TRANZAC CHASSIS DETAILS
: OLD BIKE AUSTRALASIA
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.