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Thanks MO. Great story and pics. Man, what a scary sounding bike.



I've got an old record (given to me by John Morton, ex-factory Jaguar racer) that has a recording of a D50 Lancia at Monte Carlo in 1955 (driven by Alberto Ascari shortly before his death at Monza later that year).



Sounds quite similar, like someone ripping a sheet of steel in two.



 

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Re:Retro Racer

A good inexpensive bike for competition in vintage class road racing is the 1968-1973 Honda 350 twin (CB/CL) series.

Lots of aftermarket parts are available, you can get over 50 hp with the right mods. Check out these links:

http://www.bore-tech.com/CB.html

http://www.weravintage.org/

One guy in England even makes a roller-cam conversion, claims 60 hp. And since so damn many of the 350s were made, parts (and bikes) are no problem.
 

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Re: M.G. V-8 designer dies March 2nd, 2005

Moto Guzzi designer Umberto Todero dead at 82, March 2nd 2005.

Todero worked for Moto Guzzi for 66 years and had his hand in just about every motorcycle developed by Moto Guzzi from the 1950s on.

Todero is best known for his involvement in Guzzi’s racing machines, specifically his work as a race mechanic during the 50s and his close work side by side with Cesare Carcano on the design and development of the Guzzi 500 V8 in 1955.

(cut from MC Blog)
 

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Re: M.G. V-8 designer dies March 2nd, 2005

Oooh, thanks, calling him now. Maybe I can trade something...
 

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Re: M.G. V-8 designer dies March 2nd, 2005

Looking at it tomorrow. It's a 250, but WTF. Thanks.
 
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