I think it is pretty safe to day that anyone running a blown Triumph in England would not be using a Triumph gearbox. Until the advent of two-speed boxes and slipper clutches, it was usually an AMC box and clutch used by riders.Great pictures, I recently have been trading emails with Geoff, discussing his famous "Icarus". Great guy and discussed with me in detail, about his bike. Aside from the facts mentioned above, that bike ran mid 10's in the quarter! Absolutely amazing on a modified 350 triumph.
Curious if there was anyone, back in those days, running a Unit 650 in this config? With a Shorrock supercharger?
love this thread.
That's cool Ironhead Red, I think I have some of that literature myself and then some of it is Memories...The Spring Nationals was one of my favorite NHRA Nationals that I did the Exhibitions because my Eastern Base was in Gahanna a Suburb of Columbus, my Father in Law lived there...only trouble was that track was really short and trying to get stopped before I went off in to the grass was a real problem sometimes but they always had a great Crowd there...Hey Joe,
I was at a car show Saturday, & a guy with a swap meet table had a Ziploc bag full of mint 1970's Harley literature. Along with some Evel stuff were all of the 1975 Harley "Enthusiast" magazines, and guess what... There you are in the May/June and July/August issues on your twin Shovelhead 216 incher. Along with Marion Owens, Ron Fringer, and Ron Maginnis. The May/June issues shows how you broke the track record at the NHRA spring nationals at Columbus, Ohio with a time of 8.39 seconds.
This is some great stuff. I'm glad I was the only "biker" at the car show or this stuff would have been snatched up before I got there.
The 50's 60's and 70's was when you pretty much built your own stuff buying aftermarket Hi-Performance from a few that were just beginning to manufacture racing equipment that was still in the test stage...I think it was the beginning of real M/C Drag Racing...I know I built every thing I raced with some of the test racing equipment that was available at the time...I built all my own frames, motors and heads...To my knowledge there are no current motorcycle drag racing organizations in the US open to all brands. This is truly sad and a testamint to the declining popularity of drag racing in general.....actually racing in general. I believe I raced during the greatest era of racing....the '60s, '70s and '80s. I bet Joe will say it was the '50s, '60s and '70s. Regardless, there has not been nearly as much interest in racing since the internet was created. As all of us know you can spend as much time as you care on the net learning about anything.
If I had to pick one decade it would be the '70s. It was when most of the legendary Fuel Bikes were built. 'The Hog Slayer", "Goliath 1 & 11" your double and the rest of the double Harleys, John Dixon's and Pete Hill's blown Harleys, Russ Collins' "Atchison,Topeka & Sante Fe" & "Sorcerer", Boris Murray's twin engine Triumph, to name a few and Ron Teson's Honda that would change Fuel Bike racing forever.The 50's 60's and 70's was when you pretty much built your own stuff buying aftermarket Hi-Performance from a few that were just beginning to manufacture racing equipment that was still in the test stage...I think it was the beginning of real M/C Drag Racing...I know I built every thing I raced with some of the test racing equipment that was available at the time...I built all my own frames, motors and heads...
The Eighties was the Jap Invasion into M/C Drag Racing with the introduction of Automotive Engines, it was the start to the ending of the Careers of a lot of great Pioneers in the Sport....and at the same time produced a number of great M/C Drag Racers to come...
I know I wouldn't trade my days in the sport for today's but it's only because I'm to old to ride anymore...but if I was in my youth I would love to ride any of today's Top Fuel Harley that I build myself...Frame and all...
This is all true. It is the bike Allen Mavor raced. It is a well built bike but never had the success of "The Hog Slayer"I have heard through the rumor mill that T. C. never raced the 3 engine Norton. Is this rumor true? I was told that the bike was built and raced by a guy in Louisiana and that T. C. bought it after the twin engine Norton went to England.
They had every intention of finishing it.........until two engine limits were placed in the rules. I agree it should not be confused with the true "Hogslayer"TC and John Gregory did start building a triple of their own, but it was never completed.
To me the Hogslayer name on the Alan Mavor bike just does not seem right, as it is missing a key ingredient in the build to deserve the legendary name.