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CASTROL SIX HOUR - 1974: Controversy, of course I wanted the BMW's to win and Bryan Hindle specifically to add to his Six Hour victories, hence I focussed my attention and camera on the Hindle (Bike No.5) and Eastmure (Bike No.6). I really wanted to see the new BMW R90S compete, no sir,  it was banned because it had an unfair 'fairing' advantage. Suffice to say the only BMW R90S in the 1974 race was delegated to Travelling Marshall duties!

Warren Willing on the Kawasaki H2 750 made all other entrants look very pedestrian, sadly the rear tyre failed an inspection by Scrutineers during a routine fuel stop and the team were directed to do a tyre change which they had never planned for. The team immediately withdrew from the event. Willing was very critical of the Scrutineers at the time appearing on a Current Affairs Show the following day where he proved the machine more than capable of completing the event on the original 'worn' rear tyre.

After all the directives and scrutineering smoke and mirrors, Kawasaki Z1 900's achieved a clean sweep. Ken Blake/Len Atlee getting the 'win' achieving 344 laps, from John Warrian (solo!) on 339 laps, with third going to Chevell/Mayes on 336 laps.

 

RACE DAY: Another Le Mans start.

#1: GREGG HANSFORD and #6: JOE EASTMURE

#7: KEN BLAKE, #6: JOE EASTMURE AND #1: GREGG HANSFORD

 

#5: BRYAN HINDLE

#6: JOE EASTMURE CHARGING UP BITUPAVE HILL

#6: JOE EASTMURE

 

THE CHEQUERED: The Hindle/Knight BMW R90/6 took the Chequered and the Trophy!, but, post race scrutineering determined 'BMW optional' front fork spring spacers, as fitted, made the BMW's illegal!! I recall the spacers offered a degree of preload on the front fork springs, read fractionally more cornering clearance for the Boxer Engine Rocker Covers. I believe BMW listed the spacers as an 'option' for heavy solo loads and/or Sidecar use, regardless they 'were' a genuine listed R90/6 accessory item!. Oh and the Hindle/Knight machine was docked two laps following a lap scoring problem.

I witnessed my hero Bryan Hindle 'win' on the day and I have no hesitation retaining and displaying the winners 'on the day', Bryan what a rider, Clive not to shabby either!

#5: BRYAN HINDLE (YELLOW CAP) AND CLIVE KNIGHT, OK THEY 'WON' ON THE DAY!

I LOVE NEW TECHNOLOGY, TABLETS, LAPTOPS, DIGITAL CAMERAS, MOBILE PHONES/WIRELESS BROADBAND, GPS, ETC.  ALL SO COOL AND 'PORTABLE'......


Copyright 2013   Derek J. Hanbidge,  (aka Deejay51),  all rights reserved.
Revised: August 25, 2013.

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