Saturday, 16 April 2016

Matchless G50

The programme of the SeeRed meeting at Donington Park in September 2004 says this:

Four wheels good... but two wheels just as good
It's not just historic race cars at Donington this weekend. SeeRed is privileged to host round five of the 2004 Lansdowne Classic Series for classic motorcycles - a race series dedicated to preserving the sights and sounds of 1950s and '60s grand prix motorcycle racing.
There's a maximum capacity grid this weekend and among the riders will be several who actually raced in period. Authenticity extends to having push-starts, unfaired machines - unless originally fitted - and encouraging riders to wear black leathers.
The line-up also features many of the top riders in historic motorcycle racing, with a promise of nail-bitingly close competition for both the 350cc and the 500cc class titles.
The Lansdowne series is organised by Richard Thirkell, who warmly welcomes you to the motorcycle paddock for a closer look.
This is the first corner, Redgate, on the first lap of the race. leading on number 9 is Tim Jackson on what is described in the programme as a 500cc 1960 Norton Matchless G50. The machine on the extreme right is the eventual winner, Glen English, on a 500cc 1961 Matchless G50.
This is the winning bike in the paddock after the race sporting the victor's laurel wreath.

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