COM­MANDO RACER

Classic Bike (UK) - - YOUR LETTERS - JOE JOHN­SON, WOOD­LAND, CALIFORNIA, USA

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).

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