BENDING THE RACING RULES
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…