers 1/5

All five images in this series were scanned from enprints taken during the 1990's and adjusted in CS3 and Topaz.

350cc.Syd Mularney Manx Norton


During the heyday of the racing of classic British single cylinder four-strokes, the 1950's and 1960's, one of the main sponsors of riders was Syd Mularney Motorcycles of Leighton Buzzard.  This was one of the bikes that he owned and I suspect, looking at the valve cover on the top of the engine, this may be one of the engines he converted to a four-valve head from the normal two valves of Manx Nortons.  Among several well-known riders who rode his machines was Mike Hailwood with considerable success.

 

These sort of machines, together with the 500cc.models were the bread and butter machines for riders of all abilities in Club, National and World Championship racing through that period and are surely among the most famous racing machines ever produced.


Boys Toys - Classic Racers 1/5

All five images in this series were scanned from enprints taken during the 1990's and adjusted in CS3 and Topaz.

350cc.Syd Mularney Manx Norton


During the heyday of the racing of classic British single cylinder four-strokes, the 1950's and 1960's, one of the main sponsors of riders was Syd Mularney Motorcycles of Leighton Buzzard.  This was one of the bikes that he owned and I suspect, looking at the valve cover on the top of the engine, this may be one of the engines he converted to a four-valve head from the normal two valves of Manx Nortons.  Among several well-known riders who rode his machines was Mike Hailwood with considerable success.

 

These sort of machines, together with the 500cc.models were the bread and butter machines for riders of all abilities in Club, National and World Championship racing through that period and are surely among the most famous racing machines ever produced.


comments (17)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 10 May 2010, 00:32
More than Boys Toys, Brian...this is a thing of great beauty.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ray, wait till you see Friday's bike then.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 10 May 2010, 06:36
Heck: I bet it went like the proverbial clappers Brian! Did it really have no recognizable seat?
Brian Walbey: About 115mph I guess Chris being a 350cc. All racing bike seats are more functional than comfortable.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 10 May 2010, 07:06
You clearly know a lot more than I do, Brian! grin I trust every word you say....
Brian Walbey: A long story Ginnie, in short I commentated at race circuits for bike racing from 1968 until 1982 on a regular basis, plus going to loads of other mettings and this has been my favourite sport since 1982.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 10 May 2010, 07:20
Love these heritage Bikes and this is the real deal not a reconstruction
Brian Walbey: Certainly the real thing Tony as are the other four bikes I am showing this week.
Well done Brian. Lovely image.

I had motorbikes ready for this week - glad now that I changed my mind because I can't add any info at all.
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Sheila. Please show your bike shots, a Google should get you plenty of info.
I like the streamlining here Brian.
Brian Walbey: Helps with the speed among other things Chad.
Good image for a great name, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Tom, you will see another one of these later in the week.
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 10 May 2010, 10:41
WEll captured
Brian Walbey: Thanks vintage.
Looks like it doesn't hang about Brian. The scan and treatment have worked well.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Janet. I think these do about 110-115 mph, well down on modern machines of course.
I dont know much about bikes, but I can imagine this is going to be rally loved, it looks good and the scan has has worked really well. smile
Brian Walbey: Real enthusiasts spend a lot of time and money keeping these old bikes in full running order Linda.
Superb Brian. You are taking me decades back!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard. Hopefully the other four images this week will have the same effect for you.
A nice one too Brian..Its just a shame that we didn't continue to improve the performance of our machines..before the Japanese did..Too late then.
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed Ron, we have very little motorcycle industry now apart from Triumph and a few very small specialists.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 10 May 2010, 19:23
I expect these were the bees' knees at one time, Brian. It looks quite dated now though!
Brian Walbey: The bike to have at one time Alan, now they are classics and very collectable.
I'm going to enjoy your nostalgia here Briansmile
Brian Walbey: I hope so Bill, I know you are busy today but if you do get time to look at tuesdays offering I wonder if you will be familiar with that particular marque.
nothing could touch them in their hay day, great picture Brian
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Derek.
  • Les Auld
  • United Kingdom
  • 12 May 2010, 22:22
The classic Manx Norton, the bike most of us aspired to Brian but never achieved.
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed Les, and the series finishes with another one on Friday.
Interesting series, working my way back!
Brian Walbey: I hope your enjoying the series then John.

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