Brett, thanks for posting that. I couldn't bring myself to read all of it. Rod Tingate is a lovely guy and really suffered when Kim Newcombe died, as he picked up the pieces and got Kim's wife and effects home to New Zealand. You might enjoy this video. After Kim died Rod was offered the ride by Dieter Konig, however came home instead. The replica Konig has been paraded, not raced and unlikely to be.
That is a fascinating story. Thanks for posting Brett. I read the story and have started watching the video in the link at the bottom - Love, speed and loss. I had heard of the Konig's but must admit I new very little about them or of how they were developed by Kim Newcombe. Such a sad loss of a very talented man taken way too young.
Met his Dad in a fish'n chips shop one evening . Said " He died doing what he loved ," a few other words along the lines of better to die a hero than live a coward ( if he hadnt done what he believed he should ) He himself thought he would probly regret it more if he had tried to stop him / hadnt supported him , or WHINED and antagonised him .
The Japanese response to ' styling ' , was to add more .
Some people go through life without experiencing the sheer joy of riding a fast motorcycle on a race circuit. I look back on my early racing and I marvel that I am still alive at age 71. I would not have missed it for quids. I suggest we all need to get our priorities right and live a little.
Good post, I must swat up on my Kiwi racers, I see Ginger Malloy from time to time at the club meetings and at the track with his Bulltacos, I'd talk to him but " I'm not worthy" Saw that Konig replica a few years back at Puke, pretty cool machine. I should read the book on Crosby as he was pretty amazing in his day too.
I watched Ginger Molloy race the 350cc Bultaco in about 1970 - very impressive. Hugh Anderson is interesting, he told me he had the choice of working in the mines in NZ or road racing un Europe, so he became World Champ on Suzukis. He also said 'on your day, when you are good, nobody can beat you' !
Bernard, at the Classic TT an original bike was raced by a Dutch racer who has owned it from new. That is just a beautiful thought to linger on. I know there are 2 others in the UK & the rebuild of 1 was featured in Classic Racer. CRMC rules are pretty specific about replicas & copies.
What can you do with an old GP bike ? The historic guys already get freaky about such things as trick frames - Seeley, Rickman etc. When historic racing started in Australia in October 1973, it was sold as a way of preserving old race bikes. It became the only source of constructors' and development classes. The guys were racing so cheaters became the norm. These days it is impossible to find a mint Manx Norton, they are all modified. One was even bored to 700cc. I suggest that if you find an old GP bike, use it for parade laps and buy yourself something different to race .