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photoblog image Boys Toys - Classic Racers 2/5

Boys Toys - Classic Racers 2/5

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

350cc.Aermaccchi

In the late 1960's the Aermacchi organisation in Italy produced two production racers, 250cc.and 350cc.in capacity, for sale to riders of all abilities and until the advent of quicker machines from Japanese companies took over these machines were ridden to great success in all levels of racing.  They were unusual in that the cylinder and engine was nearly horizontal to the road, which allowed the machine to be quite low in comparison to its contempories.  At the time I took this image the machine belonged to a good friend of mine, Graham Godward, who raced it all over the country including the Manx Grand Prix in the Isle of Man, where he gained some creditable results with it.


Below is a short  video of Bill  Swallow riding a similar machine round Signpost Corner during the 2000 Manx Grand Prix races on the Isle of Man.



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Boys Toys - Classic Racers 2/5

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

350cc.Aermaccchi

In the late 1960's the Aermacchi organisation in Italy produced two production racers, 250cc.and 350cc.in capacity, for sale to riders of all abilities and until the advent of quicker machines from Japanese companies took over these machines were ridden to great success in all levels of racing.  They were unusual in that the cylinder and engine was nearly horizontal to the road, which allowed the machine to be quite low in comparison to its contempories.  At the time I took this image the machine belonged to a good friend of mine, Graham Godward, who raced it all over the country including the Manx Grand Prix in the Isle of Man, where he gained some creditable results with it.


Below is a short  video of Bill  Swallow riding a similar machine round Signpost Corner during the 2000 Manx Grand Prix races on the Isle of Man.



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comments (17)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 11 May 2010, 01:17
Look at that frame...that would have the Japanese mechanics scratching their heads a little.

Fine scan, Brian.
Brian Walbey: I think this frame was a replacement made by the Rickman concern rather than the original Ray, but I stand to be corrected.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 11 May 2010, 08:02
A fine machine
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed Chris and they sound nice as well if you found time to watch the short video.
Well scanned Brian...I had finished with motor bikes by this date...so this one is a stranger to me..but interesting all the same.
Brian Walbey: These appeared just as I was getting really in to motorcycle racing in various ways Ron, although I didn't actually ever race.
I had forgotten this manufacturer Brian!. Thanks for reminding me.
I really enjoyed the video.
Brian Walbey: A pleasure Richard, i hope you continue to enjoy the other 3 shots this week.
Totally different to the speed bikes they use now, I prefer thesesmile
Brian Walbey: Much more character Linda, thanks for your comment.
I really like the design of this one Brian.
Brian Walbey: Low and sleek Chad, and they sounded nice.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 May 2010, 13:33
Now I suspected that yesterday's image showed the bike to drum brake as opposed to discs and I see this is the same. Even my (pedal) bike has disc brakes; just shows how technology has moved forward. I've been round the Isle of Man TT course when I was younger; great fun!
Brian Walbey: All of a sudden disc brakes became the thing to have Alan but I suspect these brakes were adequate for the speeds involved. I once got my Mini round the TT course in just over 50 minutes with my mate who's bike this was acting as passenger! No speed guns on those days.
I remember the excitement of watching the racing and scrambling at Brands Hatch (Kent) but that was long, long before this. Ah....memories!
Brian Walbey: I used to go to Brands hatch regularly through the 60's and 70's with my friends to the motorcycle races and even got to do the circuit commentating there a few times as well.
  • Marion
  • Ireland
  • 11 May 2010, 16:30
Nice toy!!
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed Marion, thanks for your comment.
Somebodies pride and joy Brian.
Brian Walbey: Yes, I'm not sure if my friend still has this bike janet, he still has several classic bikes, this was him two years ago http://brianaw.shutterchance.com/photoblog/Graham_Godward_/
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 11 May 2010, 18:53
Bravest men alive riding these machines, skinny tyres, small brakes and a frame that flexed...really don't know how they rode them so fast
Brian Walbey: I suppose at the time there wasn't anything better Tony.
Una preciosidad de motocicleta y el video es toda una lección de pilotaje veloz y elegante. Soy un enamorado de las motocicletas y he visto carreras desde hace más de veinticinco años. Para mi es un sueño ir a la isla de Man.

A motorcycle and preciousness of the video is a lesson in driving fast and elegant. I am a lover of motorcycles and I've been racing for over twenty five years. For me it is a dream to go to the Isle of Man
Brian Walbey: I have never raced but used to commentate at races Valentin and have been to the Isle of Man to watch the races over 12 times when I was younger. You should experience at least once if you are an enthusiast, whether or not you actually race there yourself.

Nunca he competido con pero utilizado para commentate en las razas Valentin y haber sido a la isla del hombre para mirar las razas durante 12 veces en que era más joven. Usted debe experimentar por lo menos una vez si usted es un entusiasta, independientemente de si usted compite con realmente allí usted mismo.
drum brakes all round, bet it took some stopping, great image
Brian Walbey: I think those old drum brakes had plenty of stopping power for the speeds involved Derek, but they wouldn't be adequate for modern racers, imagine Rossi trying to stop the Yamaha from 200 mph with these brakes.
It almost looks home made, and from the video it had a great sound
Brian Walbey: I think the frame is not the original Bill, it looks like one made by a company of the time run by the Rickman Brothers http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rickman_Motorcycles
These remind me of the "Worlds Fastest Indian" . . . . .
Brian Walbey: Ginnie mentioned that Rob, not a film I'm familiar with.
  • Les Auld
  • United Kingdom
  • 12 May 2010, 22:23
I used to go to watch the bike racing at Oulton Park, some great machines back in those days. A fine image Brian.
Brian Walbey: I've never been to Oulton, being from the south it was Brands, Snetterton, Silverstone and sometimes Mallory Park, now I live 20 minutes from the latter and 10 minutes from Donnington.
Good shot and interesting history.
Brian Walbey: Thanks John.

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