In re­ply to Messrs Murfin and Owen

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Dear CR I must re­ply to both let­ters from Den­nis Murfin and Pete Owen in issue 190. Firstly, I have a replica Honda RC 162; I in­tend to race this bike in the very near fu­ture. It can be raced in Aus­tralia as a Pe­riod 6 250. Pe­riod 6 is for ma­chines made be­tween 1983 and 1990. As the en­gine is a 1990 model CBR 250 MC22 en­gine it fits into this class. There are cur­rently sev­eral other repli­cas in Aus­tralia but they are not be­ing raced. It is ob­vi­ously not com­pet­i­tive with a 1990Yama­hatz 250, how­ever, it will sound great and be some­thing dif­fer­ent. Re­gard­ing John Har­tle; l I had the good for­tune to buy a 500 Manx Nor­ton from John in 1965. At the time I was liv­ing in Sh­effield with two other Aus­tralians and be­tween us we bought two 500 Manxs and one 350 in a Reynolds frame. Every time we drove down the A1 south we used to call in and see John and She­lagh. I came back to Aus­tralia in 1967 and was dev­as­tated when I heard of John’s death at Scar­bor­ough in 1968. I still have the 500 Manx but have been rac­ingyama­has for the last 40 years; ob­vi­ously in his­toric rac­ing to­day. Great mag­a­zine which I have sub­scribed to for many years and which I re­ceive by air­mail. John Simms Email

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