Friday, March 26, 2010


From the Mahony Photo Archives:

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010


Eddie Mulder sliding it through the turn at San Jose back in 1971. Photo by Bill Barrett.

Monday, March 22, 2010


New Sideburn out today. Awesome! It is truly the best flat track oriented magazine on the market. If you've never picked it up take advantage of their special offer and get a cool shirt while your at it.

"Special offer mag + one T-shirt. All prices include postage (recorded in UK and EU).

UK - £15
Europe - €20
USA - $27
Rest of World - £20

The T-shirt has the logo in yellow, on a dark grey Gildan pre-shrunk top quality T-shirt. We have men's S to XXL and FOR THE FIRST TIME ladies skinny fit in small."
Ordering info can be found here

Friday, March 19, 2010

RON MOORE - 1973

From the Mahony Archives:

Ron Moore getting off the line at Ascot in 1973. For ordering info contact Mahony Photos.

Thursday, March 18, 2010


Another MotoHistory article on Bill Gately and Bonneville Performance that was posted five years ago today.

Triumph's Track Attack


Gately with TriumphMotohistory has been following the progress of a project aimed at returning the Triumph brand to American dirt track racing (See Motohistory News & Views 11/7/2004 and 1/25/2005). From 1958 through 1981, the brand won 65 championships and three Grand National Championships, but has not been a factor for the last quarter century. Bill Gately (pictured here), a Triumph enthusiast, owner of Bonneville Performance, and the guiding force behind the project based on Triumph's new Bonneville vertical twin engine, displayed the completed machine Triumph engineat the Powersports Expo in Indianapolis in February, then fired it up in anger for the first time at Barberville on March 6 with AMA national number 12 Jason Tyer in the saddle (pictured below).

Gately reports, “We did very well for our debut. In fact, in the first heat race Jason got the hole shot from the outside pole over four of the top ten riders. He had three bike lengths on the pack until we hit the rev limiter coming out of turn 2 and shut down the engine. I had the ignition box hacked and the limit changed months ago, but the program Triumph at Barbervilleobviously did not take. We had to race the rest of the evening at 3/4 speed, but this will be fixed before Houston.”

Despite its ignition problems, Gately was very encouraged by the motorcycle's first outing. For you Triumph fans who want to see it run, the bike will race next at the AMA Hotshoe half-mile at Houston April 1 and 2, and at the Joliet Grand National on May 21. For the complete schedule of 2005 dirt track races, click here. Gately is working on a second machine set up for mile tracks.

Photo of Triumph at Barberville courtesy of Bill Gately.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


Happy St. Patrick's Day! Here are the details on this green beauty straight from the horse's mouth:

"The bike is a four year old build and needs to be tweeked for some Under & Over engineering all by my hand. Started as a 65 Bonneville that was complete and running when I got it in 2003. The Engine was built by a local Brit bike restorer, Frank Deihl and the bike by me.

Engine: 30 over Ceramic coated piston tops & teflon treated skirts. Ceramic coated combustion chamber & intakes w/SS valves and performance springs. Lighten and polished valve train. MAP I-Beam rods and 1052 cams. 60's style straighten intakes (welded) w/ 28mm Mikuni Flat Slide carbs & 11" K&N filter. 5 Speed trans w/ Britech counter shaft "Outrigger Bearing Plate" and Bob Newby Belt Drive.

Rims are Buchanan 19" Shoulderler & Dimple Less w 400 Pirelli's M-?? of 60's Flat Track correct. Front hub BSA Quick Change . Rear custom Triumph Spool, both w/disc brakes. Wheels laced by none other than Frank Deihl, he is quite a wheel builder as well.

Pretty much everything you see on the bike was crafted by me, Custom triple clamps, Slighty raked goose neck, Cut,Chop & Weld Slimline tank, Leather Solo& Pilion seat, Oil Bottle and every dam bracket on the bike including the Reverse Cone Megaphones. Front fender "57" ribbed, rear "62" ribbed w/ Limp Sausage tail light

Paint 2003 VW green w/ White stripe & Gold pinstripe, Painted by me.

Almost forgot, I don't run a battery so lighting is poor at low RPM's , not a problem for me, so it gets its spark from an ARD cdi Mag, first kick every time! Brett I could go on but I'll spare you and stop here.


Tuesday, March 16, 2010


Received these photos the other day along with a note from Bob Neilson. Bob has contributed to TFT before and we always look forward to what he has to offer:
"As promissed here are photos of 2 of the Triumph sculptures we have. They were both built by a friend of ours Bob Ferguson. The small one w/ the 1/2 mile pipes was built in 1998 and the large one around 2000. He has built many for special customers. They both feature a lot of weed whacker parts, the large one has Girling shock springs to simulate cylinders..The ARD style mag is amazing. Have fun w/ these.

- Bob & Linda Neilson (Linda's name is always there because without her I could never find where I put stuff)"

Thanks again Bob and Linda!

Monday, March 15, 2010


Found a link to this on the forum. A very cool clip shot back in the 70's on Super 8 film. Excellent soundtrack - Dylan really sets the tone!

Friday, March 12, 2010


From the Mahony Photo Archives:

Should have posted this one last week...Ed Kretz Sr. on the beach at Daytona in 1951. Not only was he fast but the guy knew how to advertise. For ordering info contact Mahony Photos.

Thursday, March 11, 2010


Not only is he out of line...but he's running the wrong number!!! Gary Nixon at San Jose in 1971 - the year when everyone's number was goofy...except Gene Romero - he looked good with the #1. Photo by Bill Barrett.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


Received this email and the classic photos from Jim Molloy Jr. the other day:

Here's some photos of Jim Molloy racing some local TT scrambles in New York back in 1966, the two black and whites are from Andre's Farm in Fishkill, NY and the color photo is at Walden, NY . The motorcycle is a 58 TR6. He did have some success with this bike. Hope you can use these.

- thanks. Jim Molloy JR

It's always a pleasure to share family photos. These are very cool. Thanks Jim

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


There was still snow on the ground but the weather was warm enough to fire up the Bonneville and take the first ride of the year tonight. Northern Illinois could still see some awful winter weather but here's to more fine days ahead and a long riding season.

(Late summer 2009)

Friday, March 5, 2010


From the Mahony Photo Archive:

To make up for last week - here's Dusty Coppage looking good off the Ascot jump. For ordering info contact Mahony Photos.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


Chip Hays sent in this photo he took of John Hateley's bike back in the 1970s. He thinks it was taken in Georgia but is not sure of the date or specific location. Anyone got a guess?