Tub-thumping does not come easy to me, but certain things are occurring I feel people would like to know about concerning CYCLE WORLD’S position in the motorcycle publishing industry. To begin with, our advertising lineage is now averaging over 100% greater than our nearest competitor.
There are a few questions that I have after reading the recent issues of CYCLE WORLD: First, how does the cornering power of a motorcycle compare to its four-wheel counterpart — especially the racing variety? Second, why do motorcycle engines always have exhaust ejected forward and then routed 180-degrees to the rear while the intake is behind the engine?
The gentleman seated on the new Velocette Clubman Veeline in the photo is William Bram, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, who is now touring the country setting up new dealers for the new U.S. distributors of the Velocette line of motorcycles, M.C. Supply Co., 1715-21 East Florence, Los Angeles, California.
A NUMBER OF beautiful and painstakingly prepared custom bikes were sprinkled amongst their fourwheeled counterparts at the third annual International Car & Boat Show, held at the Los Angeles Sports Arena and sponsored by the Tridents Car Club.
RACE FAVORITES come and go, except for HarleyDavidson, who were hard to beat 10 years ago (or 20, for that matter), are hard to beat right now, and it looks as though they might be hard to beat 10 years hence. The reason behind their success is not as straightforward as it might seem.
TRUE PROGRESS is something that we have always been delighted to report, and we have finished our testing of the Montesa 175 Scrambler very delighted indeed. Almost a year ago, we had our introduction to Montesa products, with the test of the Grand Sport, and while we were quite properly impressed with that earlier model, the latest Montesa is much more refined.
ALTHOUGH ENGLAND is commonly thought of as the home of motorcycle road racing, a very big spectator attraction is the night speedway racing which thrills the crowds at 1/4 and 1/5 mile tracks in many of the major cities. Due to its very specialized nature, this racing has produced a machine that bears little resemblance to the motorcycle as we know it although, in the hands of a skilled rider, it will circle a quarter mile track in an unbelievably spectacular and rapid manner.
A forty-year-old form of motorcycle sport, contested by twelve countries, with two World Championships.
B. R. NICHOLLS
SCRAMBLING, OR MOTO CROSS as it is called more generally now, especially on the continent of Europe, has reached such a peak of popularity that it might be an idea to look at the background before the 1963 season really gets into its stride. Scrambling started almost forty years ago as a cross between a road race and a trial.
STEEN'S IN ALHAMBRA, CALIFORNIA, for many years known for their excellent two-stroke oil, “Steen C,” recently made a radical departure from their “normal” way of things by introducing two interesting two-wheeled vehicles; the Steen Timberline, trail tested in our Feb. 1963 issue, and the Steen Taco mini-bike, resplendent on this page.
The 1963 250 Mile National Enduro or, "The Little Burr"
J. R. BEALL
ENDURANCE, SKILL, determination, sportsmanship, these are fine words indeed, and we enjoy sitting in our favorite easy chair, watching them come to life in TV programs. The most the majority of us are called upon to endure, however, are bad commercials, but the men of championship endurance run riding are something else.
HONDA AND KREIDLER TOOK a beating and Camathias set a new sidecar record, all watched by over 120,000 spectators gathered at Hockenheim Ring near Heidelberg, Germany, during the running of the second event on the World “Classic” Grand Prix calendar.
You bums! After thinking we finally had a decent magazine you quit road testing the larger calibre bikes. I live in a small town and I’m rarely exposed to anything larger than a 250cc cycle. You were my main source of information on the bigger machines.
THE FLOWER OF JAPAN these days is a continually increasing flow of small displacement motorcycles that bristle with deluxe features and seem to come in an ever-widening variety. CYCLE WORLD set the task of analyzing the newest and one of the most interesting, the Bridgestone 7 De Luxe Sportster.
TRAIL TESTING TAKES A NEW TURN this month with the familiar Triumph 200 Cub in trials form, a machine as near ideally suited for trailing as it can be. Regular CW readers will recognize our test bike as the same as seen in last month's “Trials, Anyone?” feature, and the Editor’s transportation when covering the 200 mile National enduro in San Luis Obispo, California, in our May 1963 issue.
CYCLE WORLD'S and Sweden's McNytt magazine's Bengt Bjorklund, in cooperation with a local motorcycle club, recently staged a fascinating motorcycle show in the industrial city of Gothenburg, that drew 10,000 paying spectators who got a good look at an interesting collection of unusual motorcycles.
JOE BOLGER, TECHNICAL CONTRIBUTOR to our Eastern contemporary, Cycle Sport magazine, has prepared himself a highly interesting competition machine from a Yamaguchi SPB Scrambler. Among the many innovations applied to the already superb little two-stroke, Bolger mounted larger Pirelli tries (3.00 x 17 in the rear, 2.75 x 17 in front), a paper element air cleaner, rubber boots on the forks to seal out dirt and dust, special moto-cross handlebars, fibreglass Wilson seat, special lighter gas tank, ball-end clutch and brake levers, altered foot pegs and several other changes.
HALLMAN, HALLMAN all the way in the 250cc moto-cross and Rolf Tibblin back at the top of the 500cc moto cross championship. Honda takes a drubbing on the road racing front where Minter’s hope of a world title disappears following a crash at Brands Hatch which gives Phil Read a chance on the Gileras.
ONE OF THE MOST spectacular and colorful riders ever to grace the professional racing scene is Texas born Sammy Tanner, familiarly known as “The Flying Flea.” Less well known is the fact that Sam crashed into a tree the first time he ever rode a motorcycle, a happening which might have deterred a lesser soul, but only served to spur him onward.
TWENTY-FIVE-YEAR-OLD Arthur Lampkin is one of the few riders who have reached the top of the tree in both reliability trials and moto-cross. His latest success and probably the most rewarding is the Scottish Six Days trial which he won with a loss of only seven marks against the runner-up who lost twenty.
EXPORTS OF Japanese motorcycles rocketed a huge 255 percent during fiscal 1962 (Apr. 1, 1962 to Mar. 31, 1963). Exports numbered 257,095 machines, compared to 100,854 in fiscal 1961. Production was up 4.8 per cent, from 1,650,526 in 1961 to 1,729,896 in 1962.
AN ENTERPRISING group of young men in Wichita, Kansas known as the Equipo Azteca are presenting exhibition speedway motorcycle team racing at 81 Speedway in that city, prior to departing for an annual trip through Mexico with their combination thrill show and racing program.
THE FIRST of the 1963 world road race championship meetings was held in Montjuich Park, Barcelona on Sunday the 5th of May but did not cater to the 350 and 500 classes. Riders in these categories were probably thankful, for the circuit is of a very tortuous nature.
The teams for the Challenge scramble between Eastern Canadian and New England riders have been chosen. The 250cc team will consist of Dave Smith, Greeves; Ray Boasman, Dot; Jim Kelly, Greeves; Mike Binkley, Dot. The first rider is from Toronto, the other three from the Hamilton area.