Nor­ton missed a trick with Surtees

Classic Racer - - PADDOCK GOSSIP -

Dear CR, It has been well doc­u­mented that Nor­ton’s de­ci­sion to slow down and stop in­ter­na­tional, and se­ri­ously sup­ported, racing at the end of the 1955 sea­son was a mis­take born of a com­bi­na­tion of lack of fore­sight and in­vest­ment in key ar­eas, but what does any­one else think that Mr Surtees would have achieved had he stayed on at Nor­ton in­stead of shift­ing to MV? I have long won­dered where his ca­reer would have turned and, in turn, what that may have meant for the Bri­tish mo­tor­cy­cle industry at the time if he had man­aged to get Nor­ton to lis­ten to him and make a mo­tor­cy­cle that could com­pete and beat the Ital­ians. I be­lieve that he could have gone on to world crowns on a Nor­ton. Does any­one else share this view? John Pater­son

John, it’s one of those most fas­ci­nat­ing of ‘what if’ ques­tions about racing that we mull over many times in the CR of­fice. At the mo­ment we’re swing­ing towards the ‘MV was the per­fect route at the per­fect time’ con­clu­sion but that is likely to change sev­eral times be­fore the week is out! We would like to find out what other peo­ple think. The Nor­ton ‘what if’ as­pect of the story is fas­ci­nat­ing. Tony

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