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photoblog image Donnington Park Classic Bikes 5/7

Donnington Park Classic Bikes 5/7

STILL UP AND RUNNING

In addition to the races over the weekend there were several parades of classic machinery and this 500cc.Honda, belonging to, and ridden by Ken Gilbert caught my eye. I suspect it is a 4-cylinder road machine converted to a racer, but whatever, it is immaculately turned out and painted up in the traditional Honda team colours from the 1960’s before racing machines became covered in sponsors paint schemes and logos.

 

Donnington Park Classic Bikes 5/7

STILL UP AND RUNNING

In addition to the races over the weekend there were several parades of classic machinery and this 500cc.Honda, belonging to, and ridden by Ken Gilbert caught my eye. I suspect it is a 4-cylinder road machine converted to a racer, but whatever, it is immaculately turned out and painted up in the traditional Honda team colours from the 1960’s before racing machines became covered in sponsors paint schemes and logos.

 

comments (19)

I certainly prefer the cleaner look without the sponsors
Brian Walbey: I agree Elizabeth, although it's sponsors that enable so many people tor ace, either in cars or on bikes, these days.
I like this bike very much Brian... i don't like the racing machines... cars or bikes full of sponsors logos....petersmile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 19 Oct 2012, 06:33
Really love the dominating feature of that enormous front drum brake, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Yes it looks good but it must be heavier than a corresponding pair of discs.
  • Sally
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 19 Oct 2012, 06:37
Great shot Brian, looks like you had a brilliant time.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Sally, it was a good day, and I went with my old friend I used to go to meetings with when we were young men, and I worked out it was at least 35 years since we had been to a meeting together, so that made the day even more special.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 19 Oct 2012, 07:10
It's the shorts with boots that catches MY eyes, Brian. HA! grin
Brian Walbey: Bit like a man wearing socks with sandals Ginnie smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 19 Oct 2012, 07:26
Interesting isn't it how sponsorship has taken over sport
Brian Walbey: It's sponsors that enable so many people to race, either in cars or on bikes, these days.
..these boots are made for racing Brian!
Brian Walbey: Indeed they are Juan, although I'm glad the Honda guy has stuck to plain black ones to keep in period.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 19 Oct 2012, 09:22
They must spend a lot of time cleaning there machines Brian.
Brian Walbey: I'm sure they do Chad, especially for people like this guy who was taking part in a parade rather than a race.
strategy talk
Brian Walbey: Or perhaps talking over old times.
My husband had something rather similar in the 70's. It was a great bike and so reliable after experiences with British bikes beforehand.
Brian Walbey: I think quite a few of us had bikes back then when we were young and carefree, or should that be carfree smile
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 19 Oct 2012, 13:30
Another subject I know nothing about, Brian, but I can still appreciate the picture
Brian Walbey: Well to be honest Lisl it is more of boys toys type of subject, I am pleasantly surprised how many of you ladies have appreciated these pictures during the week.
I'm rather curious, Brian, as to whether this classic 500cc Honda was transported to the parade in that blue van or whether they are driven to the site via the public roadways.
Brian Walbey: It would have come in the van Beverly. It is not road legal, it hasn't any lights at all, not even warning lights,and it has racing exhausts without silencers, or mufflers as you call them over there. Mind you imagine seeing this going down the main street on a Saturday morning, the sound would be something else.
I do like the racing colours Brian! A great looking bike smile
Brian Walbey: These were the original Honda racing colours when they first came on to the scene in the early 60's Martin.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 Oct 2012, 17:59
You love your bikes Brian - do you have one of your own?
Brian Walbey: Indeed I have enjoyed motorcycle sport since 1961 Mike. I had a 200cc.bike when I was a teenager and then got rid off it when a close friend was killed on his BSA.oin a road accident. Later on I had 2 different 100cc.Yamahss for local commuting and ended up with a Piaggio scooter which I sold about two years ago. However, I never in all my life took my motorcycle test so I never got to have a big bike.
Definitely the Honda Team colours from the 60's Brian.
A superb machine!
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed Richard, and it certainly is a good looking machine.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 Oct 2012, 18:43
Eeekk.. drum brakes. Very different to yesterday's bike. So refreshing to see it, too, without sponsors.
Brian Walbey: These were the original racing Honda colours from the early 60's Alan, no sponsors decals all over them.
I like this more minimalist presentation of the bikes Brian - a definite case of less is more!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Fred, I'm glad you are enjoying them.
He's certainly done a great maintenance job on it, Brian!
Brian Walbey: I guess as he only rides this one in parades it doesn't need as much looking after as a machine that is raced at full bore all the time.
A graceful looking machine, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Indeed it is Graeme, and it sounds good as well.

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