1967 AND ALL THAT
Regarding the ’67 TT (CB June), I was there on my Thompson Suzuki Super Six – and I’m so proud that I was actually stopped on the Isle of Man for excessive noise! I replaced the original expansion chambers with Thompson’s full-race exhausts, which were deafening. My first encounter with a local motorcycle cop led to the advice that I keep the revs down past a house in Winchester from which complaints had been received. He asked me what it would do, to which I replied: “We both know the limit is 70mph”. The reply came back: “I know that, but what’ll it do?” “I’ve seen 100 round the bypass,” I admitted. “It must sound beautiful at that speed!” he said. Those were the days!
A more local-to-home constable later flagged me down, after which I fitted thin steel strips bent in a sinewave form in the tailpipes, which took the edge off it. Can you explain the photo of Ago’s 500 at the foot of page 54 in the ‘1967 issue’? Did he take a fourcylinder as well as the three? Finally, those beautiful Triumphs on pages 66-72 have huge brakes – 20.32in and 17.78in – ‘mush be shum mishtake!’ A most enjoyable issue. PHIL BLAIKIE Printing the incorrect Ago bike was due to a technical issue, as was the brakes info (a technical issue with our brains). Gary P