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post #341 of 459 (permalink) Old Feb 24th, 2018, 4:12 pm
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That's one of the rare Hailwood IOM TT companion bikes built for Steve Wynn and it had weight saving smaller diameter forks, an experimental frame and used a plain end bevel engine.........

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post #342 of 459 (permalink) Old Feb 25th, 2018, 4:10 am
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That bike is Tony Rutter's F2 TT winning Pantah, built by Steve Wynn from a written off 500 road bike. Ron Williams of Maxton modified the frame and suspension and Rutter romped to the win.

Yes, the Ducati factory continued to race the bevel bikes long after they were competitive and I think that they all ended up using the electric start - probably easier than push starting.

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Yes, the Ducati factory continued to race the bevel bikes long after they were competitive and I think that they all ended up using the electric start - probably easier than push starting.
That makes sense because of the square cases. Sorry to labour the point, but I can only find left hand pics, did the later bikes have the NCR dry clutch, and associated casings?

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I don't think so, all the pictures of square-case racers from the period show a standard wet-clutch cover. I get the impression that the later racers in the Italian championship were proper factory racers, rather than NCR bikes. The special Hailwood type crankcases were declared illegal by the FIM which is why Hailwood's 1979 bikes used square-case engines with wet clutches.

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Thanks mate that makes sense.

I was looking at some racing pics from 2000. Remember this Aussie and his lawnmower, he was a firm believer in 'if they pass you, pass them back next corner'...



Siberia Phillip Island 2000. Pic source, me mrs.

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did the later bikes have the NCR dry clutch, and associated casings?
Der moment, obviously I was looking at a wet clutch.
Perugini's bike has a matching square case alternator cover rather than the rounded NCR item.

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Her's a question for you guys Down Under - is dirt track still a popular sport? Do road racers still graduate from dirt track? Jack Miller may be on the way to being a Great, but I don't see any other Aussies coming through like they used to. All the ultimate racers seem to learn on the dirt, and I doubt that we'll ever see another great road racer from the USA, now that the AMA championship is not combined like it was in the days of the Greats.

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Her's a question for you guys Down Under - is dirt track still a popular sport? Do road racers still graduate from dirt track? Jack Miller may be on the way to being a Great, but I don't see any other Aussies coming through like they used to. All the ultimate racers seem to learn on the dirt, and I doubt that we'll ever see another great road racer from the USA, now that the AMA championship is not combined like it was in the days of the Greats.
I don't think you'll see anyone that isn't part of some "machine" that spits out racers like they have in Spain (for example). Grass roots bike sport isn't what it was here, we need something like the organisation that grabs pre-teen kids and moulds them into racers like Lorenzo, Marquez and Pedrosa. Add to that the lack of sponsorship here...

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Couple of pics from a recent ACT Duke show.






Check the rear view of the tt2 in the background of the final pic.
Cheers to Woody for posting elsewhere.

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