Old Bike Australasia - - BOB LEVY’S ‘WEDGE’ -


WHEEL BASE con­ver­sa­tion re­volved around Bob’s rac­ing past and inevitably the Ch­ester­field Wedge and its ap­pear­ance as the cof­fin-car­ry­ing out­fit in the movie Stone. As dis­cus­sions and in­ter­est ex­panded Bob brought in some his­tory on the Wedge, pho­tos, mag­a­zine ar­ti­cles and the ul­ti­mate car­rot, draw­ings of the frame lay­out done by Brian Payne some ten years ear­lier. It tran­spires Bob had in­tended to re­build the Wedge a decade or so prior but for one rea­son or an­other, the pro­ject stalled. We con­tin­ued to dis­cuss the Wedge un­til late 2013. Then, and I’m not sure who said it, but the state­ment was made let’s stop talk­ing about it let’s re­build The Wedge. The first Pro­ject Wedge meet­ing was held 9 Novem­ber 2013 at Beau’s Bikes. Present were Bob Levy, Beau McFarlane, Jeff Boughton and Ian Dal­limore. As a re­sult of the meet­ing we es­tab­lished what we had avail­able. A set of Brian Payne sketches of the frame. Bob had a Kawasaki Z1 en­gine, two mini wheels, a set of dual throat 40mm Web­ber car­bu­ret­tors, a set of Citroen front and rear brake cal­lipers. At the con­clu­sion of our meet­ing Bob un­der­took to call Brian Payne to set up a meet­ing with the view to dis­cussing the finer points of the Tranzac frame. Bob set up a meet­ing at Brian Payne’s house for Satur­day 23 Novem­ber 2013 with the same group present. The meet­ing was very fruit­ful; Brian was able to pro­vide us with many of the de­tails of the way he’d put the frame and hubs to­gether. Brian just kept sprout­ing de­tails; tube sizes, bear­ing sizes, ground

The team to­gether again. Bob and Mal take the ‘new’ Wedge around Lake­side in 2014.

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