Freelance motorcycle & vehicle tester, writer & photographer

Wanted!

 Our recent motorcycle heritage and riders are quickly being forgotten. I hope to put that right.

I research and write magazine articles including profiles on past riders, special bikes, events and circuits.

 

Right now I really need Castrol 6 Hour full results, from most years. The organisers gave these to the entrant and included results of all finishers.

I'm always on the hunt for any old action or pits photos for; The NZ Castrol 6 Hour (all years, 1974 to 1988), The Marlboro Series, the famous 1980 Suzuki GSX1100 Black Pipers, Suzuki RG700/XR23 square four factory racer (late 1970s but only in the UK), very early Yamaha TZ750 photos (1974), Kiwi Kim Newcomber's Konig 500 (Europe, 1971 -1973), the NZ built BSL500, Rodger Freeth's infamous aerofoiled TZ750 (1977).

Plus riders Dave Hiscock, Neville Hiscock, Rodger Freeth, Robert Holden, Bob Toomey, Vince Sharpe, Dale Wylie, John Boote, Trevor Discombe, John Woodley, Graeme Crosby, Keith Turner, Ginger Molloy, Hugh Anderson and any other important NZ racer from the 1970s and 1980s.

All photos copied and returned intact. If not your own, all the better if you know who the original photographer is.

Also wanted to borrow or buy are any old New Zealand Motorcycle News (NZMCN) magazines, again, printed from 1974 to about 1985 or '86. Especially the 1975, 1981 and 1982 issues with Castrol 6 Hour reports. or even those with the race previews. Some Australian Revs magazines also had previews and race reports too. All highly valuable to research the extensive feature articles I write.

I hope you can help. Just contact me via the Contact page, or Email  tappit@paradise.net.nz  Ph 07 850-4294

Additional;

I'm still searching for my early 1980s Suzuki GSX1100 powered F1 bike. After I road kitted in 1983-'84 then sold it to a Hamilton rider in 1984, it was painted yellow and later sold ‘on behalf’ at Mike Vinsen Suzuki in Auckland, around 1986. This is a distinctive bike with a half-race fairing, single seat, triangulated swingarm, gold race rims, and a super-fast engine with drilled fins. Always attracted a crowd! This was bought from Mike Vinsen Suzuki "on behalf" in 1986 and was raced again, at Pukekohe, for a couple of years.

That was until a person who knew where the bike was garaged stole it from the owner, around 1989. It is known where this person worked at the time, however the bike has never been seen since. Was it scrapped for parts?

If anyone can anonymously help lead me to any of the parts I'd really appreciate it as it truely was a special bike!

Please contact Terry on 027 222-5656 or email tappit@paradise.net.nz. Any help very much appreciated.

See more photos of the F1 bike in the Photo Galley from when I raced it (with high and low bars), and after it was repainted yellow (below).