From the Ar­chive

Classic Racer - - WHAT’SINSIDE -

Three mag­nif­i­cently cap­tured mo­ments in time for you to en­joy at your leisure be­fore one gets into the meat on the bones of this is­sue of Classic Racer.

YEAR: 1961 // LO­CA­TION: MONZA // STU­DIOUS CON­CEN­TRA­TION AND HARD WORK, WATCHED BY TWO LO­CAL LADS TAKING IN THE ‘OPEN WORKSHOP’ AIR

In a rac­ing sea­son where Stan­ley Michael Bai­ley Hail­wood had graced the podium seven times (three of those at thett where he be­came the first racer to bag three vic­to­ries in race week – 125cc, 250cc and 500cc races) there was much work to do. A newly-emerged Honda fac­tory was keen on in­no­va­tion and ideas. The time was such that lit­tle thought for any other race team’s needs war­ranted much con­sid­er­a­tion. This wasn’t about who had the big­gest garage at the track, or even who had a garage – or a handy shed to put things in. This was about the right mo­tor­cy­cles, prepped the right way so that the right rider could make the most of them. Mike Hail­wood casts an in­quis­i­tive frown to­wards the Honda’s mo­tor. Nobby Clark, nat­tily at­tired in the su­perb Honda Mo­tor Tokyo over­all, judges the mood of the rider with a quick glance whilst sort­ing out the en­gine on bike num­ber two. Tense, isn't it?

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