Regarding the first Norvin. I corresponded a lot with John Surtees regarding his Norvin, which he claims was the first in the world. He obtained from his father, Jack a second hand Black Lightning motor, and his father borrowed from Eric Oliver a second hand Manx featherbed frame, as Nortons would not supply a new frame to him. John kept the Norvin together for a month, and then handed back the parts to the rightful owners. After riding it for a while, he thought it was top heavy. Now, with the Bill Horsman story, Bill has forgotten to tell you that his friends and mates call him Barney. Bill started his career riding on a Knuckle Harley as a passenger with Len Wood, on a Lui Narsisi Harley at the Rowley Park Speedway in Adelaide back in 1958. Bill is a plumber by trade.
Paul Wilkins Adelaide, SA