A busy sched­ule

Classic Racer - - PEOPLE -

A Grand Prix in the 1960s was a busy day for both spec­ta­tors and riders. there were typ­i­cally six classes in a GP rang­ing from 50s to 500s plus side­cars. Ev­ery sin­gle solo class was packed with works ma­chin­ery and, in an age where the only tech­ni­cal re­stric­tion was the en­gine ca­pac­ity, there was a huge va­ri­ety of bikes on the start line. The top class was al­ways the 500 but this of­ten did not pro­vide the best rac­ing.the prob­lem was the ab­so­lute dom­i­nance of Mike Hailwood on the four-cylin­der MV Agusta. The 125cc and 250cc classes were the most fiercely con­tested, which makes Red­man’s achieve­ment all the more re­mark­able. In the 250cc class the first six fin­ish­ers were all works riders rep­re­sent­ing four dif­fer­ent fac­to­ries and com­pet­ing on sin­gle and four cylin­der four stroke ma­chines and two-stroke twins.

Mal­lory Park, September 26, 1964: From left to right Jim Red­man,vit­to­rio Car­rnana and Mike Hailwood.

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