Brian Chapelhow will be bringing this special to Beezumph. In his own words:
After owning a 1970 Olympic Flame/Silver T150T & loving it, I bought a new ’73 disc braked Trident & after being inspired by the 1971 Match Races I just had to have a Rob North for the road, Unfortunately I was unable to afford a North frame kit, so I decided to homebuild my own look-a-like over the winter of ’73/74. I started by modifying a featherbed frame and fabricated the tanks, seat, exhaust, etc, but with alloy forks, single front disc & drum rear brakes. I then stupidly sold the bike in ’74 & immediately regretted it, but it was too late.
However, out of the blue I managed to re-acquire the bike after 37 years!! It had been messed about a bit with intervening owners, but the last one had stood the bike, unused in his conservatory for the last 30 years!!
Over the 2011/12 winter I rebuilt the bike again to a higher spec to more resemble the works racers (works type steel forks, triple discs, electronic ignition etc) I also removed & replaced all traces of the featherbed frame with the exception of the steering head tube. I also fitted an electric starter.
Not remotely thinking I would be thrashing the bike around a race track, I rebuilt & kept the engine in std 750cc road trim. It is used on the road with a daylight MOT. I use it at Beezumph’s, occasional Classic Trackdays & Parades. It has twice done the Classic TT VMCC Parade lap plus Jurby trackdays.
The first picture is the standard bike as bought in’73.
The second is the only photo I have of the bike as first built in early ’74
Third picture is the bike as bought back in 2011.
If you want to see how it looks now, you’ll have to come to Beezumph! To buy your ticket, go to www.beezumph.com
The line-up of “Specials” that will be appearing at B25 is increasing all the time. Here is a small sample of machines that will be present.
If you have a “Special” send a picture and brief details to firstname.lastname@example.org and in return we will select the best examples and provide free garage space for their display at the event.
The TR3OC AGM is to be held at The Best Western Plus Manor Hotel, Main Road, Meriden, CV7 7NH, on the weekend of the 19th and 20th of November. Guest Speaker on the Saturday evening will be Lionel Goulder who worked for BSA and covered many miles promoting the Rocket 3. This is sure to be a fascinating evening and is not to be missed! Contact Dave Bloor on email@example.com to book your place at the evening dinner.
If you’d like to book a hotel room for the Saturday night, call 01676 522735 and mention TR3OC when booking.
Saturday 22nd October 2016 10am to 4pm and Sunday 23rd October 2016 10am to 4pm
Where: The offices of Morton Wykes Kramer Ltd
The offices are located next to Junction 15 on the M1 and have a large free car park adjacent to them.
This will be an opportunity to look at the complete TR3OC archive, which contains a collection of Factory Drawings, Copies of Les Williams’ racing notes, factory manuals, parts books and handbooks, books, magazines and the complete collection of Triple Echo.
There will be print machines available so that you can have copies made of archive material from large A0 drawings to A4 copies of Triple Echo that you will be able to take away on the day.
Finally if there is any material that you now longer want and you want to donate to the archive you can bring that along. Equally if there are items you would like to show other members please bring them along – a bit of a show and tell!