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THE MAN FROM THE PRESS

I don’t know the name of the man in the racing leathers but I do know he is one of the leading motorcycle testers from Motor Cycle News magazine and I understand he was there to try out the magnificent Yamaha just behind him. The machine is a classic 500cc.four-cylinder Yamaha painted in the American team colours used by the great Kenny Roberts during the time he was competing for, and winning the world 500cc.championship in the 1970’s.

 

Donnington Park Classic Bikes 3/7

THE MAN FROM THE PRESS

I don’t know the name of the man in the racing leathers but I do know he is one of the leading motorcycle testers from Motor Cycle News magazine and I understand he was there to try out the magnificent Yamaha just behind him. The machine is a classic 500cc.four-cylinder Yamaha painted in the American team colours used by the great Kenny Roberts during the time he was competing for, and winning the world 500cc.championship in the 1970’s.

 

comments (18)

There is a lot of history in this candid capture Brian... including the two who are not wearing leathers... they may have been a bit slimmer back in the 70's....petersmile
Brian Walbey: Indeed there is history here Peter, mind you, speaking for myself, I was a bit slimmer in the 70's!!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 17 Oct 2012, 01:23
The guy in the blue Tshirt seems happy to be labelled as a "tool".

I would like to do a lap or two on that gleaming yellow steed, Brian, even though there doesn't seem to be much room for my best gal as pillion.
Brian Walbey: I hadn't noticed the motif on his T-shirt. There's times one's best gal has to take second place Ray, I think this might be one of them given the chance a "slow" lap round on this.
The bike is a beautiful thing - but I don't understand why the America Team colors are yellow and black? Is it because bumble bees are... so... fast... and......... ummm....American bees are faster??!! :-/
Ray's comment made me laugh out loud!
Brian Walbey: Yes I don't know why this was the America team Yamaha colours but within the sport they are instantly recognisable. Re Ray, there are times when a man might just leave his best gal behind, including a ride on one of these smile
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 17 Oct 2012, 06:55
Lots of smooth operators here, Brian, some perhaps past their prime? smile
Brian Walbey: Yes the two guys on the left seem to fall into the same sort of category some of we gents on SC.probably fill Ginnie.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 17 Oct 2012, 07:18
Ever worn leathers like that Brian?
Brian Walbey: Definitely not Chris, indeed I've always imagined they must be quite uncomfortable.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Oct 2012, 08:52
T shirts and tummies are not a good look! Angry wasp colours for the bike - I presume it is a little more deep throated than that.
Brian Walbey: Definitely not a good look for gents in that age bracket, that's why I gave up wearing such things a long time ago smile It sounds something like this Mike http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZbV74lR09E
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet
  • 17 Oct 2012, 09:45
The chap in the pink shirt looks uncertain what to do next.
Brian Walbey: Looks like he's having a fingernail lunch, urghhh!
Getting paid to ride motorcycles and write about them...I bet that job would have suited you Brian
Brian Walbey: Not quite Bill, but I did get paid when I used to talk about them, ie.commentate at Snetterton, and occasionally Brands and Silverstone, plus a few Grass Track and Motocross meetings, over quite a long period of years.
strategy talk?
Brian Walbey: Might well be Chantal, like, "It's worth a fortune, don't crash at the first bend!"
Faces denote worrisome of some kind, the brakes, the advertisement contract...
Brian Walbey: Perhaps they are telling him not to drop ot at the first bend Juan smile
It seems to me, a communication breakdown, on the fancy dress theme has occurred,Brian. Lovely bike. smile
Brian Walbey: A great bike Frank, I saw Kenny Roberts racing quite a bit back then on this lovely bike. As for the leathers they come in all colours these days.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Oct 2012, 13:47
I like the colours in this very much; very vivid. Is the guy with the spanner on his tee shirt the mechanic?
Brian Walbey: Don't know about the guy in the spanner shirt Alan, but it is a great paint job isn't it.
All the motorcycle tester needs to do is to put on his helmet and gloves and he's ready to go. Will we be seeing this fellow in action, Brian?
Brian Walbey: Sadly not Beverly, just like most of the major race circuits across the road there is a very tall "safety" wire fence one has to look through which is a dead loss for photos, hence I only took shots in the paddock and pits.
A great looking bike Brian......and I like the sound! wink
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed Martin, and it sounded great when I saw it on full noise at Silverstone many years ago.
  • Sally
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Oct 2012, 17:25
Ah, memories of seeing Hawkwind at Donnington 'back in the day!!' Excellent shot, such clarity Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Sally. It is to ones own personal taste of course as to whether Hawkwind or the classic bikes made the better noise at Donnington smile
  • John Prior
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Oct 2012, 18:31
Nice candid shot.
Brian Walbey: Thanks John, they were probably having a conversation I might have enjoyed overhearing.
It looks like a debriefing to me Brian. The Yamaha is superb!
Brian Walbey: Could well be Richard. yes these 1970 Yamaha factory machines were great bikes.
Wonder if Ray would label him a tool if he didn't live in Thailand? The bloke on the left seems to contemplating the wisdom of it! smile Bikes aren't really my thing, but nice colours in this Brian!
Brian Walbey: I think the guy on the left is having fingernail pie for lunch Fred, urghhhh! All motorsport is very colourful these days.

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