I enjoyed the ‘Commando at 50’ issue, especially the section on Peter Williams. Your readers might be interested in the Peter Williams 1971 race bike that I restored. I acquired it from a friend, Jim Crenshaw, an American who raced Norton on flat track in the 1970s. Much of the bike, including the frame, swingarm, oil and fuel tanks were provided to him by the Norton west coast distribution centre.
We believe Peter Williams built three prototype bikes before Players took over the racing team and that this is the first of the three bikes, which took second place at the Isle of Man.
This was not the best of the Commando racers, but led towards the development of the 1973 TT winner. This bike still had the original fuel pump on the swingarm to transfer fuel to the pannier tanks. However, we were not able to find adequate photos of the #1 bike, so completed the restoration to look like the #2 bike, as you can see in the photo (right).