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1931 Norton “TT Replica” ex Elwood Stillwell
Thanks for your interest in my rare racing Norton. I purchased this bike circa 1995 form an old racer friend Bob McCoy of Windsor Ontario.
Bob raced Nortons and Rudges mainly in the 1930’s. His good friend Elwood Stillwell specialized in racing Nortons and in particular the one
I now offer for sale here. Bob’s anecdoteal history of the bike states that it was raced in 1931 at Brooklands and the Isle of Man Grand Prix in 1930. In 1932 it was
brought to Canada by Dennis Griffin. It was sold to Bert Frinke in 1932 who raced it at Savannah Georgia. In 1934 Elwood Stillwell acquired the bike
and raced it at many venues and according to the famous historian Dr. Harry Sucher and documented in his book “Inside American Motorcycling” it was
Stillwell who was cheated out of victory at the inaugural 200 mile professional race at Jacksonville ( precursor to the Daytona 200). I have original pictures
of Stillwell on this bike in the pits and starting line at that race. This bike also competed at the notoriously dangerous Langhorne Pa. dirt tack where it lapped
at over 84 mph and finished a respectable 9th on a 4 year old bike against then current factory racers from Indian. I also have a picture of Elwood on the bike with his racer
friends from the Windsor/Detroit area lined up in advance of the first running on the beach at the inaugural Daytona 200 in 1937. According to Bob,
Elwood campaigned this bike up into the 1960’s and even taught flat track techniques to young aspirants.
The bike has deviations from stock as you can well imagine having been raced so much. The correct rare “3 stay” frame is there although it was changed circa 1932.
The wheels and mudguards are not original although both are period correct. The tank is “home made” welded steel by Elwood circa 1936. The engine, close ratio racing gearbox, racing magneto ,racing clutch
oil tank, and bronze bodied correct TT Amal carb are all original and in excellent condition.
The bike was a good runner when I acquired it and has only been partially dismantalled for inspection. It will be reassembled for shipping. No cracks in the cylinder head, beautiful bore and good
big end, excellent cam box ,cams and followers, all important considerations. This is a real “period piece” that I feel should be preserved as is for the most part. It is only for sale as I wish to diversify
my collection as I consider 8 cammy Nortons excessive and I am up to my ears in other projects.