Reveal all at Penrite Bonanza
The 2015 Penrite Broadford Bonanza will see the unveiling of a fascinating new engine completely built in Australia by long-established Vee Two at Nannup in Western Australia, and which is designed to fit straight into existing Ducati chassis. “We obtained original factory drawings for the very special NCR engine as used by Mike Hailwood to win the 1978 Isle of Man Formula 1 TT,” says Vee Two owner Brook Henry. “Those engines were built for one year only – 1978 – and I believe only around ten were made. Externally, our engine is a faithful reproduction, but internally, it is manufactured using modern materials and up-to-date design. The crankcases and other major castings are sandcast in high strength heat-treated aluminium, with many covers cast in magnesium alloy. On Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday at Broadford, we will be starting and running the prototype engine for the first time in public, so that should make a nice noise.”
The engine will incorporate the latest in weight saving materials, with a new design of cylinder with Nikasil bores and cylinder head using a steeper valve angle. It also features the unique NCR-style dry clutch and spinoff oil filter, with plain big end and main bearings. Vee Two will also be bringing to Broadford the Ducati raced at the 1994 Australian TT at Bathurst, where Alan Cathcart, who won the Post Classic event, will be reunited with the machine. Significantly, the famous Ducati is being prepared for Broadford by Alan’s son Andrew, who is now the general manager of Vee Two Australia.