Mike Sinclair

King Kenny’s span­ner-man

Old Bike Australasia - - EYES RIGHT - By Kerry Swan­son

Pub­lished by Bate­man Pub­lish­ing. www.bate­man­pub­lish­ing.co.nz RRP (NZ): $39.99 incl GST 332 pages soft cover ISBN: 978-1-86953-956-6 Avail­able from: www.fish­pond.com or www.mightyape.co.nz

To re­fer to Mike Sinclair as a ‘span­ner-man’ is a bit like call­ing Michelangelo a house painter. In a 25year ca­reer, Mike Sinclair be­came one of the most highly re­spected race en­gi­neers in the busi­ness, pro­vid­ing the tech­ni­cal in­put to rid­ers like Pat Hen­nen, Randy Mamola, Wayne Rainey, Ed­die Law­son, Jean-Michel Bayle, Norick Abe and Kenny Roberts Ju­nior. More of­ten than not, it was Sinclair’s re­lent­less pur­suit of per­fec­tion, con­tin­u­ous in­no­va­tion and thirst for the com­pet­i­tive edge that made the dif­fer­ence be­tween win­ning and los­ing. He was one of the first to delve into the black art of elec­tron­ics, when that area was lit­tle un­der­stood out­side the For­mula One world. The life of a GP race en­gi­neer is a largely in­vis­i­ble one of in­ces­sant ravel, late nights (of­ten all-nights), ex­per­i­men­ta­tion, tri­umphs and tragedies, and Mike Sinclair has ex­pe­ri­enced the full gamut. After his stints with

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