My Grandad at Ulster (Clady)

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  1. robs ss

    robs ss VIP MEMBER

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    Illuminated Address restore a.jpg Recently I was visited by a forum member who lives about 600km south of here (G'day Ash!)
    During his visit I pulled out an old illuminated address presented to my Grandad after he won the 1924 Ulster Grand Prix (his second win)
    He won the 600cc class (on Nortons) in 1923, 1924 & 1925. This class was changed to <500cc which he won in 1926 - again a Norton
    I thought some here may be interested
    Cheers
    Rob
     
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  2. robs ss

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    Screen Shot 2017-10-09 at 9.29.26 am.png ...sorry - meant to attach early results.
     
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  3. Fast Eddie

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    Seriously? Your grandad was Joe Craig? Blimey!

    What on earth would he think to you riding around on those dreadful pushrod things...?!?
     
  4. robs ss

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    005.jpg Spot on Eddie!
    Apparently he expressed strong disapproval when my dad started racing a Dommi in the early fifties, to the extent that Dad, through his relationship with the Goodman family, changed to racing a KTT Velo.
    I'm not really sure as I never met him but my Mum assures me much of the negative press is unwarranted.
    I think it's a fairly common thread for people who are unable to defend themselves.
    Anyway - in modern times there are those that are getting seriously good performance out of pushrod things - even the singles that Joe was apparently fixated with.
    ...although not entirely. He moved to AJS just before WW2 and worked with Phil Irving to develop the Porcupine (nearly horizontal twin) which was designed for supercharging.
    When this was banned after the war and, apparently AJS would not fund "proper" conversion to atmospheric running he left to go back to Norton.
    I think the Porcupine only ever won one GP race at the hand of an Australian (Les Graham??)
    Here's one more shot of him in the 20's
    Cheers
    Rob
     
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  5. speirmoor

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    Wow what a great piece of racing history to have. Thanks for sharing.
     
  6. ashman

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    Fuuny story really when Rob showed me the poster I started to read it and then told Rob I had seen this poster before, Rob told me straight away that there are only 2 in existances the one he has and his brother has the other, but I said I have seen it before, found out that Robs brother is Mick that I have met at my brother in laws place, he lives in the shed there and he showed me the poster hanging on the wall in the shed, Mick is a sort of care taker at my brother in law place when Tom is away working, Tom live at Agnes Water about a 2 hour drive from Robs place, Mick helped me out when last year when up at Agnes Water the throw out bearing blew in my Land Rover Defender and Mick towed me to the repairers.
    Its funny how things fan out as it was the first time I met Rob when visiting a friend up in Gladstone, both Rob and myself are building a 650 Dommie, mine is a Manxman and Robs I think is a 64 model but I haven't done much with mine for the last 3 years, to many other things on the plate, hey Rob we might have a race to see who gets on the road first mine is being built as a caferacer as I don't have to many orginal Manxman parts that came in the boxes of parts.

    Ashley
     
  7. Danno

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    Very cool to have some relics of your storied ancestor.
     
  8. acotrel

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    I was looking at a video on Youtube yesterday, there was a photo of McIntyre and somebody else, both leading a race while mounted on AJS Porcupines. - Bit of a surprise for me, I did not think they ever became competitive.
     

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