The Mar­tini man

Old Bike Australasia - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

I read your friendly re­view of the Mar­tini Yamaha (OBA 63) and the pic­tures, some of which, the black and whites of Mike Hail­wood on the bike, I took! Not that I’m look­ing for cred­its you un­der­stand. It was just a pleas­ant sur­prise to see the story. I had worked as a me­chanic on the

Con­ti­nen­tal Circus in ’64 and later press stuff, at first for Bruce Cox at MCW in Cal­i­for­nia, but the XS11 fair­ing was my first ven­ture into work­ing on con­cept de­sign work for man­u­fac­ture. It suf­fered dur­ing pro­duc­tion de­vel­op­ment, los­ing some sub­tlety, gain­ing girth and a lot of weight, but Dave Bean, Yamaha’s tester loved it be­cause he could smoke at 100 mph on the Au­to­bahns. It led to me work­ing for Yamaha for 20 years, and Suzuki, Hes­keth and then another 20 for Tri­umph from start up through to the Bon­nevilles. Th­ese weren’t pen­sion­able jobs so I’m still hunched over bloody com­puter all day now… John Mock­ett Northamp­ton UK

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