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Peter Collins MBE Jawa Speedway Machine


My first choice was the Peter Collins MBE

Jawa Speedway Machine, a 500cc. Peter was world champion in 1976, but I picked it simply because it is so glittery, with bright red and blue glitter on the silver tank and frame. It jumped out at me. And 50bhp with no weight or brakes! It was one of the four bikes Peter used in 1975 and the Jawa engine was showing the old tried-and-tested JAP engine the door. This Jawa has Dellorto SS1 carb floats, which were better than the standard Jawa ones.

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