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Tom Loughbridge’s Race Days

  Hi Murray, as promised the story of my experience of a great sporting relationship with Eddie Crooks, Frank Whiteway, Stan Woods, Les Trotter, the late Danny Shimmin and many others who rode Crooks’ Suzuki’s during the classic 60s and 70s. when we all raced for the love of the sport, particularly in the greatest …

Frank Whiteway and the 1970 Production TT

Frank Whiteway and the 1970 Production TT Frank very kindly shares his experiences on TR250s and the T500 from 1967-70 1970 Production TT winner Date: Sun, 05 Apr 1998 Subject: Crooks-Suzuki Frank Whiteway, Barrow-in-Furness. Dear Murray     !967 Manx TR250 I regret to say that my recollection of specific machine details is a bit …

Crooks Suzuki

Number 56 in the 1974 Senior TT at Governor’s Bridge, is Steve Tonkin who retired during the race. Steve went on to become 250cc British Champion and 1981 250 TT winner on an Armstrong. Martin Crooks’ dreaming on the 2000 500GP winning RGV Suzuki Charlie Williams “The newspaper cutting of Les Trotter has me on …

Rickman Metisse Suzuki TR500

Floyd Emde Suzuki TR500 Metisse A rare pic of a Rickman Metisse Suzuki 500 raced by Floyd Emde… From the April ’68 issue of Cycle World on pages 66 and 67 comes an article titled “Daytona:The Men and Machines for 1968″…..with a quick mention as follows….. “Floyd Emde has entered his 500-cc Suzuki-Metisse, which rider …

Bimota TR500

Bimota TR500 Probably the most beautiful TR500 built, using the 85BHP Mk3 motor the Bimota was built for an Italian Bimota only race series. The late Don Leeson on a Bimota 500 Bimota SB1 – the most beautiful Suzuki TR500 racer of all —–o—– Hi, I have sent a picture of the Bimota Suzuki TR500 …

Rob Greenhill

Rob Greenhill’s tuning tips and service Rob Greenhill’s “Cobra Racing” was a small and friendly engineering and race development shop specializing in classic racers particularly the Suzuki T 500. They dealt with classic car parts that are no longer available or need reconditioning. They machined parts from billet alloy, brass, bronze, and stainless steel etc …

Hi-Tac Suzuki 500

Hi-Tac’s Suzuki 500 In 1972 Peter Inchley, ex-Norvil chief, went his own way with the Hi-Tac organisation. Hi-Tac produced kits for several two-stroke machines including the T500. Peter Inchley saw the need to stabilise two-stroke engine performance by water-cooling the engines. He made no porting modifications to increase performance but sought to control the temperature …

Tony Foale Suzuki

The Tony Foale Suzuki 500 Jack and the Foale Suzuki In 1973 Tony Foale built a Suzuki 500 racing bike with his trade mark single backbone frame design and cantilever rear end. Jack Findlay was interested in buying one but was given a sponsored works ride instead. Tony Foale went on to build the Steve …