Contents: Letters; Big Bear National Championship – taken by Aub LeBard; Annual Pikes Peak Dash – taken by Roger Hayes; Motorcycle Hot Rod Exhibit; Matchless AJS for 1949; Marcel versus Bob Controversy; The Powell P-81; Pledge of Safety; Sports Slants; Motorcycling is Proud of this Man – C.F. Carson; The Man Behind the Panther – Mr. Peter Marians; 30 Years Ago; Club News; Daytona Announcement; more
Back-Cover Ad: 1949 Norton Motors Ltd “The Unaproachable Norton” Ad
Built into every Norton motorcycle is all the vast wealth of knowledge gained in more than twenty years of unparalleled success on the road-racing circuits of the world. Take a good look at the next Norton rider you see…note the easy, natural riding position…the sparkling acceleration… the rock-steady braking…the hair-line steering on corners. That’s what “race-bred” means in a production model. Model ES2 illustrated above, is a well-established favorite with sporting enthusiasts. It combines at modest cost the superb high-speed handling of a racing machine, with the de luxe equipment of a fine road model. The 490 c.c. long stroke engine (79mm. x 100mm.) gives a fascinating reserve of extra speed. Overhead valves, push-rod operated, are totally enclosed and automatically lubricated….
Cover Photo: Sal Scripo (61A), Walter Balchunas and LLoyd Berry (15A) Display their racing wares at a past Season Eastern Half-Miler, photo by Norman P. Spiers
Contents: Letters; Daytona Flash; Pacific Trails Enduro; BSA Gold Star and Star Twin; New York Shows; Royal Enfield 1949 Program; Crotona Run; Don’t Let Your Sport Down; Across the Continent to Big Bear; Norton Vertical Twin; Post-War BMW; Sport Slants; 30 Years Ago; Club News; AMA Sanction Schedule; more
The Norton 850 Commando arrives at an intersection…somewhere between Brands Hatch and Tobacco Road.
There is a natural selection in motorcycling. Consider the kickstart lever of the 850 Norton. Some nine inches in length, the lever demands real muscle or weight to swing it through its arc. Those who can’t drop the lever down smartly, or those who don’t want to learn, or those who don’t want to be bothered – they all will pass to less formidable motorcycles. It’s a peuliar process of natural selection. Under-achievers may want a Norton, but find themselves unequal to the starting task. You may choose it, but bikes like the Norton must also choose you…
Fast and furious, gentle and smooth. Power to scorch the surface of a dirt track. Great rooster tails of rocks and dirt sent up as you turn ‘er on. (All over those poor chaps behind you.) Roadholder teledraulic front fork guides you through the turn, absorbing bumps, precise and sure. Full width alloy hubs on the big brakes cool quicker, allaying fade. Have a checkered flag! On the other hand you can trickle through big-city traffic…Norton…winner of 34 T.T.s Isle of Man
Contents: Big Bike Hot Setups; BMW; BSA; Bridgestone; Harley-Davidson; Honda; Kawasaki; Moto-Guzzi; Norton; Royal Enfield; Suzuki; Triumph; Yamaha; How to Buy a Used Bike; How to Buy Cycle Tires; Two-Cycle or Four?; Hot Cycle Goodies; Big Bike Drag Classes; more
Contents: Specifications for all Models; The Fury of the BSA; Moto-Crossers ride the dyno; The Parade of ’71’s; On the trail of the 125’s; Accessory Catalog; Motorcycle Sport Quarterly, the Buyer’s Guide edition specifically, is dedicated to solving any and all perplexities regarding your introduction to the sport of motorcycling. If the answer isn’t to be found somewhere in the tediously compiled charts of specifications or seat-of-the-pants commentary of one of our many tests…192 pages, softcover, condition: very good
1971 Spring Petersen’s Motorcycle Sport Quarterly Buyer’s Guide by Bob Greene available at www.DadsVintageAds.com
Thrills + Fun = Norton. A 750cc engineering masterpiece that’s been rated as the outstanding motorcycle in its class by experts! A twist of the throttle assures instant response from a meticulously prepared 60 h.p. engine of vertical twin design…an engine whose heritage is a direct line to 34 Isle of Man competition victories…
Cover: Winner of the 750cc sidecar T.T., second in the world championship 500 cc sidecar T.T., “Sideways Sid” – Siegfried Schauzu (BMW) takes Ballaugh Bridge in the smaller-capacity event.
Contents: Production Racing Notes; Moto-Cross – Jeff Smith writes; Velocette – a bike with a past (and a future?); Bob Holliday’s life on wheels; The Honda Four – road test; Jack Findlay in full color centerfold poster; 750cc Dunstall Norton Commando “S” test; Italian Grand Prix; Moto-Cross Grands Prix; British 500cc Motocross GP; Lightweight Manx Grand Prix; Junior Manx Grand Prix; Senior Manx Grand Prix; more
Kenny Hayes of Johnson City, Tennessee, whipped a field of almost 100 Amateurs to win the 100 mile amateur road race championship at Daytona at an average speed of over 90 miles per hour on his reliable 500cc Norton parallel twin; Frankie Scurria of Glendale, California, beat a formidable field of machines, including all those in the “unlimited” class to win the gruelling 200 kilometer (125 mile) road race over the 5.2 mile Sebring Grand Prix Circuit on his fast and dependable Norton 500.
Contents: Which one has the muscle? We dyno test: Honda Four, Triumph / BSA 3, Harley Sportster, Kawasaki III, Eagle, Norton, etc.; How to choose the right bike; The 1970 Models & Specs; Latest Custom & Sports Accessories; much, much more!
Ready for Norton? Only a seasoned cyclist with a lot of ability, experience and know-how will really enjoy the thrill of these high performance motorcycles… Shown: 1968 Norton OHV 750cc N15CS “Special” & 1968 Norton 750cc OHV P11A Scrambler
Cover Photo: Nick Nicholson, B.S.A., by winning a double victory, the Grand National and the 15″ class, led the B.S.A. team to four out of five victories at Catalina. Hard pressed by Bud Ekins, Matchless, with only seconds separating them for eight laps until Ekins retired, Nick, despite plug trouble, had just enough margin over Walt Fulton, Triumph, last year’s winner, to take it all.
Contents: Catalina Grand National; Norton Featherbed; History of Dodge City (conclusion); Pirates Treasure Run; more
Cover Photos: Highlighting this month’s cover is Miss Nancy Woodruff and the 1955 Lambretta Motorscooter. If the young lady looks familiar, it could be that you’ve seen her charming face on the nation’s billboards and magazines, as she is “Miss Rheingold 1955.” Reading clockwise, from the top right corner is the late Ray Amm on a 350 cc Norton in action in the ’54 German Grand Prix. In the center is England’s Johnny Hilton on a DMW MOto Cross in a 200 cc scrambles race at England’s Hawkestone Park. Bob McIntyre is shown well heeled over on the AJS Porcupine Twin at the Isle of Man Senior T.T. race. At lower left is NSU riders Hass and Muller keeping close company thruout the 250 cc race in the French Grand Prix at Rhelms.
Contents: Dodge City Highlights; New German Maico; Italy’s Ducati; “Two Plus One”; Chain Care; New Lambrettas Announced; Trials Riding Technique; Germany’s Adler; Turnout for Turner; Sport Slants; Norton’s ’55 Racing Plans; Indian Service School; Win Friends with your Motorcycle; more
Cover Photo: Across the top is some colorful action at the Winchester T.T. course in Pennsylvania. Jack Mercer snapped this shot with his Speed Graphic and 15 inch telephoto lens. In the lower left-hand corner, Jack (the Bear) Sackett gets into some fancy broadsliding on his Triumph at California’s Sir Kegian T.T. course several years ago. At lower right we find expert rider Stan Schmidt momentarily airborne as he climbs a hill on his Harley-Davidson in a recent Northern California hillclimb meet.
Contents: Tommy Byars wins Southwest Championship; Los Angeles Hot Rod Show; AJS and Matchless for 1955; Around the World with Angus “Red Beard” McMonnies; BSA Pin-up – the lvely Miss La Verne Daughery on a BSA B34 Gold Star Clubman; Vincent Sets New British Empire Sidecar Record; Grand Prix Salon; Ethel Russell recalls her 1919 motorcycle ride as Pillion Passenger to scenic Yosemite Park; Moto Guzzi Wind Tunnel; Jimmy Phillips / Pacific Coast T.T. Championship; NSU Technical Illustration; New York Thruway Opens to Motorcycle Traffic; Hap Jones Appointed West Coast Distributor of Norton Motorcycles; Werner Haas Benched?; Paul Goldsmith / Williams Grove Race; Velocette offers new Scrambler for 1955; Zundapp Sabre Road Test; Bill Martin / In Search of Suspension; History of Dunlop Tires; more
Features: The Eyes have it – Norton’s John Player Replica, a close up look; And you thought it was a dirt bike – making the Enduro to Cafe conversion easy; Over the counter Cafe Goodies; The Fine art of Cafe Racing; The Elements of Production Racing; Technical: From Wobbler to Winner – making the Z-1 Handle; Z-1 Fork Modifications; American Turbo-Pak’s Nifty Turbo for Hondas; A Turbo for the Yamaha; Better Bounce for the Boge; Heads-Up Honda; Bolt-On Black Magic; Puff, The Magic Norton; Road Tests: Ducati 750 Sport; BMW R90S; Interpart-Honda 750; Dunstall-Honda 900; Laverda 750 SF; more
Road Tests: 900 Kawasaki Z1; 750 Ducati Sport; 750 Yamaha TX; 850 Moto Guzzi Eldorado; 850 Norton Commando; 350 Yamaha RD; Features: How to go touring & camping; Superstition Mountain Pictorial; Torque Talk; Ripoff Deterence; Bug your Bike – Watergate got to you?; In Law Outlaws; Frantic Four – a Honda for Street Racing; Shade Parade – tips on choosing sunglasses; The Cycle Bum – why we dress the way we do; The Old Bay Mare; Lib for Two – woman and bike make neat combo; Street Racing the Honda 350 Four; Foxy Ladies – a bevy of beauties and bikes; more