In the Service Department of CW's September issue, James Korley stated that he wanted more power from his Allstate 250. Sears offers a straight-through muffler kit for $39.95 (catalogue #28H7533C) that will help, but the police might frown on the noise.
Scooter fans who are Lambretta riders as well as photographers will be interested in knowing of a photo contest being sponsored by the Lambretta factory in Italy. The basic requirements are that the submitted photographs should be of current model scooters posed prominently in scenics, by famous landmarks, on streets of great metropolises, in landscapes, or with natives in local costumes, etc., in the countries or origin of the entrant.
THE running of the Bonneville National Speed Trials this year saw records falling left and right, the most impressive of which was the long-sought World's record. Joe Dudek and Bill Johnson's well known Triumph streamliner was the star of the meet, but they were not alone in their record breaking.
ON BRACEBRIDGE STREET in Birmingham, England, Norton Motors Ltd. have been making motorcycles since the days when the King could shout "off with their heads!" and get more than just a restraining order from Parliament. In fact, they were manufacturing the two-wheelers before some of the people in this world even knew that such contraptions existed.
LIKE MANY ANOTHER old-line firearms manufacturer, Birmingham Small Arms, or BSA, has found a profitable diversion in the design and construction of motorcycles. Indeed, the diversion has become the main order of business, and we motorcyclists are much the richer for its having done so.
CARROLL RESWEBER, defending national champion, catapulted into serious contention for his fifth straight title by taking over the lead late in the race and winning, for the second straight year, the 150-Mile AMA National Championship Road Race at Watkins Glen, New York.
TWO WEEKS of important national point events in the East and Midwest drew a huge field of maximum-talent riders to the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, there to fight it out for the 50-Mile National Championship race. Over 150 riders had their eyes on a part of the $12,000 in prize money offered this year.
"HE'S NOT AN EXPERT at this sort of thing like Hammer and Buchanan are, but he gets better every year." So said one of the Peoria M.C. club members, and he was right. Last year it was a third place . . . this year a pair of seconds. The chips were down for Carroll Resweber at Peoria's beautiful TT course.
MICHIGAN'S Mt. Garfield is more like a wall than a mountain. From the distance, it looks like a ski jump. As you draw closer, you realize that it is just too steep for that. It is designed for motorcycles. Only a motorcycle hillclimb competitor would even consider scaling the hill.
THE beautiful city of Santa Barbara on the Southern California coast is situated in an amphitheatre of high mountains. Heading a motorcycle up into these hills not only affords inspiring views of the coastline and the Channel Islands, but the cycling is as enjoyable as it is anywhere.
WHAT'S IN A NAME? A difficult question to answer when discussing such names as Honda. Without question the largest selling single type of motorcycle in the United States is the Honda 50, in any one of its various disguises. To individuals within the vast audience of new two-wheeled enthusiasts that Honda has reached through their immense advertising program in newspapers, television and magazines, they are not motorcycles, nor are they motorbikes, or anything else for that matter; they are Hondas.
AFTER the two practice periods for the races had been held in pouring rain everyone hoped that race day would dawn bright and clear, but early risers found grey skies and rain scudding across the circuit. The more optimistic took heart from an old proverb "rain before seven, dry by eleven" and were duly rewarded for their happy outlook on life.
KIM KIMBALL of Montesa Hotors, distributors of the excellent line of Spanish-built machines, has announced a soon-to-be-available addition. Called the Montesa Impala, it is a 10.5 hp @ 6,000 rpm, single cylinder, two-stroke, 175cc road machine and features a fibreglass fuel tank.
THE mini-bike fadism continues unabated; no one can say how long it will last, or how far it will go. We can, though, say that as long as so many manufacturers are entering the field, and with such well made and unique machinery as this month's subject machine, we are certain it is here to stay and will continue to develop.
HUNDREDS OF MOTORCYCLES and riders from the United States and Canada convened at Sturgis in the Black Hills of South Dakota for the 21st annual Black Hills Motorcycle Classics rally and races. Four days and evenings were jam-packed with special tours, scrambles, hill-climbs, picnics, races and other amusements.
THE PROBLEMS OF YOUTH I am fourteen years old and here in Florida the law permits me to have a five brake horsepower cycle. My Dad thinks they are too dangerous although he says he will let me have a car when I am 16. Please present some arguments that I can use for my side.
American Sports Co., Dept. CW-11, 8217 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, California, has announced a new engine guard that eliminates all doubt with regard to engine exposure to trail hazards on the Honda Trail 50, C-110 and 55. In sparkling chrome, the engine guard does not interfere with engine cooling and can easily be installed in minutes. We like it, too, because it makes the Honda look more like a full size motorcycle.
American Sports Co.
MGM Industries, P.O. Box 367-W, Cushing, Oklahoma, is now marketing their newly developed Piggy-Back-Oiler, designed with a flexible spout for hard-to-reach spots, it quickly converts a standard petroleum quart can into an easily operated thumb pump dispenser. The oiler pierces and then re-seals the can, insuring clean dispensation plus quick recognition. The steel and alloy unit can be transferred from one quart can to another for dispensing kerosene, Gunk, water, oils, etc. Varied sizes of non-leaking safety spouts guard against waste and fire hazards and are detachable by means of 1/8" pipe threads.
American Sports Co.
Milne Brothers, Dept. CW, 22 No. Greenwood Avenue, Pasadena, California, now offer the handsome new Belair glasses of lightweight construction. Features include removable lenses in green or blue-grey (smoked), with amber and clear as optional lenses available separately. Price is $3.95 with practical case, optional lenses are priced at $1.25. Ideal for riding or any occasion.
WRITTEN primarily for the newcomer to the sport, and covering every facet of the trials game, this book tells the novice everything he wants to know in a manner he can easily understand. Starting with an outline of the sport and reasons for its popularity, the author goes on to deal with the characteristics and specifications of trials machines, the make-up of a trial and its method of organization.
DEREK MINTER first came into prominence at the Brands Hatch circuit many years ago when he rode a BSA Gold Star against Manx Nortons and gained leaderboard positions. Perhaps his best was fourth behind Duke, Surtees and Trow, and that performance sums up Derek's greatest asset — determination.
A rare treat for Canadian riders and fans was a weekend comprising road races on Saturday, scrambling on Sunday and the Monday holiday. Mosport was the scene of the first two events, and Cope-town near Hamilton hosted the third. The Norton club's August Gold Cup races had an excellent entry, but a small crowd.
NIKOLAYEV and Popovich are two Russian names that by now are quite familiar to you but take note of another of their countrymen whose name to you and me means far more, Nikolai Sevastjanov. He is the first Russian to race a motorcycle in a World Championship road race and did so at the East German Grand Prix, held on the 18th and 19th of August.
SINCE taking over National Number Four, Bart Markel is having his best year as an expert rider. The Flint, Michigan charger has some famous footsteps to fill, as the previous wearer of the renowned Four was Brad Andres, one of motorcycling's all-time greats who is now retired.