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Old 09-23-2013, 02:26 AM   #76
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Our mate, Jan...

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Old 09-24-2013, 03:19 AM   #77
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Jan is quite a guy. (In a paddock full of them..). He's been developing this race bike for a long long time, racing all over Europe and here on the Island. A one man band, doing most stuff himself, like laying down the engine, cold air ducting to his homemade carby, his cute little cable linkage on the front brake, ( copied by many top teams..), and a heap of other stuff.





Good enough for consistent 90MPH laps around the Mountain Course, on his 'slow' engine this year, and a finisher.





I just hope that I have the energy and drive he has when I'm 72 YEARS OLD!
What a guy! Inspiration.
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Old 09-30-2013, 05:02 AM   #78
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A day in the life....
Our mate Col has been racing his 500 Honda at the Island in various guises since 1981. Also races it non stop in the UK and Europe. His trophy cabinet is fair loaded.
So having lost a day to weather, then having a serious detonation issue, which seized the second ring to all pistons, ( IoM fuel is notorious...),we have one last attempt to put in 2 laps to Qualify...
Parts are ordered from the 'big island' overnight, and we do what we can to get ready....





The little girl on the left (13 yrs old),rides a ex Nial/Taylor McKenzie 125GP bike, and embarrasses a lot of male adults!


Morning. First things first....


Coffee!


Reinforsments arrive, but no parts!!



So it's Plan B. Make do with what we have. Put an engine together.





The machine shop...converting from Magneto to Electronic Ignition.





The piston polishers club..



Appearance still important.



Coming together, with time getting short....



Startup!



To scrutineering. Next to the ex Johnny Cecotto Yam 500....



All good. Ex Eddie Lawson Yam behind....ridden by Mark Miller...

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Old 09-30-2013, 05:28 AM   #79
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Last chance. But at least we're there..in the madness.



Not sure we needed that. ( The laughs never stop.)



Posed shot with daughter before the off.

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