Re­veal all at Pen­rite Bo­nanza

Old Bike Australasia - - MOTO GUZZI V7 • IRON MAX • VEE TWO • JAMES AUCTION -

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.

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