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PostSubject: Practice at Brands...   Mon Feb 02, 2015 7:13 am

In 1967 I spent several months getting the  exhaust pipe the right length and  pistons the right shape and had a bit of  fun for myself because I just enjoyed it there... These were mostly Wednesdays and -- when free from meetings -  on a Saturday as well...
 
Sometimes it was "Racing" because there´d be the twit on a big road bike blasting the straights and screwing-up the corners and Icarus-1 would keep annoying the rider by sneaking past on the Club Circuit corners --  á la a Dommie rider who complained to the I.C. Circuit that I had purposely run into him on the connection from Bottom straight  into Clearways.

I.C. circuit, with dirty home-rolled fag hanging on his boittom lip  came as I was freeing the piston from the barrel and he refused to let the Dommie rider try anything further in the way of compensation  -- see, he told him, `twere an accident `cos `izz pisston seized...´

I feel quite sure we had no proper insurance -- anyone know anything about that?

Is there anyone  else on here who went practising at Brands in the late  Sixties ?

Those were the Good Old Days when it was  10 Bob a session or a  a quid for All Day ...

Sometimes Star riders would be there and the bright sparks would try to emulate them and I remember Phil Read and two others (names forgotten)  taking over a whole session and putting on a good show of `Racing´ or us "Others"...

I think it was 1967´s Boxing Day when I was alone there for the first session and realised why -- my fingers were icicles....!

In some respects -- other than the latter --  it was better than competing at a pukkha meeting ...

Cheers!
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PostSubject: Re: Practice at Brands...   Sat Mar 28, 2015 8:27 am

Hi John B.

I've only just seen this thread, and I did go to one Wednesday session at Brands Hatch in 1966. I was racing a DMW Hornet 250 at the time, and had a friend by the name of Jim Robinson who made a single drum, TLS front brake. He got the DMW factory to agree to fit his brake in the "works" six speed Hornet, and I had the job of testing it at Brands.

The brake worked well, but a small slip-up, in how it was fitted to the forks, caused it to lock on after a few laps, and I came to a juddering halt. The circuit was not busy, and it was a rather uneventful day. I do remember that you had to be very careful on the exit from the hairpin, 'cos there was a small (about 6" dia.) but deep hole in the tarmac! There was nothing to warn you about it, you just had to watch where you were going and avoid it.

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PostSubject: Brands....   Sun Mar 29, 2015 4:53 am

Nice one about front brake difficulties JayCee I had one at Lydden which goes with an explanation / picture on here some time back. Nipple had pulled off the front brake cable and I fitted a cable that was far too long and didn´t have time to fixed it properly inside the fairing and during the race the cable found its way out and onto the front tyre. The first pic shows the cable a little way out and later when it is a long way out and ready to wrap around the wheel such that it snatched on the brake. Pity the photographer missed the next bit where I was sliding on my fat ....

We should have on here an "Indiana Jones on a Bantam" competition for the best story of the GOD (Good Old Days) times...

Harrison Ford -- the original Indiana Jones -- put his vintage plane neatly down during a forced landing (failed engine) recently on a golf course ...

.... wish I could have done that. Three things I´ve really enjoyed in my life -- although I could only afford the middle one of the following: Racing motor bikes, Downhill ski-ing and flying. I had lessons in gliding and power flying and had to give it up because of motor-bike racing ... Golf I did because of its challenge -- cannot say I enjoyed it because the balls I used were never going in the right directions or far enough --
-- some might say it
-- JayBee, is all balls again!!

Stay cool,

Cheers!

JayBee........
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