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

Friday, 15 February 2013

orpheo sincronic sociedad anonima

one of the bike's, amongst all the exotica at telford, that i kept returning to was this little 250 ossa racer, an ex mick grant race bike, [mick never actually raced it but ran it in practice at scarborough], the four-speed engine housed in a frame built by mick's legendary sponsor and bike enthusiast jim lee, [hence the 'jl' helmet design on grant's helmet, carried as a tribute to the man, check out pictures of mick riding everything from formula one honda's to the ill fated  nr 500, trust honda, everyone else was racing highly strung two-strokes and honda decide to compete with an oval piston, 500cc, 32 valve, [count 'em], 8 spark-plugged four-stroke, excuse me?, sorry, off topic there, you are either a 'stroker fan or you ain't, sorry, but that's the way it goes, i love them, dangerous, chalky, mick, barse and most of the rest of my mucker's hate them, when i got home and downloaded my pictures to my library, i kept going back to this one, i know nothing about ossa'a, [or tossa's as mrs b says when she caught me looking at pictures of them on the tinterweb], i looked them up and discovered that they had a famous rider, santiago herrero, i knew the name and can remember that he got killed racing at the tt in 1970, [somewhere between the thirteenth and doran's bend?] when i searched the mighty tube there's a lot of footage of him racing, the film that just hit me straight in the gonad's was this one, i don't speak any spanish, or, by the grace of god, french, but i know enough to order two beer's, if anything ever summed up being a racer then this was it, please be warned, it contains very distressing scenes, there's not the usual smash, bash, crash of a 'normal' racing incident, just the reaction of 'santi's' wife, mechanic and pit crew, post accident, fucking hell, life's just so fragile..........

4 comments:

  1. It's a French forum, and you'll have to sign up to view the pictures, but more info can probably be found here
    http://www.pit-lane.biz/t812-oldies-santiago-herrero-y-la-ossa-monocasco
    Also worth it for the epically long thread from Derbi & Aprilia 2 stroke godfather Jan Thiel on the RSA 125

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    1. monkeyfumi, thank's very much for the lead to the pit-lane forum, fascinating stuff indeed, still got a lot to read up on that's for sure! cheer's, tim.

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    2. No worries, I check out your blog most days (quite enjoy the race bike builds and show pics, source of inspirition) but usually don't comment. Glad I could give something back(however small).

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    3. thank's for checking the blog, appreciate that, feel free to chip in with any comments you like, it's nice to get idea's and opinions back, tim.

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