Run What Ya Brung Pub­lic Track Day

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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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