NEATE RAC­ING HONDA, ECS MAXI CLAS­SIC

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Reign­ing Euro­pean Clas­sic En­durance cham­pi­ons Neate Rac­ing are a fam­ily team. John and his sons Steven and Sam are the rid­ers, while John’s wife Amanda and Steven’s wife Suzanna look after pit sig­nalling and garage cater­ing. The team’s main ma­chine is a 1979 Har­ris Mag­num MKI with a 1123cc Honda en­gine of the type used by the Honda Bri­tain team in the early 1980s. “You wouldn’t be­lieve how well it han­dles for an old bike,” said Sam, happy to get some rac­ing in dur­ing a busy sea­son span­ner­ing for BSB star Shakey Byrne. The team’s backup bike has an­other 1123 mo­tor, with an ex-ron Haslam cylin­der head, in an ex-ray Knight/fred Huggett P&M chas­sis.

The bat­tery had to be changed halfway through the race, but the Mag­num got back in the fray and de­spite los­ing third gear it took the win by four laps from the Suzuki of Team Tau­rus.

‘YOU WOULDN’T BE­LIEVE HOW WELL IT HAN­DLES FOR AN OLD BIKE’

ABOVE: The Mag­num won, de­spite need­ing a new bat­tery

TOP: Com­bi­na­tion of ’70s frame and ’80s en­gine proved a win­ner for Neate

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