Historic Racing: Between the Hedges of Isle of Man, Part 2, In The January Issue

Historic Racing: Between the Hedges of Isle of Man, Part 2, In The January Issue

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        “Returning home after my thrilling and scary real (public) roads racing debut at the 1976 Southern 100, it was decision time as to what chassis to buy in order to improve the handling and reduce the weight of my Norton racebike.

        “There were really only two choices: Rickman Metisse or Seeley, but both of these companies were no longer making the frame I needed.

        “Fortunately a friend of mine had started a business called Vendetta, making replica Seeley frames with Colin Seeley’s permission. It so happened he had a Mk4 Vendetta Norton frame from a cancelled order. 

        “A trip to Wales in my trusty Thames (pronounced “tems”) van procured the frame, swingarm, engine plates, and information as to who could make the aluminum fuel tank and where I could buy the seat and fairing…”

            “Historic Racing: Between The Hedges, Part 2,” by Mick Ofield


      Mick Ofield skipped a year to get his Norton race-ready, then went for it in 1978. His results? Second place and a surprise award for the highest-placed British four-stroke machine! Read the details of his accomplishments in the latest issue of Roadracing World!

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