Friday, January 29, 2010


From the Mahony Photo Archives:
Gary Scott flying at Ascot. Maybe it's just me but this photo looks like it is part of a slow motion chase scene from an action movie...a pack of angry Germans are just about to appear in the background! For ordering info contact Mahony Photos.

Thursday, January 28, 2010


Received some more shots from Mike Stuhler the other day. Mike has been kind enough in the past to share his photos with us and this week he has some from Terre Haute, Indiana taken in 1975. Check out his awesome blog for more great photos and stories.

"Hi Brett!

I hope all is well with you. Things are super on the site as always, and I came acrossed a few shots that you might be interested in here. I've been scanning some old negs here lately and these are just a few of what I have now. As always as I get more of these done with the Triumph's I'll shoot them your way!

Attached in no particular order are shots I took at Terre Haute back in '75. One is a shot of Steve Morehead in his second year of GNC racing on his Triumph during practice.

Another is a shot during one of the heat races that has Kenny Roberts on the #1 Yamaha leading 'Wild Will' Kelley on the 6n Triumph along with #91 Scott Drake on his XR.

Last but not least is a shot of the start of one of the heat races with Gene Romero #3 on his C&J-sponsored Yamaha, Springer on his 65x Vista Sheen-sponsored XR, Rex Beauchamp on his #31 factory XR, with #6n Triumph-mounted Will Kelley, who is just behind #20 and Triumph-mounted John Gennai. Next up is #72 Mike Kidd on his Kroger Racing XR, #35 who I'm not sure of, and John Hateley on his #98 Triumph.

I'll shoot more your way as I get them done. Enjoy, God Bless and take care!


Thanks again Mike...and keep up the great work on your blog!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Last week we featured artwork of Gene Romero by British artist Tim Beaumont. This week we were lucky enough to open the inbox and find this equally stunning Gary Nixon piece done by Tim. We'd like to thank him again for sharing his wonderful art with us. For more info or to contact Tim about ordering his work check out his website.

Monday, January 25, 2010


Found this on Ed Youngblood's MotoHistory article posted 5 years ago yesterday regarding Triumph's return to flat track. How did Doug Horner's effort end up? Whatever happened to this bike? Who ended up riding it? Where is it now? We'd love to know more.

Motohistory Update:

Dirt Track Déjà vu Again


Our story about Doug Horner's plan to reintroduce Triumph to AMA Grand National dirt track racing (Motohistory 11/7/2004) got quite a reaction. It was discussed and linked from several dirt track web sites and lists, which created a nice two or three day spike in Motohistory visitor statistics. So, you dirt track and Triumph fans out there, here's an update, with photos.

Horner reports, “The engine pieces are pretty much all in house now, and Wiseco is hoping to spool it up on their Triumph FrontDyno in the next week or so.” The project team is targeting 100+ rear wheel horsepower in order to be competitive with the Harley XRs. But, as alternative brand fans have known for decades, it's not how much power those Harleys make, but how they put it to the ground that has sustained their dominance in American dirt track racing. Horner acknowledges this fact by stating, “The hp numbers should not be a big challenge, Triumph Rearbut refining the horsepower and torque via a combination of ignition advance curves and camshaft profiles could take a little doing. We have sourced our cams, but will initially test to establish a baseline with the stock product.”

Supertrapp has built an interesting exhaust system with pipes mounted on both sides of the motorcycle, as pictured Triumph carbshere. Horner hopes to have the bike complete in time for the Indianapolis Powersports Expo where he intends to display it in the Wiseco booth.

George Ritchmeyer has signed on as the development rider, and the team plans to head for southern climes for on-track testing as soon as the dyno work is done. Horner says, “We will keep testing and refining and hope to be in the game for the beginning of the GNC series at some of the half miles this summer. We are still trying to land a sponsor, but without the dyno results and Georges input, we just have to be a little more patient.”

Friday, January 22, 2010


From the Mahony Photo Archives:
Who said flat trackers can only go left??? Dusty Coppage with both feet up at Ascot in 1969...Wow! For ordering info contact Mahony Photos.

Thursday, January 21, 2010


Here's a nice one found over on Anyone got the details?

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


A rare #9 Triumph that did not belong to Gary Nixon. Tom Rockwood on the factory ride in 1971. Photo by Bill Barrett.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


There's just something about Gene Romero that makes for good artwork. It might be the leg hanging way out there in the turns or shots of his handlebar almost dragging the ground...then there's the kamikaze like tuck with face and hands exposed to elements. Regardless, his style inspires the artist and in the last few years there have been several great pieces done featuring Romero. Here is some awesome artwork by British artist Tim Beaumont. We've seen his work on the Sideburn Magazine blog several times and were lucky enough to receive this in the inbox last week:

I hope you don't mind me contacting you but I have been introduced to your terrific blog via Sideburn Magazine.

I wondered if you would be interested in the enclosed image that I have just done of one of my heroes from the 1970's - Gene Romero on a Triumph.

A little background info.
For my sins I tend to spend a lot of time doodling and I try to capture what interests me. My passion, obviously are motorcycles. Growing up as a kid in early 1970's UK was slightly on the side of drab and dreary. However every Easter life became a little more exciting with the annual Transatlantic Trophy races where I was introduced to these extraordinary superheroes from over the pond with their bright leathers, Hollywood accents and colourful bikes, who in most/every case had never seen our race tracks but then went on to attack them with courage and outstanding ability. One further investigation I found that most of these guys raced on dirt tracks as well as road racing back home. Sideways and at speeds not far of what they were doing on tarmac, WAW ! I was hooked, hence I followed the exploits of these guys wherever I could find any info.

Move on a few decades and my passion still burns ever so brightly for motorcycle racing and in particular the exploits of those daring young men on those sideways machines!

I have started to look back and the drab and dreary days of 1970's UK don' t seem so bad now on reflection, I suppose that's what growing old does to you. Anyway I enclose this illustration. Hope you like it.

Keep up the great work on your blog it is very informative for us limeys back over the pond.

All the best

Many thanks to Tim for sharing this. Check out his website for more great designs and contact info.

Monday, January 18, 2010


From Big D Cycle:
We recently acquired this Les Edwards prepared champion frame Triumph 750. This bike won the 1974 Houston Astrodome TT race with Dave Hansen riding the bike. In the photos you can see Dave riding this bike with King Kenny Roberts behind him in one photo. This is one of the few bikes to beat King Kenny. This is a running motorcycle. Keith Martin recently rebuilt this motor. This bike is exactly as it was at the Astrodome. We are having number plates done with the number twenty three for this bike to make it exact. This piece of history will be for sale. Please contact Keith Martin of Big D cycle at 214-339-2285 or email him at

Friday, January 15, 2010


From the Mahony Photo Archives:Gary Nixon tucked and flying on the old #63 at the 1963 Sacramento Mile. For ordering info contact Mahony Photos.

Thursday, January 14, 2010


Nice looking bike found on the web. Anyone got the details?

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Gene Romero @ San Jose by Bill Barrett.

Monday, January 11, 2010


Triumph C&J Single Shock frame kit like new. All mounts and hardware included, seat and tank included as well. $2,200

Friday, January 8, 2010


We'd like to thank famed motorsports photographer Dan Mahony for making his archives available to TFT. Every Friday we will feature Triumph-related photos from the Mahony Photo Archive. These photos go back more than 60 years and feature photos shot by Dan, his father Walt, as well as many other images. Prints from the archives are available for purchase in various sizes at Mahony Photos.

(A young Dan Mahony on his father Walt's Triumph)

Thursday, January 7, 2010



Gene Romero’s West Coast Flat Track Series is proud to announce that its 2010 series debut is scheduled to take place at the South Point Casino Arena in Las Vegas, January 8 and 9.

The two-night South Point Casino Arena Championship Indoor Dirt Short Track events, which will serve as rounds one and two of the 2010 West Coast Flat Track Series, will take place in conjunction with the 19th Annual Las Vegas Vintage Motorcycle Auction, which is scheduled to begin on Thursday, January 7.

Four WCFTS classes will be contested at the South Point Casino: the Open Class, Saddlemen Vintage Class, Top Gun 450 Class and the ever popular 250 Sportsmen Class. The event is expected to draw competitors from as far away as Florida, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Oklahoma and Iowa in addition to hosting WCFTS regulars from Nevada, Arizona, California, Oregon and Washington.

The 19th Annual Las Vegas Vintage Motorcycle Auction –The World’s Largest - is set to start on Thursday, January 7, with a 6 p.m. dinner auction of 75 motorcycles. The event continues Friday, January 8, at 9 a.m., with 200 motorcycles being offered. The auction resumes on Saturday, January 9, at 9 a.m., with 225 motorcycles scheduled to cross the block.

Making for a convenient opportunity to view the hot motorcycle racing action on the track, the WCFTS races are set to take place right next door to the auction in the finest indoor racing facility in the world, with over 5000 padded seats. Race fans and auction goers will have the opportunity see the “Best of the West - Two Wheeled Gladiators” that are the hallmark of the WCFTS.

Doors open to the public at 10am on Thursday for the 6:00pm dinner auction. Everyone can attend or participate in the Thursday evening auction, but reservations are required for the dinner. Admission to the auctions is $15 each day. Three day passes for $30 can be purchased at the door or in advance. More details at 651-633-9655

Spectator gates open Friday and Saturday at 6:30pm, the first race each day is at 7:30pm. More details on the race and the auction can be found at and

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


Here are a couple shots of Steve Perez's Triumph street tracker. Same bike, different tanks.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


From VFT:

For Sale Triumph Trackmaster frame modified for honda single or triumph twin. All parts pictured are NOT included. $1500 OBO

All other parts are make offer. E-mail questions or interest to

Friday, January 1, 2010


Check out American Triumph - The online magazine for vintage Triumph and British motorcycle enthusiasts.