[quote="beng"]If you look at about 3:47 in the video clip you can see a Norton 88ss go by, one of which took second overall ahead of ALL other 650s and first in it's class, with it's two-tone fuel tank. I would say as much or more of an accomplishment than the 650 bike.
I have heard that a dolphin fairing was an option for the Norton Dominators at some point in the early 60s, but I never saw any factory literature supporting that claim.
One of the bikes in the video has a dolphin fairing, so someone was smart enough to have it listed for their bike.
For 1961 and 1962 the 88ss had a manual advance k2fc magneto, the only Norton twin so equipped besides the Nomad Scrambler. In one of Roy Bacon's books, which he had help with from some factory people and the Norton records etc., he states that only 175 of these 88ss bikes went out altogether. Various sanctioning bodies requiring a minimum number available to the public to make them legal for racing.
This is why you will find a few 88ss bikes in the USA, Berliner had to import them beside the 650 and 750 bikes so that they would have something to race against BSA Goldstars etc. in AMA racing, which demanded that race bikes were "production". It is odd that the AMA let the Berliner's import and race the three "Daytona 88" bikes which were stuffed full of Domiracer and Manx engine and chassis bits, but it happened.....quote]
Here in the UK the A.C.U. were, I think, very flexible with the rule book regarding production race bikes. It really depended on the race scrutineers interpretation of the rule book and what he/she could see with their eyes, if your bike was presented at scrutinizing with a kick-starter and lights, it could have a full race cam and close ratio gearbox; who was to know
There could be a lot of optional extras listed by the factory, or for some factories, naff all. Later on, the race scrutineers got a bit wiser on policing the bikes when they turned up themselves with the manufactures list of optional extras, some factories came as 3 A4 pages long.
The dolphin fairings were not made by the factories and were supplied by Avon, Churchgate Mouldings, amongst others, in the early 1960s, they were allowed on proddy bikes, whether it was listed as an optional extra or not- see what I meant about the rule book
In 1962 the Thruxton circuit in Wilshire was almost 10mph faster than the previous year. The chief reason was the revised circuit first used in Easter 1962 in which Windy Corner slow left and right hand bends were replaced by one fast right-hander.
The 500 Norton in second place finished Norton 500 was ridden by R.Ingam & F. Swift, third place was a privately entered 500 Velocette ridden by E.F.H. Boyce & T. Phillips, the same Tom Phillips who finished third in the I.O.Man TT on Norton’s works 500 Domiracer, I belive.
As practically all the bikes entered were either dealer or privately owned we wondered at the time who was doing the most to promote the bike model, the dealers who entered at their own expense or the bike manufactures who took great delight in publishing a full page advert in the motorcycle press at that time when their bike won
I took great delight at the time in following Honda’s so called “Black Bomber” being entered in the 500 miler and always getting beaten by the Geoff Donkin’s entered Velo Thruxton. Except one year when the Velocette broke down due to Magneto failure, (shades of Lucas Prince of darkness) that was the only time the Black Bomber won the 500 class.
Norton had ceased making the 500 Domi by 1965.