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    Trevor Hughes

    This month Bike magazine have printed their 500th issue. I remember following reports of Team bike back in the 1980’s as they campaigned a tuned CB900, a FZ750 and an RC30 in the 24 hour endurance championship. They raced at Le Mans, SPA and the Paul Ricard. This year former team and club member Ian Martin was joined by Stephane Mertens, they resurrected the original team, pulled the RC30 out of storage and rode it to a Race win in the Classic Bold’or at Magny-Cours. There’s a good report on their adventure and a promise to return for next years event, which returns to the Paul Ricard 18th September 2015.


    Hi Trev, showing my age a bit here, remember buying the first copies when i was riding around on a Norton Commando in the early 70’s

    Yes they used to do some very good articles and run good teams

    Seem to remember they had a 1100R lookalike, fitted with a 998 RSC kit that was on display at Mallory a few years back


    Trevor Hughes

    Hi Keith
    The CB1100R lookalike is the tuned CB900 I mentioned. The article refers to it as a CB1000 so you are probably right many RSC parts fitted. My understanding is Ian was part of the original Team Bike/Howard Lees Racing. Ian had the CB1000 at Mallory on display but didn’t want to damage the original bike so his idea was to build a replica. He joined the club and bought a Dutch CB1100R which he raced very successfully in standard trim, however due to him making contact with many of the Team they have now started Classic racing on the original Team Bike Machines. Clearly a win at the Classic Bold’or on an RC30 shows that once a racer always a racer. Good luck to them all.

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