Project Manx Grand Prix 2013
To take the BSA Goldstar from here in New Zealand to the Isle of Man Senior Classic Manx Grand Prix to compete in the August 2013 event.
Our intention is to complete the first ever 100mph average lap on a BSA and finish in the top 6 in the race.
Time for an update. It’s been a busy time of late and there’s been a lot of progress. Without the support detailed below this project just wouldn’t have got moving. We’re still seeking support though for our Project Manx Grand Prix 2013 so if you feel you can help in any way please make contact.
I’ve just got confirmation that the BSA has set sail on the high seas, destination Tilbury, UK. Fingers crossed it will arrive towards the end of July and clear customs by the start of August giving us a chance to check it over and make sure all has survived the transit intact before taking it to the Isle of Man.
Huge thanks here to Mike Farrall, fellow racer and all round good bloke, who runs haulage company Farrall’s Transport UK and has offered to assist us by getting the BSA once it is released from customs and transporting to his depot ‘oop north in Chester where we can collect it.
It’s been a busy time and it’s a weight off the team’s mind to see the bike leave New Zealand on schedule. Big thanks to the multitude that have helped to make this moment financially possible. View Sponsors »
Special thanks must go to Aeromachinists and Engineers; Les and Paul DeLacy, Tony Stanwell and co have been burning the midnight oil to prepare the bike to their impeccable high standards. The bike has seen some major changes – new petrol tank, oil tank, seat, Dick Hunt front brake, in addition to a complete engine strip, fettle and rebuild and a carburettor re-jetted and dyno tested to set the mixture for the requisite petrol mix.
We’ve also got a new ‘Isle of Man’ fairing, designed over the course of a long day by fellow racers Phil Price, Andrew Drake and myself. Much gratitude to Andrew for allowing us to scatter foam around his workshop and Phil for taking the ‘sculpture’ away, getting it scanned by a computer, resulting in a beautiful carbon fibre composition.
All components tested well at Pukekohe the weekend before we had to get the crate to the docks and we left the circuit happy with the days testing. The next time we’ll see it will be in the UK, and the next time it will be ridden will be down Glencrutchery Road in the direction of Bray Hill… cannot wait.
Big thanks to bike owner Neville Wooderson for his unwavering enthusiasm.
Learn more about Chris in the History and Results sections.
Neville is the passionate and committed driving force behind the project. At 84 years young he spends much of his pension fund on the on-going development and maintenance of the BSA.
Neville raced with success in his early days, competing in the 1953 Isle of Man Clubmans TT and Manx Grand Prix on BSAs and later a Matchless. His racing was curtailed when he went to the Himalaya with Sir Edmund Hillary to build schools and hospitals. He took the BSA currently ridden by Chris to the Isle of Man in 2007 and 2008 with the late Paul Dobbs in the saddle, achieving a very creditable 98.9mph average lap.
The bike is maintained and tunedfor Neville by Aeromachinists and Engineers, Hamilton. The company is run by the DeLacy family who have a proven track record of experience, tuning and reliability; together with experienced mechanic Tony Stanwell (Plazz) the bike is in very capable hands.
Chris will also ride a 350cc Aermacchi in the 2013 Junior Classic Manx Grand Prix.
The bike is owned by Yorkshireman Mike Fawcett.
Mike is a dedicated ‘Aermacchi man’ who has sponsored many good riders over the years. The bike has led Manx Grand Prix in the past and Chris finished in 2nd place in the 2012 Junior Classic Manx Grand Prix on the bike he will be re-acquainted with in 2013.