Classic Racer - - CLASSIC RACER ARCHIVE - Tony

Dear CR I have a cou­ple of ques­tions that I hope can be an­swered by some­body with a bet­ter mem­ory or bet­ter ref­er­ences than me. The first con­cerns the crash hel­met of Fu­mio Ito dur­ing his brief 1963 sea­son. My mem­ory is that the main colour was a light blue, but there was some sort of de­sign in a white oval at the front. The pho­tographs I hold are not clear enough to see this, but it doesn’t ap­pear to be the crossed tun­ing forks of Yamaha or Ja­panese flag that might be ex­pected. My sec­ond ques­tion is about the fair­ing colours of Jawa dur­ing the 1964 and 1965 sea­sons. My draw­ing at the time is of grey above pur­ple, but I sus­pect this owes more to child­ish imag­i­na­tion than re­al­ity. I know they later moved to red and white, so maybe the lower colour in the above years was red, but it is clear from black and white pho­tos that the up­per colour is not white. Maybe a pale blue to match the Czech flag or sil­ver/grey? Any ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion would be very wel­come. G Shim­min Taun­ton Som­er­set

Hello G Thank you for your let­ter. It is now open and on the iden­ti­fy­ing floor of CR’S let­ters page where upon thou­sands of peo­ple, many of whom are ex­perts in their field, will no doubt an­swer your queries in full.

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