Clubman Classics is a personal blog inspired by the fearless, amateur road racers who competed in the 1947 - 1956 Isle Of Man Clubman's TT races and their production based machines.

Thursday 23 June 2011

VIDEO: Russell Wright - Vincent Black Lighting Land Speed Record

Brilliant period film clearly produced by Avon tyres surrounding Russell Wright's attempt at breaking several motorcycle land speed records.

Wednesday 22 June 2011

Norton Domi-Racer on Ebay

I spotted this interesting looking '59 framed Domi-Racer on Ebay this evening, how many have you seen painted green? Yours for £5,500.

The fibreglass tank would have to go! Some tasty parts though.

The owner states that the '53 motor comes with high compression, large valves and an alloy barrel. There is also a belt primary drive conversion and a close ratio 3rd gear.

Tuesday 21 June 2011

Cadwell Park Trackday with Patracking

Before next week's BHR race at Cadwell Park I decided to get take the opportunity to gain a day of valuable track time by hiring an immaculately prepared Honda CBR600RR track bike from Patracking, a UK track bike hire company run and owned by Patrick Tomkinson.

Without having to worry about keeping the engine running or over revving the engine and bending a valve, riding the Honda allowed me to concentrate on learning the track properly. Modern day 600cc sports bikes need to be kept on the boil to extract the full performance but they can still surprise a novice.

I was soon up to speed quickly learning to trust the seemingly endless grip and impressive turn of speed. My thanks goes to Patrick for providing a bike very last minute. For more information visit Patracking.

Tuesday 14 June 2011

VIDEO: Becoming a club racer with Bob McIntyre

Excellent period footage including some early on-bike shots featuring Bob McIntyre and Joe Potts.

Monday 13 June 2011

First time out: Norton Manx 350

Based around a 1954 chassis and a later '59 350cc engine, the Manx is in near standard form apart from the modern silencer helping it pass strict noise regulations at many smaller race tracks.

The bike will run at Cadwell Park next week in a non-competitive track day in preparation for the Biker's Classic event at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium on July 1st.

With help from Andy Savage the machine now runs very well and should provide a keen novice rider with a few thrills around the hopefully sunny Lincolnshire 'mini-Nurburgring'. If all goes well this season, a possible belt primary drive and 5/6 speed conversion could be on the cards for next year.

As it's my first time riding the Manx in (relative) anger I have also booked some valuable tuition provided by Club MSV at Cadwell to help me with racing lines and to spot any areas of my riding showing room for improvement.

The full report from Cadwell will follow.

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