One day while out with the wife driving down to wales the radio signal goes,os on goes the CD then next we heard Murray Walker say "and at Governors dip we have Bill Ivy and Phill Read both on Yamahas"then we heard two twostrokes going down through the gears bliping at each change,then they are heard going up through the gears.
The wife slowly turns her head slowly then said what the hell is this,I turned to her and said its a man thing. She then turned CD over to the EFFing B Gees.God help us.
I have an MP3 player in my car uses CDs which hold about 180 tracks. I've got a few Podcasts off our ABC radio where old riders such as Doohan are interviewed. I listen to them along with music when I'm driving the 220Km to Melbourne. Matt, For your vinyl records and tapes, you need Clean4 and a turntable to capture the tracks as wave files and split them up, then do a conversion to MP3. Learning the programme will drive you insane, however after that it is easy. I'd really like copies of the old Sound Stories - I had them when I was a kid, however my babies tried to play them on a 78 RPM gramophone.
cc100k, would you please post the link ?
Tried Audacity to do the conversion? http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ Easy enough to use.
Still need the turntable though.
There are cheap - £30ish - turntable packages which do the conversion work.
Sound quality may be a bit iffy. According to a hifi snob.
The Sounds of the TT are great for ring tones!!
Once when in a Conference at where I worked I was an operations tech for Caterpillar UK,My phone went off with "over to sulby straight we have Jim Redman Honda 6, flat out ",What a sound !! you can hear the back wheel skipping on the bumps.
All very embarassing for me as everybody could hear it,but then the Yanks present smiled,but not my boss,we then carried on!! phew that was close.I retired soon after,so they went easy on me.
When I was a kid some of us took a keen interest in British road racing. We agreed back then that Bob McIntyre was about the best. Have you got the Duke Video 'The Right Line' ? Bob McIntyre was an extremely impressive rider. It was a real pity that he wasn't around for long, back in those days we use to race with pudding basin helmets. Even today there have been silly old buggers with vintage bikes who think they look good wearing them. I remember one of them falling off at about 30 MPH and getting killed.
No, the video thing sort of passed me by. I still don't have a telly.
The various Duke vids got shown at the club occasionally, or I've seen them being shown in bars, particularly French Sports Bars. Now so much of that stuff is on utube I guess I won't bother now.
Mallory Park was our local track, about 10 miles away. My Dad was an official in one of the organising clubs, and was always marshalling at every event. He got introduced to many of the top riders, and I followed on in his coat tails.
I do remember Bob Mac and Mike H having a go at a Race of the Year or maybe Post TT. Heroic stuff.
My first recollection there was John Surtees. One of the other marshals at our post (exit from Gerards) put a chalk mark on the track where Surtees ran during practise. He would hit that mark every time.
I also saw Bob Mac at the TT in 61. The first year Hondas came in force. He retired while running 1st on the 250cc, leaving the victory to Mike on a similar bike. A very sweet sour result. All the folk around us were rooting for Bob, and gutted when he retired. Mike was an acceptable alternative.
The Senior was fantastic. The Italian Fire engines getting beat. Mike riding the wheels off the Manx, besting Bob Mac. The Works Norton Domiracer came in 3rd.
Also in 61 I think, at the Post TT. The first time the works Honda team had been there. First time for their riders too. For some reason they were late and missed official practise - a big deal in those days. They should have been non starters. Anyway it was agreed that a few laps, being shown round by an old hand would be sufficient. Of they set two works Honda 4's following a Manx. First couple was a parade. Then it got wound on. A couple more at full chat. Unfortunately, their was an agreement with the village that during Sunday lunch, the track would be silent. An irrate phone call and the red flag shot up the control tower. None of the track marshals noticed, being intent on the scrap taking place. Joe and my Dad did notice however, and being track exit marshals, raised the red flag too.
So there is my Dad stood in the middlle of the track and three bike, all giving it some, concentrating on the line through the esses, and suddenly there is this old guy in the middle of the track with a red flag. All riders standing up on the back brake, fronts locked too. Big darkies along the track and I think my Dad nearly made a contribution as well.
From reading Mike Duff's book, I found out that Mike Hailwood never worked on the bikes. I know that Bob McIntyre did. Doing the development of the bike yourself while also riding is a much harder row to hoe. A good bike makes a good rider, and you don't become a good rider by riding a bad bike. In my own case I simply learned how not to crash, and how to outride other riders around corners. That doesn't teach you how to lead a race - there is a bit more to being successful. I wish I'd raced my Seeley in the 70s, it is really good stuff for what it is.
Hailwood didn't need to do any greasy stuff, his Dad was owner of Kings of Oxford, the UK's largest bike retailer. It was never a secret, Nobby Clarke was very good at it, working with him for much of his career.
I don't think that means he was a mechanical numbty though, he did after all, produce his own F1 car.
He won 9 world championships, first to win 3 classes at the TT in a week, held the TT lap record for years, would ride anything - proddy, MZ's and wierd Ducatis as well as the dealer prepped one he came out of retirement to thrash all of the new hot shoes on works Japanese racers. He did it because he loved it. He didn't need the money.
I have seen them both racing, and even racing together. Both were brilliant. Both from very different backgrounds and slightly different eras. Bit like choosing between the Stones and Zeppelin. Except we don't have to choose, we can admire and respect both for doing what they did, albeit in slightly different ways.