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Donnington Classic Bikes 2/5

A line up of new/restored Manx Norton racers belonging to the Molnar racing team comprising three 500cc.machines (black numbers) and one 350cc.machine (white number.)  In 2011, the team will be racing at selected CRMC events where Steve Tomes will continue to ride the 500cc 95 Bore and the 350cc T3 with its ultra short stroke engine.

 

The Norton Manx or Manx Norton is a British racing motorcycle that was made from 1947 to 1962 by Norton Motors Ltd. A Norton had contested every Isle of Man TT race from the inaugural 1907 event through into the 1970s, a feat unrivalled by any other manufacturer, and the development and honing of the Manx racing motorcycle was another step in this racing achievement.

 

New Manx Norton’s, built to various specifications are still available to buy new, from various suppliers around the world. These suit different categories and definitions of Classic Motorcycle Racing and Historic Motorcycle Racing in different countries around the world.


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

 

For those of you interested further in yesterdays picture of John Coopers BSA Rocket 3 and the re-enactment of his race with Giacomo Agostini on Sunday at Mallory park there is a short video here to look at.  The "Coop" is now 71, he was on our local TV last night.

Donnington Classic Bikes 2/5

A line up of new/restored Manx Norton racers belonging to the Molnar racing team comprising three 500cc.machines (black numbers) and one 350cc.machine (white number.)  In 2011, the team will be racing at selected CRMC events where Steve Tomes will continue to ride the 500cc 95 Bore and the 350cc T3 with its ultra short stroke engine.

 

The Norton Manx or Manx Norton is a British racing motorcycle that was made from 1947 to 1962 by Norton Motors Ltd. A Norton had contested every Isle of Man TT race from the inaugural 1907 event through into the 1970s, a feat unrivalled by any other manufacturer, and the development and honing of the Manx racing motorcycle was another step in this racing achievement.

 

New Manx Norton’s, built to various specifications are still available to buy new, from various suppliers around the world. These suit different categories and definitions of Classic Motorcycle Racing and Historic Motorcycle Racing in different countries around the world.


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

 

For those of you interested further in yesterdays picture of John Coopers BSA Rocket 3 and the re-enactment of his race with Giacomo Agostini on Sunday at Mallory park there is a short video here to look at.  The "Coop" is now 71, he was on our local TV last night.

comments (15)

  • Ray
  • Manila, Philippines
  • 12 Jul 2011, 00:38
Things of beauty, Brian!
Brian Walbey: They are indeed Ray and they sound absolutely great.
Lovely line up Brian
Brian Walbey: Fabulous I think is the word Pamela.
I know nothing about motorcycles- but I like the photo- it's kinda cool to see them lined up like that!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Elizabeth, they are fine examples of this historic manufacturer.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 12 Jul 2011, 06:23
Terrific machines Brian
Brian Walbey: They are indeed Chris and they sound marvellous.
Ponies to ride
Brian Walbey: I'd rather ride one of these Richard, if I dare!
They are very handsome machines. I didn't realise you could still buy them!
Brian Walbey: They are indeed Bill. Yes there are manufacturers who build then from new still and others who restore original machines from the 50's and 60's, mind you they cost an awful lot of money.
which is fastest
Brian Walbey: The one with the white number would be the slowest, the other three would probably be good for about 200+ KPH I should think.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 12 Jul 2011, 09:13
They look pretty powerful machines Brian.
Brian Walbey: Too much for me at my age Chad, but compared with modern racers quite modestly powered.
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 12 Jul 2011, 10:57
Lovely collection of classic bikes, owned by some very proud people by the looks of the gleaming metal smile
Brian Walbey: Yes the Molnar team are one of the leading teams in classic bike racing.
  • Aussie
  • Rocky
  • 12 Jul 2011, 12:35
They look so nice in a line.
Brian Walbey: They look really great Aussie to an enthusiast like me.
Iconic machines synonymous with the TT as you say.
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed martin and the backbone of road racing through the 40's, 50's and 60's until the Japanese racing bikes came along.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 12 Jul 2011, 17:43
I have ridden a motorbike - but it wasn't a happy marriage. I am a confirmed 4 wheel man. They look very classy though!
Brian Walbey: I've had a small bike for a lot of my life just for local commuting once I packed up work in London but never a big one. I got rid of my last one a few months ago, my balance problems don't allow me to ride it much these days.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 12 Jul 2011, 17:58
Eeek! Drum brakes! Just shows how far we have come since then; now even my mountain bike has hydraulic disc brakes. When these Norton;s were racing, there was perhaps more skill needed than on a modern bike, I wonder? I can remember when the BBC used to cover the TT Races.
Brian Walbey: I guess with all the extra power of modern bikes it is a different skill needed nowadays Alan, especially with all that speed. The BBC do a short post TT broadcast still but ITV4 really go to town with a nightly programme for the whole of the two weeks practise and racing, it is superb, and the camera work is amazing, both roadside and on board.
They look fast just sitting there Brian....nice composition....i would choose No. 25smile....zoom--- zoom>>>>.....petersmile
Brian Walbey: They do look good don't they. Number 25 is the slowest of the four though Peter, 350cc.against 500cc.
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain
  • 13 Jul 2011, 10:04
I'm afraid I have no interest in motorcycle racing - I hate the noise like a hornets' nest being disturbed! But they do make a fine sight lined up like this.
Brian Walbey: It is more of a mans interest Ingrid I'll admit although Maureen came with me to many events over past years, it was a chance for her to get away from domestic stuff and relax, even if at times it was a bit noisy. It was the line up that actually caught my eye, as it seems to yours.

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