Rare ma­chines for Bo­nanza

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There will be plenty of fa­mous names and mo­tor­cy­cles at Easter at the 2019 Shan­nons In­sur­ance Broad­ford Bike Bo­nanza, but none more highly cre­den­tialed than the fab­u­lous ex­works 350cc Moto Guzzi Grand Prix racer rid­den dur­ing the 1956 and 1957 sea­sons by sev­eral Guzzi works rid­ers, in­clud­ing our own 350cc World Cham­pion Keith Camp­bell. This in­cred­i­bly rare ma­chine is now owned by Ron An­gel, and will be on dis­play through­out the week­end. The light and ag­ile sin­gle cylin­der 350 Guzzi works bikes were the class of the field, de­feat­ing the four cylin­der Gil­eras and MVs and the age­ing British sin­gles to take the World Cham­pi­onship in 1953 and 1954 (Fer­gus An­der­son), 1955 and 1956 (Bill Lo­mas), and 1957 (Keith Camp­bell) af­ter which Moto Guzzi, along with Gil­era, quit the GP scene. Ron An­gel’s ex­am­ple is one of only two six-speed models built by the fac­tory. The other has long since dis­ap­peared, mak­ing Ron’s bike to­tally unique. The Guzzi will be just one part of an in­cred­i­ble dis­play of 15 bikes from the An­gel col­lec­tion, rep­re­sent­ing ev­ery­thing from one-off cre­ations to ex-works bikes. An­other unique ma­chine ap­pear­ing at Easter will be a replica of the first CB750 Honda-en­gined rac­ing out­fit built any­where in the world (see OBA 77 page 111). Both the orig­i­nal and the replica were built by side­car leg­end Lind­say Urquhart – the orig­i­nal cam­paigned with im­me­di­ate suc­cess. With help from his son Rob, Lind­say has recre­ated the fa­mous out­fit, which will take to the track for demon­stra­tion runs over the week­end. This year’s Bo­nanza, from 19th-21st April, will show­case 50 years of the Honda CB750, plus a huge num­ber of side­cars from all rac­ing dis­ci­plines.

TOP The 350cc 6-speeed Moto Guzzi. ABOVE More fab­u­lous Ron An­gel bikes: 250cc Tam­burini, 500 Pa­ton, 125 Kawasaki, 250 MZ and 250 Bi­mota. RIGHT Lind­say and Rob Urquhart with the nearly-com­pleted CB750 out­fit.

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