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Donnington Classic BIkes 1/5

A BSA 750cc.Rocket 3 presented in the colours and style of the machines ridden successfully by Derbyshire rider John Cooper during the 1960’s and 1970’s.  

 

John Cooper was one of England’s most successful and popular motorcycle racers of the late sixties and early seventies.  During the 1971 Race of the Year at Mallory Park, fifty thousand motorcycle racing fans crowded into the Leicestershire circuit for what turned out to be greatest race ever run on the UK mainland - John 'Mooneyes' Cooper on the BSA Rocket 3 running against multi-world champion Giacomo Agostini and the all-conquering 500 MV. Spectators shouted themselves hoarse through 30 laps of intense action which ended in a fairy-tale win for the British rider on the British bike. 

 

Both John Cooper and Giacomo Agostini were due to re-enact this famous race at Mallory Park yesterday during the Festival of 1,000 Bikes meeting, at which both of them and lots of other famous riders from the 60's and 70's were also parading on machines they used to ride during their racing careers.

Taken at a Donnington Park Classic racing meeting on 2nd.May.

Donnington Classic BIkes 1/5

A BSA 750cc.Rocket 3 presented in the colours and style of the machines ridden successfully by Derbyshire rider John Cooper during the 1960’s and 1970’s.  

 

John Cooper was one of England’s most successful and popular motorcycle racers of the late sixties and early seventies.  During the 1971 Race of the Year at Mallory Park, fifty thousand motorcycle racing fans crowded into the Leicestershire circuit for what turned out to be greatest race ever run on the UK mainland - John 'Mooneyes' Cooper on the BSA Rocket 3 running against multi-world champion Giacomo Agostini and the all-conquering 500 MV. Spectators shouted themselves hoarse through 30 laps of intense action which ended in a fairy-tale win for the British rider on the British bike. 

 

Both John Cooper and Giacomo Agostini were due to re-enact this famous race at Mallory Park yesterday during the Festival of 1,000 Bikes meeting, at which both of them and lots of other famous riders from the 60's and 70's were also parading on machines they used to ride during their racing careers.

Taken at a Donnington Park Classic racing meeting on 2nd.May.

comments (16)

  • Ray
  • Manila, Philippines
  • 11 Jul 2011, 00:44
Exceptionally elegant object, Brian.

That was the period in my life when I commuted 140km daily on the biggest [fastest] bike I could afford.
Brian Walbey: It is a lovely looking bike Ray, I remember seeing these on the race tracks when they were first introduced, the forerunners of today's superbikes as they are called.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 11 Jul 2011, 07:25
All 3 look like smooth operators, Brian. grin
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed and note the gents are of a certain age Ginnie, you can't keep us old'uns down.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Jul 2011, 07:33
Ahhh.. proper bikes; fine British engineering! Champion spark plugs - 4 for a quid I can recall!
Brian Walbey: I can also remember 4 for a quid Alan, but a proper bike, as you say. It sounded good as well.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 11 Jul 2011, 07:39
A real classic Brian
Brian Walbey: It is indeed Chris, with a few more to come this week.
I bet in 1971 they never dreamt they'd be back forty years later, did the result remain the same, or did Agostini get his revenge? Nice shot and information.
Brian Walbey: There is a large number of these bikes been kept active in the classic racing scene John. I had planned to go yesterday, Mallory is only a few miles from us, but we ended up going somewhere else, but I guess Ago would have given best to "The Coop" once again.
Great looking classic machine, I'm puzzled by the front disc brakes though,a much later addition perhaps.
Brian Walbey: It is indeed Martin. I've found a picture on the net of Cooper riding his Triumph at Brands hatch in 1971 and it is fitted with front discs.
'Think Bike'
Brian Walbey: And why not Richard, I am a long time bike fan, especially racers.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 11 Jul 2011, 09:30
That is a very elegant looking machine Brian.
Brian Walbey: It is British and beautiful Chad.
nice bike indeed
Brian Walbey: To the eye of the beholder it is beautiful Chantal, and it sounds good as well.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Jul 2011, 10:08
Man of the year 70-71 is trading on past glories somewhat! But the racing references are perhaps over my head ;o)
Brian Walbey: To the ageing race fan such as me Mike this man was a bit of a hero, and a really nice person as well. He was interviewed on our local TV at the weekend prior to the Mallory Park event and he hasn't changed a bit apart from looking older, as we of my generation do.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 11 Jul 2011, 11:41
Powerful
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed vintage, but not compared with mean looking bikes we see in the high streets these days.
A fascinating bit of bike history, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed, thanks Tom.
  • Les Auld
  • Somewhere in Cambridge
  • 11 Jul 2011, 16:22
I remember seeing these machines first time around at Oulton Park, great days indeed. Nice one Brian.
Brian Walbey: They were indeed Les, I was right in the middle of my associations with road racing at the time, I have some more great bikes coming up during the week.
Boys and their toys. The chap on the left looks thoroughly miserable though!
Brian Walbey: I guess he does the spanner work and doesn't get to ride this lovely machine Ingrid.
Seventh heaven for you here i would imagine Brian.
Brian Walbey: It was a good day out Bill, and only 15 minutes from home.
The British fans must have been thrilled by that fairy-tale win in 1971, Brian.
Brian Walbey: They were Beverly. At the time it was the biggest thing to happen for Agostini to be beaten.

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