Contents: Clipboard – Satellite gets serious about the GPs, what the foreign press said about the Misano farce; On the Grid – Gary Cowan; Technical matters; Rewind – Great rider boycotts of our time starring C Mortimer; Four-Way Street -a gearchange by gearchange lap of Laguna Seca with Mamola, Schwantz, Lawson and Rainey; TV Times -putting motorcycle racing on TV is a complicated business, this is how the BBC do it; Gallery – Pons and Ruggia elbow to elbow in the centrespread; Suspension of Belief -active suspension and the sinle-sided fork come to motorcycle racing; Alan Cathcart track-tests the Ikuzawa Honda single cylinder racer; Dynasty – Yvon Duhamel was one of the great racers of the ’60s and ’70s, now his sons are ready to step onto the world stage; Racewatch – what really happened at the Misano GP plus Mette; more
On the cover: Two-time AMA 250cc National Champion John Kocinski in his 500cc Grand Prix debut.
Features: Suzuka 8-Hours; Hail to the Kid – from Wisconsin to Belgium with John Kocinski; My Greatest Race – Geoff Duke remembers the 1951 Belgian GP; Coming to America – World Superbikes invade North America; AMA National Roundup Grand Prix Roundup; more
Contents: Road Tests: BSA Victor, BSA Spitfire Mk. II, Yamaha Twin Jet 100; 4-Cylinder NSU “Mammoth”; “Go Anywhere” Motorcycle; Racing on Ice; AMA Races at Daytona; Motorcycling in Mexico; Passing of a pioneer; Europe’s Pre-War Circuits; Vincent’s New 3-Wheeler; New Mounts for Minter; Road Racing Japanese Style; more
Dick Klamfoth, Groveport, Ohio BSA star, continued his mastery of the Ohio State Fairgrounds track to win the Ohio State Motorcycle Championship for the fourth time. The 10th annual running of the 20-lap, 10-mile Legion-Arrow classic was an exciting one, but after a two-lap battle with early leader Glenn Jordan, 1957 champion, Klamfoth was never headed…
Harley-Davidson takes first two places in the Grand National Champion Point Standings. Five straight years “Number 1″ in the Nation! That’s the distinction held by Harley-Davidson ever since the inauguration of the A.M.A. point standings back in 1954! And, in finishing first again this year, Harley-Davidson riders took the top two places in the standings…earned over half the National Points awarded…won more National Championships and set more New Records than any other brand! Carroll Resweber of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, took the Grand National Champion title with 36 points. Joe Leonard, last year’s winner, placed a close second with 35 points. Hills, tracks, beach and road race courses, every type of speed competition saw Harley-Davidson out in front! You too, will come out ahead when you own and ride a winner, an exciting 1959 Harley-Davidson! See ‘em, ride ‘em at your Harley-Davidson dealer today!
Jawa, the world’s best two-stroke wins the most outstanding success in the history of the International Six Days’ Trial. Czechoslovak riders win international trophy, silver vase, two club team awards, four manufacturers’ team awards. All 20 Czechoslovak riders on Jawa machines that started in this difficult event finished without penalty to win gold medals. Ride Jawa – the machine of winners.
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Honors galore were heaped on Carroll Resweber, three-time national motorcycle racing champion, as over 300 residents of this small community gathered at a testimonial dinner to pay tribute to his racing accomplishments. THe “champ” was literally floored when he presented with a fire-engine red 1961 Chevrolet by Tom Vasey, representing the Cedarburg Chamber of Commerce…
Triumph T120 Bonneville riders Dick Dorresteyn and Skip Van Leevwen scored a “double-double” victory in the recent California State T.T. Championship race…Photos below (left) Expert and Novice trophy dash winners Dorresteyn and Van Leevwen receive congratulations from Johnson Motors’ Pete Colman, pert trophy gal Charlene Mercer, and Program Director of Agajanian Enterprises, Don Basile (an enthusiastic cycle rider himself). (Right) Dick Dorresteyn, the pride of San Pablo, Calif., wheels his Triumph T120 Bonneville through half-mile corner of the 8-turn De Anza course on way to decisive victory at California State Championship TT.
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Not all racers recollect how or why they started, but most know how and why they retired. There are three ways out of racing and all the paths cross one another. The racer can spend his way out of racing; he can be carried into retirement; or he can opt out of the racing scene. Bob Gutschow, Lyall Sharer, Bruce Finlayson – none ever became a national name. All are exracers who know one another but as racers no one knows them. Once they helped fill the racing ranks, but they live by other labels now. They represent the vast unknown body of retired racers. And each took a familiar path out of racing…
We paid this man nearly $4000 an hour. He’s Rusty Bradley, winner of three consecutive major races on Kawasaki’s H1. That’s the racing version of our Mach III street machine. For his hours on the track at these top events, Rusty has picked up $10,000 in prize money from Kawasaki. Which comes to $3,910.83 an hour.
And that’s a bargain. Because it proves what we’ve been saying all along – Mach III is a born winner. The facts speak for themselves:
Rusty topped the field at the Talladega Inaugural Amateur Classic in the fastest time ever recorded for this division – 104.448 mph. At Daytona’s 100 mile amateur, his 100.723 mph average set a new track record. In the Laconia amateur, he won with a record-breaking average of 72.47 mph. In all three races, Rusty was a private entry. Sponsored and maintained by Boston Cycle, Kawasaki’s Boston dealer.
Now, are you ready for the Mach III street machine? It’s the fastest production machine made, with an actual speed in excess of 124 mph. Highest power-to-weight ratio, too. 382 lbs., 60 hp. Plus CDI electronic ignition system with no points to set or wear out. And so much more. More than enough to show you what superior power and performance is all about. Mach III. At your Kawasaki dealer’s now.
Daytona: The Race that changed your racing chances
Here on this handsome asphalt track better known as the sports car battlefield – 47 motorcyclists raced their machines in the first FIM Lightweight Event ever held in Florida’s racing capital. 38 gruelling laps later on the 1.66 mile course, Moto Kitano of Tokyo, riding a Honda got the checkered flag to win the lightweight race. Kitano, a factory rider rode his special-built factory machine, a 4 cylinder, double overhead camshaft 250 cc (cost in the neighborhood of five figures, we understand). Second to him was Mike Hailwood of Oxford, England, riding another special factory job, a Mondial 250cc in the uppoer four figure cost class.
The real surprise performance of the meet, however, was the amazing showing made by the NSU’s. The talented young Louis Giron of Guatemala City rode his NSU in third position. Followed by Jess Thomas, Fort Worth, Texas who, despite a bad start, raced his converted NSU Superman past 43 riders into fourth position. A fantastic proof of the success of NSU conversions.
This race proved one thing. The average racer has a better than average chance to enter the winner’s circle. Expensive special factory machines are available to only a select few. “Production racers” proved no faster than NSU’s. The average racer, with an NSU Speedkit can now convert any Supermax to a Supermax C-28 (28 HP) – the same machine Jess Thomas rode. And the Supermax costs just $599 – the Speedkit under $200 – altogether less than $1000. We’d suggest you see your NSU dealer in time for the Spring and Summer events or write to NSU Cycle Products of U.S.A.
Photos: top – Louis Giron in FIM Lightweight race riding an NSU 250cc; bottom left – Salvatore Soto of Guatemala City leads Jess Thomas out of the S curve; bottom rigtht – NSU Supermax C28 gets loving attention of L. Giron, D. Weagel and J. Soto
Cover Photos – Catalina Actin Shot with #10 Lance R. Biscoe, BSA 30.50, L.A.; #16 Bob Beasley, Velocette, 30.50, Takoma Park, Md.; #20 Roger White, Tri 40″, Norwalk. Shaking hands, #101 Ralph Adams 1st in 200cc and #18 John L. Siebrandt, 1st in 250cc. Bob Sandgren, winner of open event.
Contents: Catalina Grand Prix; South’s Annual Stone Mountain Enduro; Bay City Hill Climb; Johnson Motors News Flash; A New American Motor Scooter (Simplex); My Trip to the Alcan; Cushman for 1957 Motor Scooters; more
Photo: Jim Hunter won more points than any other scrambles rider in District 37 (Southern California) during the 1964 season. This earned him the Number “1″ shown on his BSA; If you have good riding ability, you need the power and superb handling of BSA motorcycles. Why? Because only the best design and components have gone into their manufacture. Thousands of top ranking competition riders have discovered this, and their current purchases of BSA 40 cubic inch twins, 30- cubic inch twins, and the powerful lightweight singles have more than doubled last year’s record. One of the few riders in the world to have ridden motorcycles over 200 miles per hour is Jim Hunter of Southern California shown above with a few of his many trophies. His choice of BSA for scrambles is obvious. See why for yourself at your BSA dealer.
Cover: A fitting tribute to the outstanding star at Daytona International Speedway in March is this speed study of Gary Nixon astride his winning Triumph. If you’re the eagle-eyed type you may have noted that Gary was wearing white leathers in the 200-Mile AMA National Championship. Photographer Jerry West snapped this fine shot during practice (Undoubtedly the status symbol of a successful racer will now be the ownership of two sets of leathers!). The day before the 200 Nixon also copped the 100-miler for 250cc Class riding a Yamaha.
Contents: Gary Nixon Profile; Daytona Races; New Honda Trail 90; Disc Brakes for Mike Hailwood; A Gilera 4 in Idaho; Two New BSA Lightweights; The 2-Stroke Engine; A New Suzuki; That Was the Race That Was! – Catalina; Great Mountains of the West; Munich Flashback; British Powerhouse; more
Grand Island, Neb., July 4 1918 – Don Johns of Los Angeles, came home the winner in the 100-mile motorcycle race, the main event of a fast card of speed stuff pulled here this afternoon before some 5000 people. Johns piloted his Indian into first place, covering the 55 laps of the 1.8 mile track in one hour, twenty-two minutes and ten seconds. Frank Wood of Omaha astride a Harley-Davidson was place second; Hugh Murray of Denver rode an Indian into third place, while Floyd Clymer of Greely Colo., finished fourth on his Excelsior…
Pictured: 1. Getaway of the Bicycle Event. 2. Jack Bagley, 25-Mile Winner. 3. Don Johns, from California, who wheeled to victory in the 100-Mile.
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Cover Story: 1970 Daytona 200 Miler – the 750 rule creates a whole new scene at this great classic; Road Tests: Honda SL-350, AJS 250 Y4 Stormer Moto-Cross Racer, Bultaco Pursang Mk. IV “America”; Cotton Minarelli Impression; Anual Elsinore Grand Prix; Legalizing an expansion chamber; High Mountain Enduro; Yamaha Model Competition; Build a seat for your custom; The Motorcycle Specialty shop; Astrodome Nationals; Miss Modern Cycle; more
Cover Photo: A scene from the past as John Surtees rounds Governor’s Bridge on the fantastic MV four during the rain-plagued 1959 Isle of Man TT. A tribute to this year’s TT, a report of which will be found on page 8 of this issue. Photo by Joe Parkhurst.
Road Tests: Ducati 250 Scrambler, Triumph T-100 SR; Scooter Test: Rabbit Superflow; Road Impression: Rex KL-35; Contents: Isle of Man TT Races; Two-Strokes part 3; Greenhorn Enduro; Trailing; Little Burr; Heidelberg National; more