Bikes were not predominant in the Goodwood Arena but of outstanding presence all of them. We had the street bikes; cafes, bobbers and other classics on one side, and then the racing bikes competing in the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy. The “Le Mans Start” race was open to 350cc to 500cc, built from 1962 to 1966. Mostly Manx Nortons, we also could enjoy listening to a handful of Matchless G50s, two MV Agusta 500/3s, a Ducati 350 Desmo, a Gilera 500/4 and a Honda CR450. Last but not least we could also see a pack of classic motocross motorcycles riden by old champions like Les Archers, Don & Derick Rickman or Dave Curtis.
The work and craftsmanship styling on all bikes was incredible. Celebrity mechanic crews dressed in impeccable gowns were rushing to have their rides sound for each race. Open boxes were a great opportunity to learn the insights of british motorcycle racing from the best practitioners in the world.
Norton 500SS Racer with low boy frame. The bike that was destined to become a star but destiny had other plans.
The Motocross chaps.
If you have heard the Roar of a well tuned Norton Manx engine being revved you know what it feels like, but imagine the minutes before the start, 20 Norton Manx heating up at the same time!!! Insane.