1960 NORTON 499CC MANX RACING MOTORCYCLE
Bonhams | 16-Oct-2016 | The Autumn Stafford Sale Important Collectors Motorcycles | Venue : Stafford, Staffordshire County Showground
Category : Classic Motorcycles
Lot No. : 217
Year : 1960
Engine Size : -
Chassis No. : # R 11M 86385
Engine No. : # R 11M 86385
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale
 

 

• Originally owned and raced by Dan Shorey: 'The Banbury Flyer'
• Matching frame and engine numbers
• Ray Petty engine and gearbox
• Present ownership since 2007
The vicissitudes of racing being what they are – crashes, blow-ups, rebuilds, component swaps, etc – it is not at all surprising that so many old racing motorcycles no longer have their original engines, which makes this 'matching-numbers' Manx something of a rarity. This particular machine was delivered new to the Taylor Dow dealership in Banbury, Oxfordshire on 27th April 1960 and was originally owned and raced by short circuit star and local hero, Dan Shorey: 'The Banbury Flyer'. Dan won many races aboard this '500' Manx, and in its first year of racing finished 9th in the Manx Grand Prixon it. In 1967, Dan sold the Norton to American racer Lance Weil, whom older enthusiasts may remember for his successful exploits on UK circuits riding an iron-engined Harley-Davidson, much to the embarrassment of the established home-grown stars. The Manx subsequently passed into the ownership of prominent UK-based collector Anthony Blight, and thence to one William Page. Its next owner was American former racer Ron Hazlehurst, winner of the 1948 Junior Clubman's TT on a Velocette, who took the machine back to the USA with him.
The Manx sat unused in a shop in California for many years before the current vendor, who was working in California at the time, was able to purchase it from Ron Hazlehurst. Since then, the vendor has paraded the ex-Shorey Manx at classic events around the UK. Tuned by noted Manx specialist, Ray Petty, the engine also incorporates a Bill Stuart modification of the main bearing collar, while the SU float chamber, fitted to prevent frothing, is another recognised modification. The gearbox is a five-speed Petty PGT. Other than having the fuel tank repainted, the machine is as purchased in 2007, and remains in highly original condition.
Accompanying documentation includes period photographs of Dan Shorey (1961 and 1965), magazine articles on Dan Shorey and Ray Petty, a CD of photographs, and the machine's CRMC Machine Registration Certificate (Group 1, Period 1).