Run What Ya Brung Public Track Day
Where Santa Pod Raceway, Podington When Sunday, February 5, 9.30am-5pm Entry £25 Info rwyb.com
You don’t have to apply for a race licence or own a superbike as most people just run normal bikes. All you need is a bike licence and £25 to do unlimited runs against the clock. We say Commonly confused as a flavour of Nespresso by the younger generation, Santa Pod has been hosting drag races for more than 50 years. If you’ve never tried it, why not? Just don’t be upset if you are beaten by a Transit with a supercharged V8 under the bonnet.
work out. “I work better on my own,” he says. “I’m difficult to deal with because everything has to be right.”
William likes to take an idea, then create a bike from start to finish. “Some people don’t want to pay the money for a hand-built motorcycle. They are happy with a few bolt-ons, which is fine, but I don’t do that.
“I won’t copy someone else’s style of bike, either. I’ve had people come to me and say, ‘Can you do it like this Wrenchmonkees bike,’ and I tell them to go see Wrenchmonkees. I like Scandinavian furniture – it’s pure and simple. I look at bikes in the same way.”
As William’s fame and fortune have spread, BMW and Triumph have commissioned him to create one-off specials to show the possibilities of their base bikes. But it’s his determination to make new parts for every bike he builds, and his refusal to work to a timescale, that sets him apart.
“Of course you can find cheaper bikes than mine,” he adds. “But the people building those bikes won’t spend four hours making a fuel cap.” ■ See more of William’s creations at clutchmotorcycles.com
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