Among the other accomplishments during the Bonneville speed trials, other than CYCLE WORLD’S Gordon Jennings’ Class PSC record, was one of far more monumental proportions but of questionable definition. We refer to Craig Breedlove’s “Spirit Of America,” a car to some, motorcycle to others, airplane without wings to me.
I am very much in accord with your discontinuation of high-speed runs on road test machines. What I would like to see, in your road test data on machines tested, is a third graph, showing braking distances for each ten mph from top speed down to, say, twenty mph.
Major Victor Mountford, Managing Director of Enfield Cycle Company, Redditch, England, recently visited the United States on a tour of Royal Enfield’s four U.S. distributors; Cooper Mtrs. in Los Angeles, Joe Schotthoefer, Warren, Mich.; Gene Shillingford & Sons, Philadelphia, Penna; and Sam Avellino, Revere, Mass.
THOUGH NO SENSATIONAL records were dashed at this year’s running of the Bonneville National Speed Trials, motorcyclists were out in satisfying numbers and several important records were either created or bested. Sanctioned by the American Motorcycle Association and the Southern California Timing Association, after qualifying runs all machines must make at least two runs through the measured and electronically timed traps spaced at 1/4 mile, 1 mile, 2 miles and 3 miles, with a 2-mile acceleration run.
WHAT HO! adoring readers. It’s Tweedley here again, dashing in with the particulars of the just-run. Wormwood T.T. It was a fortnight ago last Tuesday, that I tooled up to Yardstock-on-the-Fens for the 57th annual running of the world’s oldest and perhaps best known motorcycle race.
LAST SPRING, when we tested the very rapid Triumph Bonneville TT Special, gearing and a shortage of straightaway room prevented us from determining the bike's absolute top speed. We were continually running out of engine revolutions and space, and even so the TT Special pushed up to 123.5 mph — fast enough to satisfy nearly anyone; yet not the absolute limit of the bike’s potential.
ANY FRIDAY NIGHT during the 32-week racing season, you can drop in at the Ascot Speedway and see a lot of novice riders, mounted on various makes of motorcycles, working very hard while trying to beat the flying Yamaha 250 twins. Sometimes they are successful; more often, they are not.
VARIETY IS THE SPICE of life, a saying we can be fairly certain most of our readers have heard, and it is one that assumes particular color when referring to the Moto-Parilla line of motorcycles. In CYCLE WORLD’S two years of publishing we have tested two previous Parillas; the 250 Wildcat Scrambler and the 250 Tourist, both of which made a considerable dent in our ordinarily hardened outer shell.
IT TOOK SEVEN YEARS as an Expert class rider to do it, but when George Roeder finally won his first National Championship race, he took the biggest money purse of all — $4000 for first place in the Springfield 50-miler at Illinois State Fairgrounds’ one-mile dirt track.
PART OF THE FUN at this year’s Bonneville National Speed Trials for the CYCLE WORLD staff was in running around the salt flats on this month’s “Impression” vehicle, the Suzuki Trojan 80 Super Sports, every word of it. The Ken Kay Distributing Co., importers of Suzuki machines, put the bike at our disposal, making it considerably easier to traverse the vast, almost endless area while preparing the Bonneville report in this issue and running our own record machine.
WITH TWO LAPS to go, Sid Payne, a most talented and determined Triumph rider from Bakersfield, California, wrested the lead away from fellow Californian Dick Mann (Matchless G-50) and went on to win his first National Championship, the Peoria (Illinois) Open Class Tourist Trophy race, sponsored by the Peoria Motorcycle Club.
JODY NICHOLAS, “The Music Man” from Nashville, Tenn., played a winning tune in the first running of racing cycles at Meadowdale Raceway, located just west of Chicago. Nicholas, who is also the 1963 100-mile Laconia champ, ran a close duel with California’s Dick Hammer in the early stages of the race.
NOT ONLY RACING, but parades, dancing, beauty contests and trophy presentations were all recorded by the watchful eyes of ABC-TV’s television cameras at the National Championship T.T. Scrambles in Perris, California, for nationwide viewing on “Wide World of Sports” early in October.
THF 35TH ULSTER Grand Prix meeting was held over the seven-and-a-halfmile Dundrod circuit near Belfast, despite the numerous troubles which beset the organizing club earlier in the season when at one time it looked doubtful if the meeting would be held at all.
MT. GARFIELD, a huge sand dune on the Lake Michigan shore just south of Muskegon, has been the site of a hillclimb in August for approximately thirty of the past forty years. The course is 320 feet in length, with a timer located 20 feet below the summit; machines are lowered from the top of the hill by cable hoist.
IT WAS Mike Hailwood time at Sachsenring, one of Germany’s oldest Grand Prix circuits, situated in a beautiful Saxony setting a good hour’s drive from the town of Zschopau, home of famous DKW motorcycles in pre-war days and now the place where “Motorradwerk Zschopau” (MZ) produces 70,000 two-stroke bikes a year.
Nestled picturesquely in a wooded glen near Chicago is Santa Fe Speedway, site of weekly short track racing as well as the 3rd annual Class A Short Track National Championship event. Although points were not awarded toward the Grand National Championship this year, many top-flight riders were on hand for the 9-race National program promoted by the Maywood Mustangs M.C., and competition was heated indeed.
WINNING EVENTS and pleasing fans seems to be second nature for the new National Number 32, Sid Payne. That’s just what he has been doing since he started riding in 1957, although his recent Heavyweight T.T. win at Peoria was his first National Championship victory.
HERE is ANOTHER of what is fast becoming a long line of books on the subject of speed-tuning two-stroke engines. Unfortunately, this book, like the others, is only partly successful — and for the same reason: a lot of space is devoted to “how” and the “why” is almost totally ignored.
You WILL NOT get Jack Ahearn to admit how old he is, but some idea can be gained from the fact that he started racing out in his home country of Australia back in 1943. This makes it a fair bet that he must be in the region of thirtyseven and for a man of that age he is having a remarkably good road racing season.
RACING ENTHUSISTS who have longed often to relive a particular race, as well as anyone fascinated by the sound of racing motorcycles will be interested in knowing that the Stanley Schofield series of recordings of European racing in excellent fidelity are available from E. J. Piggott Enterprises Ltd., 2703 Delaware Ave., Dept.
I owe a renewed interest in motorcycles to CYCLE WORLD. While in high school some ten years ago I rode a small HarleyDavidson, and after college and service worked my way into an Alfa-Romeo Spyder, which I loved dearly. But the baby grew faster than the Alfa, so we traded for a Ford wagon.
AMERICA’S FAMED precision flying team, the Blue Angels, has a new mascot . . . it’s a Honda. The crack jet pilots have purchased the bike in what may be the first time a motorcycle has been consistently used as part of a military flight operation.
THE DATE of the Japan Grand Prix has been decided. It will be held Sunday, Nov. 10, at Suzuka Circuit. The Motorcycling Federation of Japan, which is a member of FIM, formally announced the date at a well-attended party in Tokyo on Aug. 29.
"ALL CHANGE" seems to be the theme of the news this month with two top flight moto-cross and sidecar road race men changing their mounts. Dave Bickers, after a very lean season getting nowhere in the 250cc moto-cross title, shook everyone in the game by severing his connections with the Greeves concern and turning out on a Husqvarna to which he had fitted Greeves front forks.
ONE OF THE MOST interesting experiments in International motorcycle co-operation may come to an end this year, if the F.I.M. moves to ratify the suggestions made at the Spring Congress that the friendly interchange between the A.M.A. and C.M.A. must cease.