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Donnington Classic Bikes 4/5

A replica 4-cylinder 500cc.Gilera 4-cylinder racer with a “dustbin” fairing, owned by Carl Webb who rides the machine in parades and demonstration runs.  

 

One of the greatest racing engines of all time is the Gilera across-the-frame four. Its origins can be traced back to 1923; by 1934, Gilera’s engineers were bolting on superchargers, and generating a staggering 86bhp at 9,000rpm. After WWII, the double-overhead-cam motor went back onto the bench, and was slotted into Gilera’s all-conquering racers. The result was incredible: between 1950 and 1957, the exquisite Gilera 500 4 won six World Championship titles. And that’s despite intense competition from Norton, Moto Guzzi and MV Agusta. This bike helped put riders such as Geoff Duke, Umberto Masetti and Libero Liberati on the podium, time after time. And then, in one fell swoop, Gilera, Moto Guzzi and Mondial all withdrew from the Championship.

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

Donnington Classic Bikes 4/5

A replica 4-cylinder 500cc.Gilera 4-cylinder racer with a “dustbin” fairing, owned by Carl Webb who rides the machine in parades and demonstration runs.  

 

One of the greatest racing engines of all time is the Gilera across-the-frame four. Its origins can be traced back to 1923; by 1934, Gilera’s engineers were bolting on superchargers, and generating a staggering 86bhp at 9,000rpm. After WWII, the double-overhead-cam motor went back onto the bench, and was slotted into Gilera’s all-conquering racers. The result was incredible: between 1950 and 1957, the exquisite Gilera 500 4 won six World Championship titles. And that’s despite intense competition from Norton, Moto Guzzi and MV Agusta. This bike helped put riders such as Geoff Duke, Umberto Masetti and Libero Liberati on the podium, time after time. And then, in one fell swoop, Gilera, Moto Guzzi and Mondial all withdrew from the Championship.

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

comments (15)

  • Ray
  • Manila, Philippines
  • 14 Jul 2011, 02:48
Gotta love that fairing, Brian.
Brian Walbey: They were the first real fairings Ray and were called "dustbin" fairings, I wonder whysmile
Well it's pretty and shiny and I like the reflection on the van next to it!
Brian Walbey: I hadn't noticed the reflection Elizabeth, I guess that must be me, I'm famous, yippee smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 14 Jul 2011, 07:01
I remember these fairings: they made the machines look very fast
Brian Walbey: They did indeed Chris, but apparently very unhelpful in strong cross winds.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 14 Jul 2011, 07:50
Nice bit of streamlining and front end protection.
Brian Walbey: Originally known as "dustbin fairings" Chad.
I see Carl Webb still needs those extra trraining wheels to stop him falling off his bike. [grin]
Brian Walbey: Lol. Well Carl is quite an elderly gentleman Richard, and by that I mean older than you and me.
I dont like the design of the front here, too much for me...
Brian Walbey: Back in the 50's when this type of aerodynamic fairing was invented it was the bees knees Chantal, these days of course streamlining is a lot more artistic.
Nice shot Brian.
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Frank.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 14 Jul 2011, 12:00
Big flairing
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed vintage, originally known as "dustbin" fairings.
That is some bike Brian!
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed Bill. I had the pleasure of seeing the Gileras in action many times during the 60's when Geoff Duke persuaded the factory to let him run a team with these bikes and he had Phil Read, Derek Minter and John Hartle as the riders both on British circuits, and the T.T.and World Championships, they were a sight to behold and listen to.
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 14 Jul 2011, 16:24
They look like they might be very uncomfortable to ride Brian, still look good though smile
Brian Walbey: I think any racing bike is a bit uncomfortable Linda, but these "dustbin" fairings were a real handful in strong crosswinds I believe.
That fairing doesn't add a lot to the great bike, does it?
Brian Walbey: Well it was the early type of streamlining for to overcome wind resistance Tom and they were called "dustbin" fairings. These days of course such things are more aerodynamic and artistic.
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain
  • 14 Jul 2011, 22:44
Now this is a piece of machinery I can appreciate - it certainly has style!
Brian Walbey: Well the streamlining certainly has Ingrid, thanks for your comment knowing this isn't a favourite subject of yours.
It looks pretty serious Brian, born to race.
Brian Walbey: Yes it was John, and great they sounded too.
I once bought a Dustbin Fairing for my Matchless, difficult to fit and it made the bike really difficult to ride. It didn't last long, looks great on the Gilera though/
Brian Walbey: I guess it didn't last long Le, I bet they made the bike a real handful in a cross wind.
this is truly something. nice image
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Ayush.

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