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#340528 - 10/29/10 11:33 pm Prof Gordon Blair - RIP  
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As some of you have mentioned reading/using Blair's books on engine design and tuning, I thought you may be interested in hearing of his passing.
click here:
http://www.profblairandassociates.com/GPB_Tribute.html


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#340531 - 10/29/10 11:49 pm Re: Prof Gordon Blair - RIP [Re: dave - NV]  
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It seems I have known Blair's name, and some of his work, all my life. Godspeed, Dr. Blair.

#340626 - 10/30/10 4:48 pm Re: Prof Gordon Blair - RIP [Re: dave - NV]  
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Unfortunately don't have any of his books (shame on me). However I do appreciate that a great man just passed away frown He probably contributed more to engine design - especially motorcycles than most people realize.

R.I.P Professor Blair

P.S. Three years ago a friend of mine was wandering around at the Daytona Vintage races when he felt someone tap him on his shoulder. It was none other than Professor Gordon Blair himself! He was attracted by the large Royal Enfield motif that my friend wears on the back of his jacket. My friend was very much aware of the Professor Blair's fame and an interesting conversation ensued as my friend considers himself to be somewhat of an inventor as well. My friend was ecstatic about meeting such a famous person as I would be too!

#340777 - 10/31/10 6:55 pm Re: Prof Gordon Blair - RIP [Re: dave - NV]  
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In 1967 I wrote a High School paper on tuning the length of intake and exhaust
from reading an article Blair wrote for Hot Rod magazine. His article started
me thinking about exhaust tuning. I remember him saying proper lengths would be
like a free 2psi supercharge. I had to find this secret! :^) I had his Dunstall 2-1-2 pipes on my '71 Norton. I've seen
Professor Blair's name pop up ever since and I always think how much I love
learning about something new to me. It's a good feeling.

Nice picture of the fellow. He looks like he enjoyed life.

Tom Graham

#340805 - 10/31/10 9:05 pm Re: Prof Gordon Blair - RIP [Re: dave - NV]  
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Thanks Dave,

Dave bought this to my attention on a PM and thanks very much for that. I was not aware he had passed away.

I found Blairs books a few years ago. They are pretty challenging and you need good maths but in his four stroke book he also had a chapter on empirical results for exhaust and inlet tuning and I found these easier to understand and use.

It is one of those books I find I have to read several times before I understand what he means. He also wrote a couple of articles in the last few years. One called "Back to Basics" which described the basic porting requrements for a four stroke motors. The data is useful for our old bikes. He wrote another one when the new rules on MotoGP came in discussing at a high level the pluses and minuses of the range of motor geometries the factories could use. It was also very interesting. Explaining the balance of good and bad things about twins versus 3,4, 5 and six cylinders. Vs and parallel cylinders etc.

I liked the way he wrote. He gave you ideas not answers and made you think.

I suspect however from some of his writing he may have been one of those old professors who did not suffer fools gladly so he might have been a challenge to work with. But how many Ducati riding, motor cycle mad, engineering professors who pit crewed at the Isle of Man are you ever going to meet?

He wrote in the forward to his book about watching the Ulster GP when his was a child and his heros Jo Craig and others. He used the Matchless G50 as an example in his book and was a friend of Jack Williams (father of Peter Williams)who developed the AJS 7R and Matchless G50 engines.

There is indeed a little bit of him in every racing engine around the world.


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