San­di­ford’s ISDT Cheney

Classic Dirtbike - - Letters -

I en­joyed the piece on Jim San­di­ford’s Cheney, but a cou­ple of things stood out as odd. The bike has been re­built as per 1971 – Isle of Man – spec, so why has it got the 1970 (when the ISDT was in Spain) – num­ber on it? There were a num­ber of changes, the most vis­i­ble be­ing the change of the orig­i­nal red an­odised tanks and the front forks. Nei­ther of those parts were re­ally up to the job. I can­not be ab­so­lutely sure but I think the pre-event trip to the Welsh Two-day was canned for some rea­son and the bikes were in­tro­duced to the as­sem­bled press out­side the Atomic Weapons com­plex in Berk­shire. (Bot­tom pic ) They then did an en­duro with writ­ten route in­struc­tions or­gan­ised by the Al­der­mas­ton No­mads Club. The top photo was taken af­ter the end of the speed test at the ISDT in Spain. I have more pho­tos from both years to add if needed. Brian Catt Email Thanks for this Brian, the bike was re­stored to the spec it came, maybe there were some slight dif­fer­ences but it is a stun­ning bike. TB

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