One of the cool things about the blog is that it connects me with like-minded folks all over the world and I get a fair bit of mail with photos and stories. One such loud guy is Tony Jones from Cape Town, South Africa, and he sent me some pics of his very tasty and frequently thrashed Harris-framed Montjuich-powered TT. Tony wrote: “Great site, keep up the good work. My name is Tony Jones, born in 1954 and live in Cape Town, South Africa. Been riding/racing bikes since I was 15, went to sea as a marine engineer, which put a bit of a damper on my racing activities for a while. Had a DT400 (the one with the yellow tank) in those days which I kept on board and would try to get ashore at every opportunity, had great fun racing the Vespa's round the back streets of Valencia and Genoa. Got into Duc's a few years ago with a Pantah 650 but always had my eye on a TT, eventually found one in a 'barn' out here, actually a replica, but it had all the right parts: Harris frame, Marvic rims and Montjuich motor. Originally came from the U.K. and was said to have been built by Sports Motorcycles. Raced in BOTT's for a while (#111 in pic); hence the supermono bodywork, slicks and WP GP forks. Have recently restored it to 'original' bodywork and running gear. Motor is based on 750 cases with 851 crank, Carrillo rods, ram 90mm pistons, twin plug big valve heads, MBP collets (of course), NCR 07 cams, 41 FCR carbs, Corse clutch and Kroeber ignition. Made 85 hp on the 'before' dyno runs.
Historic (hysterical) racing out here is pretty strong with two main classes, classics up till '76 mainly Brit bikes and vintage superbike up to '83, limited to 1100cc with engine cases externally the same as period….” Loud or what? There’s a link to an article covering his exploits at the The first event of the year at Cape Town's Killarney circuit here. No two ways about it – Tony’s loud.
Also truly loud, Gary Patton’s recently photographed Ducati 750F1 Montjuich prior to a good thrashing at Laguna Seca this past fall. Gary’s been racing this bike since the mid 80’s and is shown in the photo to the far left leading Mick Ofield at Laguna Seca in 1987. As I sit here typing away, I can’t help thinking with envy about Gary and Tony; either of whom can probably head off to a racetrack next weekend for some hot laps while I sit here freezing my butt off in this arctic wasteland I call home. Even worse, they could be on the track right now…
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