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Posted by benoit_lesage at December 18. 2017

Hello all, a friend has just bought a SOHC Manx and above the bore and stroke, on the crankcase, there's 3 letters, JWB. Maybe someone knows what does it mean? A tuner or a racer? Many thanks for your help, regards, Benoît

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Re: Manx mystery

Posted by jonathan_newton at December 18. 2017

Previously benoit_lesage wrote:

Hello all, a friend has just bought a SOHC Manx and above the bore and stroke, on the crankcase, there's 3 letters, JWB. Maybe someone knows what does it mean? A tuner or a racer? Many thanks for your help, regards, Benoît

 

No idea Ben,  but there seems treda lot of other stampings in the region can  you pan out a bit to get a better view?  Do you know any recent  history of the  machine; localle, status (road /off road/ race prepared).  Any tell tale equipment,parts, labels etc?  If you can narrow down the field if use you might be able to strike lucky.

bonne  chance!

Cheers

Jon

Re: Manx mystery

Posted by richard_cornish at December 18. 2017

Hi Benoit,

   The letters JWB are most probably the initials of J.W.Beevers, more commonly known as "Bill Beevers". Bill raced at the Isle of Man T.T. races every year from 1935 to 1960 with the exception of the WW2 years. He also raced in Europe both pre and post war in what was known as the "Continental Circus" as well as major events in the U.K. Although Bill worked on the railway in a not particularly well paid job he managed to buy a new Manx most years of his long racing career. It might be a good idea for your friend to get the information from the NOC records officer if he has an original frame or engine number.

Regards, Richard.

Re: Manx mystery

Posted by benoit_lesage at December 19. 2017

Hi Jonathan and Richard, thanks for your help. Yes I will ask my friend for more details.  Richard, it sounds like it should be the right way. Will tell you if I can know more about this Manx.

Regards, Benoît

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