After seeing my first Laconia I am still somewhat speechless; I truly had no preconception of what a magnificent motorcycle show it is. Readers who might never have been into the beautiful Laconia, New Hampshire recreation area to see the fabulous road racing have missed seeing one of the most impressive racing pageants in this country.
I have a 250cc Zundapp I use for scrambles and enduros. I have been hopping it up, and on the subject of timing I got most of my help from your report on two-cycles. Now I need your help again. My problem is with ignition timing and the exhaust system.
Italian and Japanese machines continue to dominate the most significant event in European road racing.
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B. R. NICHOLLS
MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, this was Mike Hailwood’s T.T. All other performances, record breaking though they may have been, were absolutely eclipsed by this brilliant twenty-three-year-old Oxford rider who from the first practice period seared his way round the thirty-seven miles odd that make the most famous road racing circuit in the world.
THE 1963 LACONIA Silver Anniversary Road Race will be recorded in history as one of the high-tension events of the calendar year. It was a race started with a shock, spiced with surprise and topped off with a climactic punch bettering even an Alfred Hitchcock creation.
IN PART ONE of this two-part series about the machinery that performs the all-important function of carrying the power from the engine to the driven wheel, we covered the transmission. That item is, as everyone knows, only one stage in the overall system and it is, moreover, relatively unimportant to the experiment-inclined rider, as he can do little beyond keeping it in good repair.
RUSSIAN RIDERS Nicolai Sevostianov, Endel Kiisa and Juri Randla made their first appearance in the western hemisphere at the Dutch TT in Assen. They rode C.K.B. DOHC twins (based on Jawa design) in the 250, 350 and 500cc classes, but only Sevostianov finished in the 500cc event.
AN HONORED OLD-TIMER among motorcycles imported for the American market is Velocette. These fine machines have been coming to our shores in numbers since just after the Hitler War, and those who bought them have had precious little reason to regret having spent their money in that way.
WRITING IMPRESSIONS, or offering opinions on motorcycles are things that come quite easily to CYCLE WORLD’S test staff; this is especially true at times like our meeting the Mustang Thoroughbred. To call this bike a controversial machine is apt, but only scratches the surface of the collection of extremely diverse opinions gathered in and around CYCLE WORLD’S staff and circle of acquaintances.
THERE ARE THOSE among the uninitiated who believe that motorcycling is a hazardous sport. Some, I have heard, compare it to going over Niagara Falls in a badminton net. Well, they are right, but not in the way that they imagine. It is true that there is nothing on earth so frought with peril as “the most dangerous moment,” and those of us who have gone through it wear its invisible scars upon our memories.
A VERITABLE PANDORA'S BOX Of surprises;” “I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen it;” “For crying out loud,” etc., and other such literary witticisms were the result of uncrating and then unfolding the unusual Valmobile portable scooter in a corner of CYCLE WORLD’S offices.
IT IS INEVITABLE, when the competition is rough and the pressure great, that an occasional behind-the-scenes rhubarb will take place. Most of these wrangles go unnoticed by the casual observer in the stands, but on a recent Friday evening at Ascot Park in Gardena, California, such was not the case.
Occasionally, but not too often, we receive news releases and photographs of new models with little, or no explanation or reason given as to why we should be so honored. You are looking at just such a mystery, a photograph of the beautiful movie star Pier Angeli, standing by the newest version of Lambretta's equally glamourous 175 TV scooter.
THE AMERICAN MOTORCYCLE ASSOCIATION’S ten-mile championship flat-track race was held at Columbus, Ohio as scheduled, but for a time during that eventful Sunday, few of the spectators, or the riders for that matter, would have given a plugged nickel for their chances of seeing a race that day.
THE SIXTH ANNUAL running of the A.M.A.’s 15-mile championship at Heidelberg, Pennsylvania was truly an outstanding exhibition of fine flattrack racing, and the drama unfolded before the watchful eyes of ABC’s television cameras for later presentation on their “Wide World of Sports” program.
Membership in an AMA club can be a rewarding experience for the competition rider; it can also be a lot of fun for the joiner who is completely at home among Robert’s rules. But the club has nothing to offer the hot-blooded trooper who for one reason or another, such as lack of funds or fear of failure, does not ride in competition.
THOUGH ONLY HALF OF THE scheduled events were run, the balance being cancelled due to a torrential rain that limited visibility to a scant few feet, a 125cc record was smashed and Germany’s H. G. Anscheidt riding the 50cc Kreidler brought home a victory that gave him a 5 point lead in the championship.
THIS HANDBOOK has two main objectives; to help buyers choose the model best suited to their requirements, and to advise them how to obtain the maximum of pleasure and efficient service from their machine. Though dealing with almost entirely British machines in particular, the information is useful in general for all lightweight machines.
This clinically tested eye shield combines any optical prescription with uniform color density to afford attractive and optically correct sport and outdoor eye glasses. Available in three colors, Stone Grey, Sahara Tan and Caribe Green, total weight is only 1 oz., 2 gms. Write to MedOptics, Inc., 24 Walnut St., Dept CW, New Britain, Conn., for further details.
This soft rubber grip has an air cushion molded in, a grip within a grip, that affords the rider the absolute maximum hand comfort available. HO-100, for the Honda 50, $2.40 per pair retail; the HO-305, for all other Hondas, $2.60. Distributed by Milne Bros. Accessories, 22 E. Greenwood, Pasadena, California.
A new economy shield with snaps, for good face protection, is offered by Bell Safety Helmets. Flexible, clear shatterproof plastic is flat and easy to carry, supplied with two extra side snaps; simple installation. Specify if for use with or without snap-on sun visor when ordering from Bell Auto Parts, Inc., 3563 E. Gage, Dept. CW, Los Angeles 49, Calif. $1.75 each.
Now available for the Velocette scrambler is the new Maco seat, foam rubber padded, covered in top grain leather. Smaller than the standard model, the new seat adds considerable comfort and enhances appearance. Retail price is $29.50 including mounting brackets, distributed by M.C. Supply Co., 1715 East Florence Ave., Dept CW, Los Angeles 1, California.
Sets of 3 English-built precision micrometers, accurate to .001" and priced at only $9.95 including carrying case, feature steel spindle, nut and anvil and special zero setting adjustment screw. Included are two outside micrometers, the one-inch measuring from 0" to 1", the two-inch from 1" to 2". Third piece is a 1" and 2" depth micrometer with 2 shafts measuring from 0" to 1" and T" to 2". Write Fecil, 1640 NE 123rd St., Dept. CW, No. Miami, Fla.
50cc MOTORCYCLE CARRIER
Stanpat Distributors now offer the “PygE-Bak” carrier for all 50cc cycles that fits any car or truck with a trailer hitch, no holes to drill, one bolt and it is secured in place. When not in use it stores in the trunk. Comes complete with 2 safety locks, meets highway safety requirements. Only $16.95 postpaid, brochure 10¢, from Stanpat Distr., 1350 Kenwood St., Dept CW, La Habra, California.
This clinically tested eye shield combines any optical prescription with uniform color density to afford attractive and optically correct sport and outdoor eye glasses. Available in three colors, Stone Grey, Sahara Tan and Caribe Green, total weight is only 1 oz., 2 gms.
WHERE DO WE GO from here? That is the question that the technical journalists always ask themselves over here after the Isle of Man T.T. races and whilst a lot of ink is wasted on the topic, this year they all seem to have the same theme, that the two-stroke is ousting the four-stroke, though at the moment only in the smaller capacity classes.
JAPANESE MOTORCYCLISTS are walking on air following Suzuki factory rider Mitsuo Ito’s win in the Isle of Man T.T. 50cc race. This is the first time a Japanese rider has ever won this classic, although Japanese Hondas piloted by foreign riders have copped IOM races several times.
Aug. 4 — CLASS A HILLCLIMB NATIONAL — Muskegon, Mich. Aug. 4 — 50 - MILE NATIONAL T.T. ROAD RACE — Windber, Pa. Aug. 4 — INTERNATIONAL RACE — San Pedro Motodromo, Monterey, Mex. Aug. 11 — 150-MILE NATIONAL ROAD RACE — Carpentersville, III. Aug. 18 — EAST GERMAN GRAND PRIX — All classes; Sachsenring.
AFTER RIDING street bikes from 1947 until 1952, Babe DeMay entered his first race, a half-mile dirt track event at Jacksonville, Illinois, and proceeded to fall down in his initial try. Undaunted, he bounced back to win the Legion Arrow and Minnesota State Fair novice finals, set fastest qualifying time at the Charity Newsies event, and wind up the 1963 season as second ranked novice in the nation, 2 points behind Brad Andres.
WITH SECOND PLACE in the 50cc Dutch T.T behind his Suzuki teammate Ernst Degner, and a win in the 125cc event, Hugh Anderson went into a clear lead of the world championship tables for both classes. For this quiet-spoken, intent and likeable New Zealander it could not have happened at a more appropriate, meeting for early this year he married the Dutch nurse who tended him when he crashed at the same meeting last year.
ONE OF THE MOST interesting things about the Ontario scramble scene this year has been the revival of the 500cc class. When scrambling was first popular, the 500 class held sway, with the light-weights more of a fill-in to the programme.