another perfectly good motorcycle ruined.......

Sunday, 15 July 2012

festival of a 1000 bikes

looking for footage on you-tube of the irving vincent's at the festival of a 1000 bikes and i stumbled upon this gem, posted as 'ajs 7r and vellocette venom at the festival of a 1000 bike's', there was still a recovery van on the circuit, hence the slow start at the beginning of the footage as the travelling marshal's try to keep everyone in check, but check out the view and the sounds from the rider's point-of-view, of the racing heritage out on track, at 0302 the first of the irving vincent's makes an appearance, at 0318, your's truly appear's, [on the left of the camera bike], only racing the fucking norton tt bike, [on the right of the camera bike], and the second irving vinny at 0319, into the shaw's hairpin and matey on the norton goes in too hot and i pass him! [0330], this is 1500 hr's on sunday afternoon, most of the punter's are on the way home and we are out there, riding the bollock's off old bikes, we ought to have a chat with ourselves, check out the legend sammy miller at 0920, stood at the side of his van waiting to make a sharp exit from the paddock..........

festival of a 1000 bikes

 tucked against the armco barrier adjacent to the start and finish straight, we stumbled across this little gem, i thought it was a rob north framed trident on first peek, [hey, i was  thirty yard's away and the old eye's aren't what they used to be, give me a break], as we got closer i realised it was a 500cc twin tucked inside the frame rails, it really is a jewel like little bike, the engine sits high in the frame, only the primary chaincase protudes outside the genuine rob north frame rail's, the bike wasn't running, the bloke who own's it had just run out of time but was riding his other bike at the festival, he told us the story about he got the bike as a project, he was laid up in bed with a migraine and his mate came around to see him, his mate picked up a copy of 'classic racer' magazine and on flicking through it found the bike in the small ad's, he show's it matey's missus and she buy's it him for xmas! that's what's brilliant about the festival, it's not just the bikes, but the stories of the people behind them too..........