WE WERE ALL SADDENED this month by a great personal loss, that of Bennie Sims, husband of Carol Sims, Managing Editor of CYCLE WORLD, while racing to his brief moment of glory at a halfmile dirt track event in Tulare, California. Two pictures on this page show Bennie at his very best, one masterfully sliding the Matchless during practice, the other finishing the last heat race of his short career as a professional motorcycle racer, alongside of National Champion Dick Mann and just behind California’s meteoric Elliott Schultz.
I wonder if you could answer a question that has been bothering me for months. As it happens, I ride an old 1940 Indian 45, that has the foot brake on the right. A few months ago, a friend let me ride his machine, which has a foot brake on the left and as I came in for a landing, although going quite slow, I took a nice little spill, for no reason at all except that I pushed the wrong pedal with the wrong foot.
CYCLE WORLD’S affiliated motorcycling journal in Japan, The Motor-Cycle, rushed us the accompanying photographs of the newly-developed Suzuki RV-63, water cooled, four-cylinder 250cc road racer being tested on the Suzuka Circuit just prior to the Japanese Grand Prix.
Berliner Motor Corp. in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, has announced a highly interesting addition to the Norton line of motorcycles they distribute in the United States; it is the new 750cc twincylinder scrambler. The new Norton is the first of what promises to be a fascinating group of machines growing out of the combining of Norton and Matchless at Associated Motor Cycles in England.
BILL NEWROCK. PHOTO Upon noting the success of two recent AAMRR-sponsored road races in the east, our curiousity was aroused concerning this new organization— how it began, what its aims are, what progress is being made, etc. We contacted AAMRR executive Walt von Schonfeld for clarification and following, in its entirely, is his reply.
IT TAKES six cross-country bike men of very special caliber, all riding to the limit on virtually unbreakable motorcycles with a turn of speed to boot — and extra doses of luck — to win the International Six Days Trial. But none of them are working any harder than the individual riders, club team members, factory team men, or Silver Vase contestants for that matter.
OFTEN HAVE WE SAID, “the day of the single is over,” and we believe that in time, this statement will become truth. However, for the present, there are single-cylinder engines that do the kind of job that makes our long-term prognosis sound a trifle silly.
BRITISH-BUILT SCRAMBLERS are in many respects as alike as peas in a pod; yet, each has very distinctive characteristics, and from a rider's point of view, they are not really at all alike. We have already tested a brace of these, and are pleased that we have been able to add a third: the Cotton Cougar.
IT HAS BEEN SAID, and with great accuracy, that without the pneumatic tire we would all still depend on the railroad and horse-drawn wagons for transportation; the motorcycle and automobile could never be more than impractical toys without this inflated rubber and fabric ring between their wheels and the ground.
DOES ANYONE remember the all-enclosed “Chimera” 175cc launched by Aermacchi at the 1956 Milan Show? It was an interesting design from a factory which had entered our field soon after the second World War, producing “big wheel” scooters and three-wheeled trucks (Aermacchi was one of the most famous fighter plane producers of Italy but, of course, after the war they had to look for another activity).
TAKING OVER on lap 13 from Joe Leonard, George Roeder went on to win his third National Championship race of the season, the 20-miler at Sacramento, California’s one-mile dirt track, and wound up the season only one point behind new Grand National Champion Dick Mann in final standings.
IN A SEEMINGLY IMPOSSIBLE RECOVERY from serious injuries sustained several weeks before at Freeport, Illinois, Dick Mann and his Matchless G-50 reigned supreme at the 50-Lap T.T. National held at Ascot Park in Gardena, California. Not only did Mann break the track record and lap all but second and third place finishers in the first-ever T.T. win by a 500cc single-cylinder machine at Ascot, he clinched the Grand National Championship for 1963 by one point over George Roeder and will sport the coveted Number One plate for 1964.
TV’s Peter Brown (center), starts on his Honda. Official starter J. C. Agajanian flags off a group of riders. THE FIRST RUNNING of the William E. Johnson Invitational Road Sports Rally was a smashing success! Over 350 participants started the 190-mile run through the magnificent mountain and desert scenery of Southern California, trying to keep on “key” time to qualify for one of the handsome awards, particularly the Sweepstakes trophy brought all the way from England by the originator of the run, Mr. Edward Turner, Managing Director of Triumph Engineering in England.
THE FINNISH GP, run at Tampere, was the 9th event in the classic road racing championship, held on the 3.6 km long circuit of Pyynikki Park. 30,000 spectators gathered for the event and saw Mike Hailwood in top form win the 350cc and 500cc class events on his MV fours.
THE 41ST ITALIAN Grand Prix (or more exactly, the Gran Premio delle Nazioni, or National GP, as it has always been called by the organizers), held as usual over the fast and famous Monza circuit, was run in fine weather. Over 50,000 racing fans had the pleasure of seeing a clear victory by Provini on the Morini over Redman’s Honda in the 250cc class, thus raising hopes that a world title could be brought back to Italy.
THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE RACING By Mike Hailwood and Murray Walker, Cassell and Company, Ltd., 35 Red Lion Square, London WC-1, England, approximately $3.00 plus postage. MIKE HAILWOOD, Britain's brilliant young 500cc World Champion again in 1963, was quick to win admiration and a reputation for his superb racing skill and unassuming modesty when he started racing only six years ago.
SWEDEN, A nation having the best men and machines in International mote -cross competition now has a new engine for the 500cc class. Designer and manufacturer of the new engine is Sweden’s young motorcycle engineer Nils Hedlund, with facilities just outside of Stockholm.
Just thought you’d like to see a picture of a Honda enthusiast, his name is KB and he is the mascot of the KBKW Radio Station in Aberdeen, Washington. KB enjoys motorcycling as much as my husband and I, although we are “Limey” enthusiasts and ride an AJS, not a Honda.
RIDING ON SNOW AND ICE is ordinarily thought of as sport for only the tougher types; not so since Jawa introduced their snow specials which are fitted with ski-like skids. These machines have been in use for a number of years by the Swedish Army and are virtually impossible to fall off of since in an emergency they simply lean on their skis.
FROM GO-KART, out of Mini-Bike, comes the Vantech scrambler, a genuine motorcycle powered by a go-kart engine. Vantech Engineering in Visalia, California, builders of the little lightweight, having gained extensive experience in designing and building parts and speed equipment for the two-stroke engines that power go-karts and mini-bikes, and being motorcycle enthusiasts at heart have put a great deal of time and development into what may soon become one of the hottest contenders in the 1OOcc class.
SEVEN MOTORCYCLE and two motorscooter makers will exhibit their products at the 10th Tokyo Motor Show. Showing motorcycles are Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha, Tohatsu, Bridgestone, Pointer, Lilac and Kawasaki-Meguro, while Silver Pigeon and Rabbit scooters will be on display.
WELL, THE INTERNATIONAL Six Days trial is over for another year. See the full report of the event elsewhere in this issue; suffice to say that the British effort was poor in the extreme with two riders out of the trial on the first day. Every congratulation must go to the M.Z. mounted riders of East Germany who carried off the Trophy and with it the right to stage the event next year.
High tensile aluminum alloy rocker arm nuts, available for BSA, Honda and Triumph. Priced at $1.60 per set for twocylinder engines and $0.90 per set for singles, these lightweight nuts reduce weight in a critical place. Available at your motorcycle dealer or through Webco Inc., 218 Main St., Venice, California. White Motors at 1514 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, California, now offers the new Streak motorcycle battery charger at a remarkably low price of $7.95. Features include: 6 or 12 volt settings, automatic circuit breaker, indicator light reveals improper connections, 1 amp charge rate and compact size.
New identifying T-Shirts, first in a series from Bug Engineering, Dept. CW, 330 South Irwindale Avenue, Azusa, California. This fine quality T-shirt, printed in red on both sides, is priced at $1.50 post paid. Next in the series is the “Bad Guys" T-shirt, printed in black on white.
A magneto flywheel puller for Honda Cub, Yamaguchi SPB and Ace 80, also fits other Japanese motorcycles using the same type magneto. This tool is a real time saver, the cost is a nominal $2.75 from Pacific Basin Trading Co., Box 327, Athena, Oregon.
The new Hyland hone set for honing all small bore engines, from 3/4 inch to 2 inch bore sizes. Three sets of stones included in each set, together with drill motor flex-drive. Priced at $7.65 from Mattix Manufacturing Co., 10423 South Vermont Ave., Dept. CW, Los Angeles 44, California. Proven in outboard boat racing, Excelzall two-cycle, non-detergent petroleum lubricating oil is claimed to give exceptionally clean combustion, superior lubricating film, functions under extreme temperatures and stays mixed. Excelzall is made by Addzip Additives, makers of Blendzall racing castor oil, in Escalon, California. Available at your motorcycle dealer.
ALL THE NEWS which we read about Mike Duff and his excellent riding, tends to overshadow the exploits of another Canadian, Gunter Sauren of Hamilton. Gunter, married and with two children, is riding for his second season in European moto-cross events, and this year has shown a marked improvement in form.