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Norton Rotary Racing 1987 - 1994.
« on: February 19, 2004, 09:50:21 PM »
Ive just had some of my old photos scanned and \'jpeg\'d\'...
Here is my first view of a Norton Rotary, 1987, in the paddock at Snetterton Circuit in Norfolk.

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1987 Snetterton
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2004, 09:57:06 PM »
Malcolm Heath, the development rider, about to notch up his first win on the Norton.

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1989
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2004, 10:23:34 PM »
In October 1988 i went to Brands Hatch to the \'Powerbike International\'. Two riders were listed in the programme as entered by Norton Motors, Trevor Nation and Simon Buckmaster. Simon was unable to ride and so Brian Crighton (the creator of the Norton Rotary racebike) asked a rider i had never heard of before to ride the Norton, his name was Steve Spray and he was listed in the program to contest the two main races on a privately entered Suzuki 500 two stroke. Spray fought two titanic battles with the \'Loctite\' Yamaha entered rider Terry Rymer and in two very close finishes, Spray won both races. Also spectating that day were some marketing managers from a certain tobacco company who were so impressed with the Norton that they sponsored the team for the next four years.

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1989
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2004, 10:30:28 PM »
Steve Spray spent 1989 breaking UK circuit lap records and winning races. The best Japanese 750cc, four cylinder superbikes were no match for the 600cc twin rotor rotary.

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1989
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2004, 10:37:03 PM »
Steve \'sprays\' the champers to celebrate another win over the jap bikes, in this case the \'Durex\' Suzukis of Mellor and Witham.

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1989
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2004, 10:41:50 PM »
Knockhill circuit in Scotland.

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1989
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2004, 10:46:46 PM »
Its a tough, dirty job, but someone has to do it...

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Double Champion
« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2004, 10:51:25 PM »
Spray won both the 1989 British Formula 1 Championship and the televised \'Supercup\' series

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2002
« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2004, 11:00:00 PM »
This picture, taken in 2002, shows Steve Spray and Trevor Nation with the \'White Charger\' Norton Rotary on which Steve Hislop, RIP, won the 1992 Isle of Man TT main race (the \'Senior\' race).

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1994
« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2004, 11:12:33 PM »
For 1993 and 1994 the Nortons were sponsored by Duckhams oil and were liveried in white, blue and yellow. In 1994 Ian Simpson repeated Steve Sprays feat of winning the British F1 Championship despite stiff competition from the Japanese 750 fours and Italian 1000 twins. At the end of 94 the British championship rules were changed from \'Formula 1\' to \'Superbike\' thereby ruling the Nortons out. Sorry, i dont have any photos of my own of the Duckhams bikes.

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Norton Rotary Racing 1987 - 1994.
« Reply #10 on: February 19, 2004, 11:51:42 PM »
fantastic pics, your must be proud to have been part of it. Cool.

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Norton Rotary Racing 1987 - 1994.
« Reply #11 on: February 20, 2004, 08:21:53 AM »
Real pleased you have shared these with us.

Cheers,
All the best Clive

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Post TT Mallory Park 2004
« Reply #12 on: July 10, 2004, 09:53:20 PM »
The Post TT at Mallory Park a couple of weeks ago was AMAZING!!
Ten Rotary race bikes ridden by their ex-riders including the stars who took them to British Championship wins in 1989 and 1994...

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Re: 1994
« Reply #13 on: July 10, 2004, 10:09:19 PM »
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For 1993 and 1994 the Nortons were sponsored by Duckhams oil and were liveried in white, blue and yellow. In 1994 Ian Simpson won the British F1 Championship. Sorry, i dont have any photos of my own of the Duckhams bikes.

HAVE NOW! :)

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Mallory Park Post TT 2004
« Reply #14 on: July 10, 2004, 10:21:00 PM »
Brian Crighton, the Grandaddy of Norton Rotary racing, oversees the National Motorcycle Museum mechanics while the stars of yesteryear sign autographs in the background...