Saturday, February 28, 2009
I want to share some of the Castrol ones with you.
Called "Castrol Achievements". I'm unsure when they started or ceased printing them, but I have copies from 1931 to 1967 as well as two commemorative editions... 1988-1949 and "The First 50 Years"...
I've not got them all, but come close to it....
I'm involved with book auctions, on a postal basis and haven't seen copies for come years. I don't actively chase them on Ebay, so it is difficult to comment, including prices.
"Keep a weather eye out" as they say....
Illustrated are covers from 1931,1933 and 1934 copies.
The front-i-piece from the 1933 booklet, two illustration from 1938, the Scottish Six Days Trial and George Eyston after a successful world speed record attempt.
A page from the 1899-1949 and 1955 booklets, and a view of the 1967 and the two special period booklets.
Of course the contents only illustrate those successful riders, drivers, pilots etc who used Castrol products.... if you were contracted to another oil company as for example Stanley Woods ( Mobiloil) then you don't feature......
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Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Let me take you back to 1961….
The following photographs were scanned from a book published for Honda Motor at the time….
Titled, “The Race For Leadership”, the publication details are included in a scan below.
They clearly show the enormous effort the Japanese, in particular Honda Motor, made to be a force in motorcycle racing on the world stage.
The photo of the staff at Honda R and D in 1961 is staggering.
How could the British and European factories could hope to compete with this?
The fact that MV Augusta and some Italian factories did for as long as they did is amazing.
It was a steamroller unleashed.
The photos and items tell the story…
Left click on images to enlarge….
Acknowledgement is made to Mitsutoshi Kondo the editor and The Motor Sports land Ltd, publishers, for use of the items.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Time for another
As I mentioned in an earlier foray into pen and ink drawings from the motorcycle media, graphic art has changed dramatically-- …. lets have another look into the1930s and onwards when graphic artists, cartoonists and the like, armed with pen, ink and pencil recorded the images of the day in concert with the film camera.
Acknowledgement is made to Mortons Motorcycle Media owners of the copyright for "The Motorcycle" and "MotorCycling" and to the families of the artists for use of the images.
The engine is Freddie Friths 1948 IOM Junior TT winning 350cc Velocette engine and the view of the motorcycle "cockpit" is a 1961 Velocette Venom Veeline model...a 500cc sports Velocette with fairing fitted as standard.
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009
The Design and Development of Small Internal Combustion Engines.... IMechE conference in IOM, May-June 1978....
It was listed at NZ$70.95, but remaindered at NZ$10.
I purchased one as I said and drove around to Ken McIntosh of McIntosh Racing's workshop on the way to the airport to catch a flight to Sydney.
When he saw it and I mentioned there was still one left he begged me to go back and get it for him...which I duly did.
The cover and contents pages are illustrated .....
It contains some interesting scientific papers, not the least from Jack Williams of AMC on the development of the 7R AJS after he took over as development engineer.
Some items from the paper are included below.
Another interesting paper was from B.Johnson the technical manager of Amal Ltd., detailing development of the production carburettors for motorcycles.
The section I found interesting, and the relevant page is illustrated, is a comment on the Mk.1 Amal concentric carb.
Seems, because it doesn't have a jet block and so has an irregular bore shape, the bhp available when it is used is reduced by 2% - 4% usually at the peak torque area....
My memory when I was racing was that riders couldn't change their amal monobloc carbs for a concentric fast enough...
Just how you would get one of these , would I feel, be difficult, as I can't ever remember seeing a copy for sale since then.
I guess a check on the internet may find it on an IMechE or some such related site.
The publication was...
ISBN 0 85298 394 8
ImechE Conference Publications 1978-5
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Friday, February 13, 2009
The Williams Bros., picture is in Wentworth Avenue, Sydney, which recently was the "home" to many motorcycle businesses and there is still one left... Action Suzuki.
The picture is in 1923 and a notice on the shop window refers to a success by Douglas, locally during 1921, and another refers to the 1923 models. The line-up of Douglas motorcycles is an order of 15 for the Australian Gas Light Company Ltd.... presumably for their gas meter readers to ride...
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Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Continuing with another selection from Allan Schafer's literature collection, now in my custody....
Allan Schafer of Grafton, a town in northern NSW,
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Interesting the comment on the back of the photo of Jim Whalley..he seems to claim he is ( presumably in 1937 ) to be the only motorcycle agent to have entered a machine that won the Senior TT (1930).
Well my records show Walter Handley won on a works Rudge, not Whalley…but in my comprehensive pile of TT programs, the 1930 Senior program is missing, so I can’t check on who entered Handley….
He may be correct.
Whalley rode in the IOM TT races from 1921 to 1930, retired heaps of times and was 5th in the 1921 Junior TT on a Massey.
Sunday, February 8, 2009