And we’re back with another photo set from the 20013 Macau Grand Prix. These pics, courtesy of James Regan of JimmyIron Works, include top dog #4 Ian Hutchinson GBR, #5 Gary Johnson GBR, #10 Mark Miller USA, #39 Allann-Jon Venter RSA, #47 Brandon Cretu USA, #54 Steve Heneghan IRL (bike close up), #77 Sandor Bitter HUN, Team Splitlath USA, and more.
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Famously known as one of the most demanding circuits in the world, the Macau Grand Prix had no shortage of action and drama this November, 2013. Ian Hutchinson’s return to racing after 18 months of recovering from a previous accident proved fateful as he landed the number one spot over eight time winner Michael Rutter. More on what went down coming soon. In the meantime check out a few great pics from the event.
Road trips in foreign lands and tales thereof appeal to most riders. I was no exception but never did many, only in 3 countries. My first, 2nd and last foreign rides were on pre unit Triumphs of the 50s and 60s, 48 years between the first and the last – 1956 to 2004.
1st was to Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Island on my ’55 Triumph T110 and my pal on a borrowed rigid Matchless 500 single.
2nd was 1957 riding the T110 around the USA with another life long pal on his ’49 Harley. We ventured into Tiajuna for a day – couldn’t leave fast enough.
The 3rd was northern Scotland in 2004. An Inn keeper near Balmoral Castle ran a rental service with classic bikes and guides. We grabbed the chance and rode a ’61 T110 all along the Whiskey Trail. A great 4 days, some rain, fog each day. We were the only guests -our guides, the roads, scenery and people were all terrific. Being Scotland, of course the food was mediocre and the Scotch great. Riding narrow roads along bucolic streams, then popping up into empty spaces of the Highlands, sampling our way along thru the distilleries, it did seem like the 1950′s for sure. Unique. Now I really understood why of the classic British bike design.
The 3 Big Come Ons: Barn Fresh – Unrestored Original – Ran When Put Away. When I bought this 1939 Triumph Speed Twin (2nd yr of production it had the fancy extra – valanced fenders), it fit all 3! It was barn fresh from Canada, it sure was unrestored and mostly original, and it ran. It started and lurched up and down the driveway – even with a main frame/steering head tube snapped.
I gave up on it –sold at a small profit and put the money into a 1940 2nd owner from new, older restoration, all original Triumph Tiger 100. 1940 was the year the Germans bombed the Triumph factory at Coventry to ashes.