NAC but one of the most amazing stories in motorsports...
Armanmik at earthlink.net
Mon Feb 23 06:54:28 PST 2009
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> Subject: NAC but one of the most amazing stories in motorsports...
> thought you lot would appreciate this. a rare video of the john
> britten story. for those unfamiliar, a lampmaker from new zealand and
> a few mates went about building a superbike in his garage. he took it
> to daytona in 1992 and it was leagues faster than anything else. he
> revolutionized motorcycling with little used or entirely new
> technologies - carbon fiber wheels, hossack style girder fork,
> revolutionary aero management, electronic engine management, and an
> 1100cc vtwin completely handmade and cast in his wifes pottery kiln.
> it made 180hp, in 1992 - which is what a ducati 1198 makes today. it's
> the greatest underdog story i know about..
Saw this bike at the Metropolitan Museum's "Art of the Motorcycle" show about three years ago in
Orlando - have a pix or two if you want it.
Tragically, Britten died of a brain tumor not long after his success at Daytona.
Quite a device, and a fitting memorial.
Audi driver (when it runs), closet biker (when it doesn't)
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