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1957: Fuel short­ages hit

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The Bri­tish bike in­dus­try was still go­ing strong in 1957, although Nor­ton had be­gun to strug­gle on the race­track and the Ital­ian firms had started to en­joy race suc­cess with MV Agusta, Gil­era and Moto Guzzi lead­ing the charge.

It was Gil­era’s Libero Liberati who took top hon­ours in the 500 GP series, with Bob Mcin­tyre, who was also on a Gil­era in the run­ner-up spot. The only Bri­tish rider to win a world crown in 1957 would be Ce­cil


Sand­ford in the 250 ti­tle chase.

Ce­cil took two wins in the sixround series aboard a Mon­dial. For­mer tri­als su­per­star Sammy Miller was third in the 250 world cham­pi­onship and fourth in the 125 series – also on Mon­di­als. Ital­ian rac­ing su­per­power Mon­dial were ap­proached in 1957 by Honda for a bike. Soichiro Honda wanted in­spi­ra­tion as he turned his at­ten­tion to the track. An orig­i­nal Mon­dial 125cc race­bike is now the first bike on dis­play when en­ter­ing the fa­mous Honda mu­seum in Motegi, Ja­pan.

‘I said, let the for­eign bikes in. If you don’t, you would never know what you were up against’

THIS WEEK IN... 1957

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