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(With thanks to Glass from the Past for this FB post.)

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As well as a Small Faces pre-Humble Pie concert!


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The BSA looks new and shiny -- year and model? The photo was labeled "ca. 1967."


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Awhile back I was thinking how often I have seen Posters for events " SATURDAY/SUNDAY,..May 15/16, Dunesbury Park.... etc", and they never thought to put the YEAR on them. Of course at the time of the event, it wasn't an issue to know what year. Now, that these posters are collector items, it's a guess when they occured.


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Originally Posted by kurt fischer
...The photo was labeled "ca. 1967."

The September 10/Sunday combination falls in 3 likely years
1961, 1967, 1972

The original Small Faces were active 1965—1969.

So we should be able to omit the circa.


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"F" suffix on registration plate, so August 1967 to July 1968

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^^ very cool. 1967 then.

Also, see the goggles that Hailwood wears? As in the billboard and here:

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Super Fospaic Milano goggles.

Anyway, about 30 years ago, I bought a nice pair of these goggles at the British MC meet in Auburn MA, paid $15 and stuck them in a box. Then about 10 years ago, I pulled them out of the box and did a little searching to identify them and found that they were the model that Hailwood wore. Sold them on eeBay to a collector in the NL for $150. Might be the only time I made money selling something motorcycle-related. grin


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Obviously a far sighted purchase, Kurt--- and the insects didn't get into your eyes--thanks to the goggles!

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Thanks, Richard, I just thought they were crusty old throwaway goggles -- glad I didn't throw them away, though.

BTW, where were you on September 10, 1967? At these races?


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1967????--- that was a memorable year motorcycling wise for me.
In June 1967 I made my first visit to the Isle of Man TT races---fantastic!
To digress----I went with three friends and the four of us had three bikes between us.
Mine was a 1954 BSA Shooting Star 500cc twin.
I had bought it some months earlier.
It was for sale in a second hand car dealerships with a sidecar chassis (but no body) attached.
They really wanted rid of it so I got it for 15 GBP ( about $20).
I took off the sidecar chassis and sold it for 10 GBP and with that money bought two used solo tires.
That bike was a real gem--it went like Joe F**k and with the 8" single sided front brake--stopped very well too.
So--back to the Isle of Man--- on Mad Sunday (when everyone races around the race course) we set off around the race course.
Everyone was going flat out and it was dangerous as hell looking back.
But of course when you are 22 you are immortal!
We had got about 3/4 of the way around the course--the engines were red hot from being revved hard and long and the brakes were hot too from frantic panic last minute braking.
As we got to the top of the long down hill stretch going down to Creg-Ny-Ba one of my friends who was alongside me gestured with his hand in the universal signal meaning "lets stop for a drink". There is a hotel at the bottom of the downhill stretch so we screeched into the hotel parking lot braking as hard as possible from flat out which would have been around 100 mph.
Quickly taking off our helmets and jackets we adjourned to the bar.
We had only been there a couple of minutes when a guy came rushing into the bar shouting "Whose is the BSA twin--it is on fire!"
I rushed outside to the bike but then relaxed.
The extremely hard braking had heated up the grease in the front wheel bearings and the smoke from the grease was billowing up from the front axle.
So we had to let it cool down for a while (three pints worth if I remember correctly) and then completed the rest of the course.
In those days Mallory Park was our local race course--- I remember seeing John Cooper on the BSA triple beating Agostini on the MV 500 cc pure race machine in front of 50,000 cheering fans.
But to get back to the original question--I went to Cadwell a few times but that date doesn't ring a bell.
Sorry for digressing but--- Kurt---you did ask!

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n.p. Richard, digress all you want. Great story!


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As well as a Small Faces pre-Humble Pie concert!

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Originally Posted by Dibnah
"F" suffix on registration plate, so August 1967 to July 1968
Can't argue with that logic ,

Here's a couple of pictures on the internet I found relating back to Cadwell park on Sunday Sept 10th .. I could be wrong but that looks a lot like an upside down Mike Hailwood signature on the front ,
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The man himself here #35 along side Rodney Gould #33
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Bought my first Triumph in 1967. Total cost including sales tax for my new '67 Bonnie was $1425.00 "out the door."

AHHH! THOSE were the days!

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1967 ... in those days, I'd go back-and-forth between working in bike shops and working at office jobs, the bike work being seasonal. In any case, my paychecks went toward racing.

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Green number plate for AMA Novice. At that time Novices raced the entire tri-oval plus the infield squiggles, and no dog-leg to slow you down on the back straight. Once you climbed the wall out of the infield, it was WFO in top gear for two miles til you braked for the first gear turn back into the infield. Yamaha TD1-B production racer 250cc two-stroke piston port 5-speed. Got an unofficial top speed of 118 mph through the back straight traps during practice one day (with a bit of a tail wind assist). (I still marvel at this photo, taken my my late friend John Barmack, another Boston Yamaha rider ... with a smalll pocket camera, panned perfectly at 100+mph, bike caught just inside the frame.)

It was easy to go racing then. Get a physical exam, get the AMA license, get the bike, race Daytona.

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That then makes that BSA Starfire or Victor only about a month or so old.

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Correction. Maybe a month, how old was the poster?.....That then makes that BSA Starfire or Victor only about a month or so old.
Then in October I got my provisional license and rode on the road for the first time after borrowing Hamish Campbell's Honda cub and rode to Glasgow from Gourock in Scotland.
Next month we set sail for Australia. Memories.

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Good point, assuming it was a new poster.

And if so, the bike is new, definitely a 67, based on badges and front brake... a C25, with the lighter blue color.

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1967 I was 11 yrs old. My dad was in the Army so I was always seeing hot Britbikes around on the various bases we lived on.
So I guess my love of motorcycles can be blamed on the U.S. government?

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September ‘67, starting college at Berkeley. Wow, those were the days!! Lots going on, of course, at school and at the Fillmore and Winterland for music on the weekends. On the motorcycle front, I had a 305 Super Hawk and a Parilla Wildcat, then a production racer Kawasaki A7 SS Avenger 350 then ended up sponsored by a dealer on a CZ 250, and built a Triumph dirt tracker and an X6 Suzuki road racer (sponsored by school loans). Carried them around in my 1958 VW 36 hp van. You had to be patient driving that thing, it was slow!

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