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Surrey Branch will be helping celebrate 50 years of the Commando...

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Oct 29, 2017
from 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM


South of England Showground Ardingly, West Sussex RH17 6TL

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Celebrate 50 Years of the Norton Commando with Peter Williams at Ardingly 29/10/17


Its 50 years since the launch of the Norton Commando at The Earls Court Show in 1967, surely one of the most popular Norton’s ever made. At our next event at Ardingly on Sunday 29th October, at the suggestion of Surrey NOC, we’re celebrating 50 Years of the Norton Commando.


Norton Guru Peter Williams is our Guest of Honour and in honour of Peter’s visit bikes booked in to appear include the innovative original 1973 JPN Monocoque and an original 1963 500cc Dunstall Domiracer. These will take part in the popular Fire-Up Paddock. Norton works rider Peter will be on hand all day to talk with the public, and is bringing copies of his recently republished autobiography ‘Designed to Race’. This book was out of print for many years; with copies fetching extremely high prices on the internet, but now’s your chance to buy a signed copy direct from the author.


The celebrated JPN Monocoque Norton (bike ref 001) was the first 750cc stainless steel chassis built and raced by Peter Williams in the F750 races in 1973. Peter won a Formula 750 TT on the Isle of Man and 3 out of 6 Transatlantic rounds with this bike, while his team-mate Dave Croxford was British 750cc champion on it, the Commando engine competing against Japanese multis. The bike came second in the 1973 TT with Mick Grant and was later crashed spectacularly at Silverstone by Dave Croxford. The engine is a standard Commando 73 x 89 bore and stroke with a 5-speed gearbox and outrigger primary transmission.  It’s fitted with 18” DID cast magnesium wheels and JPN front forks with Koni rear shocks.  The ignition is by Lucas, as used on F1 cars of that period.  It was rebuilt by P&M Motorcycles (Richard Peckett and Peter McNab) in the mid-nineties.


Another iconic Norton on display is a genuine 1963 Dunstall 500cc Domiracer, with Norton Lowboy frame with 500cc twin cylinder Norton engine with 4MTT magneto, Amal GP carbs, 5-speed Schafleitner gearbox, Oldarni front brake, Manx forks and rear wheel.


Any members in the south east at the other branches that would like to bring along their Commando’s to put on display you will be very welcomed to do so.

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