Friday, February 26, 2010

MULDER AND COPPAGE

From the Mahony Photo Archives:
Eddie Mulder leading Dusty Coppage back in 1964. For ordering info contact Mahony Photos.

Update 3/2/10: We have received emails and comments that this photo was mislabeled. People have mentioned Sid Payne, Clark White, or one of the Bostroms. Anyone know for sure???

Update 3/3/10: Dan Mahony confirms it is Sid Payne chasing Mulder in the photo. Thanks to everyone who got in touch.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

STREET TRACKER

Here's a sweet street tracker found on TriumphRat.net. I tried to get the info on this bike a while ago but to no avail. Regardless it's a nice looking machine.



Friday, February 19, 2010

SAMMY TANNER CIRCA 1956

With the announcement a few days ago that Sammy Halbert will being running the #7 this season, there have been some posts on forums regarding #7's of the past. Mike Kidd, Mark Brelsford, and Mert Lawwill are all former #7's. However, no one ran the number longer than the great Sammy Tanner. The "Flying Flea" ran the #7 from 1960-1970 and won 6 of his 7 nationals during that period. His only other national victory, and the only one aboard a Triumph rather than his BSA, came at the first-ever Ascot Half-Mile in 1959. Here's a 17 year old Sammy Tanner showing off his Triumph way back in 1956 in Savanna, Missouri.

Photo courtesy of the Mahony Photo Archives. For ordering info contact Mahony Photos.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

PALMGREN BROS. IN NORTH CAROLINA


Larry and Denny Palmgren battling at Wilson County Speedway in North Carolina circa 1973.

Photo from Racer Reunion.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

1968 ASCOT TT



1968 Ascot TT won by Skip Van Leeuwen on the Triumph.

Friday, February 12, 2010

MIKE HANEY AT SAN JOSE

From the Mahony Photo Archives:
Mike Haney tucked in at the San Jose Mile in 1972. Note the 21" front wheel. Very cool! For ordering info contact Mahony Photos.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

BILL GATELY FROM FEBRUARY 2006

Found this on Ed Youngblood's MotoHistory website...posted four years ago today. An early article on Bonneville Performance's effort to put Triumph's back on the dirt tracks.

Dirt track déjà vu once again
(2/10/2006)

Gately TriumphLast year, Motohistory reported on efforts to return the Triumph brand to glory in American dirt track racing, based on the company's new vertical twin engine. Bill Gately, owner of Bonneville Performance, reports that he is preparing two machines for 2006, running 989cc engines in the AMA SuperTracker class. He says, “We have made some significant inroads with our own frame design and engine preparation. Our rider is National Number 75 Donnie Mullen, and we intend to campaign all half-mile and mile events.

Gately Triumph engineHaving won 65 AMA nationals between 1958 and 1981, Triumph was once one of the great rivals of Harley-Davidson on the dirt tracks of the nation. Many would like to see such a rivalry again. For more about Triumph's illustrious history in AMA competition, go to “Triumph Trivia” at Motohistory News & Views 11/7/2004. For more information on Bill Gately's Bonneville Performance, click here.

Photos provided by Bill Gately.

Friday, February 5, 2010

BRAD HURST AT CASTLE ROCK TT

From the Mahony Photo Archives:
Brad Hurst getting sideways at Castle Rock. For ordering info contact Mahony Photos.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

ROB MCLENDON'S TRIUMPHS


I saw these photos on the Flattrack.com forum and had to share them. Here are Rob Mclendon's two Triumphs. An old school Trackmaster 750 and his C&J Hinckley Triumph. Rob thanked the following for their help with the bikes...
"D&D CYCLES
WALT METZLER (FOR ENDLESS FABRICATION)
THE PREZZZZ (FOR LOTS OF HARD LABOR AND HELP)
JASON TYER (FOR KICK ASS PAINTWORK ON BOTH)"





Very nice indeed. Good luck in 2010 Rob!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

TRIUMPH CUB SPEEDWAY BIKE

Received these photos from Bob Neilson the other day. He found these pics of an awesome Triumph Cub speedway bike on the Jockey Journal forum. If anyone has any info on this bike or other Triumph speedway bikes please get us the details.


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

NICK VOGE'S STREET TRACKER

Happy Groundhog Day. Hopefully there's no shadow and we can get back on the bike soon. Of course guys like Nick Voge in Hawaii don't have to count on folklore to bring on the spring and good riding weather...he gets to ride this sweet street tracker year round. Here's what Nick had to say about his Bonnie...

"Aloha,

Perhaps your readers will enjoy some pics of my bike.
I built this `67 Bonnie out of two totally trashed desert sleds. The seat is a Bates TT seat cut and widened to match the rear frame rails. Braced swingarm is a period piece and was on the bike when I got it. Aside from the Works shocks, the chassis is stock.

The engine, however, is rather special. As some of you may know, the Japanese gamble racers ran 2-piece Triumph engines back in the day. These engines were very highly tuned. A friend of mine is a gamble racer with a large stock of old Triumph parts. He gave me the flowed, center-plug head and a set of blueprinted Concentrics (A Japanese tuner went to England and had a batch of carbs made to his specifications). He also gave me the quick turn throttle (from a Yamaha road racer) and a set of light throttle springs (makes a big difference in throttle response).

Anyway, after getting all these trick parts there was no way I could just slap together a stock bottom end, so I sent the crank to Falicon for blueprinting and balancing, sent the Morgo 750 cylinder to Bore Tech for blueprinting and their special cylinder wall treatment, had Venolia make a set of pistons to fit, slipped in a set of mild Megacycle cams and "R" followers, sparks by Boyer and wow, does she run strong!

Anyway, great site. Triumphs forever!

Nick
Honolulu"

Monday, February 1, 2010

TRIUMPHS FOR SALE

From VFT:

Posted on January 30th...

Rickman Triumph 750
"My name is David Frizzell Jr, My Father Was David Sr. He was in On Any Sunday in two clips. I grew up in Louisville Ky in the 60s and 70s Cal Rayburn Mert Lawill and Bart Markel werent just household names at my house they had been there. The limestone a Louisville was second to none. My Father passed the year after Earnhart that period in time. He never started these bikes after 82 but they are not locked up not sure what shape internally, but not dead Just need TLC. Triumph 750 twin on Rickman Nickel frame purchased in 1972 from up north, not sure who from. Moms memory not what it used to be. The plates on the Tri are original, My Dads Jr Plates. Will discuss prices. Phone (502) 271-9083"

Posted on January 29th...

1973 TRIUMPH 750
"2009 AHRMA SOUTHEAST SPORTSMAN 750 CHAMPION. This bike is fast and ready to go racing. Serious inquiries only. Atlanta area. $6500 Phone: 770-639-7083"