BENDING THE RACING RULES

Real Classic - - 1940 Matchless Model X - Peter Satchell

The Honda CB1100R ar­ti­cle in RC158 refers to the Cas­trol Six Hour races, which re­minded me of some­thing that has been bug­ging me for years. Maybe some­one might be able to an­swer?

In the 1972 race, the Frasers’Mo­tor­cy­cles Du­cati GT750 which ap­peared to place sec­ond at the flag and then fourth af­ter the lap coun­ters’records were tal­lied, was sub­se­quently dis­qual­i­fied be­cause it was found to have 450 pis­tons fit­ted. At the time it was re­ported that the rules, while stat­ing that the com­po­nents had to be fac­tory pro­duc­tion parts, did not spec­ify that they all came from the same model. This was clearly not in the spirit of pro­duc­tion mo­tor­cy­cle racing.

Else­where it is re­ported that the first 860s of 1974 were es­sen­tially 750 GTs fit­ted with 450 pis­tons and lin­ers. Was the Fraser’s bike the first 860? If so, this par­tic­u­lar ma­chine would have some his­tor­i­cal im­por­tance and might make for an in­ter­est­ing story even if it no longer ex­ists. Frasers still ex­ists and I have some pho­tos that I know in­clude this bike at this race…

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