Bonhams | 16-Oct-2016 | The Autumn Stafford Sale Important Collectors Motorcycles | Venue : Stafford, Staffordshire County Showground
Category : Classic Motorcycles
Lot No. : 247
Year : 1969
Engine Size : -
Engine No. : # TD1C-000168
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale
The ex-works, NCR, Sports Motor Cycles, Roger Nicholls, Isle of Man TT Formula 1

• Rebuilt by Yamaha Grand Prix mechanic and founder of the Yamaha Classic Team, Ferry Brouwer
• Historic, record-breaking Yamaha
• Offered with a letter from Des Heckle outlining its history
This record-braking Yamaha sprinter was built for the 1970 season by established sprinting star Des Heckle following a request from Peter Padgett of Padgett's of Batley. Padgett's supplied the Yamaha TD1C racing engine, which Des installed in a frame designed by him and fabricated by Keith Stephenson. The machine had its first outing at Topcliffe in April 1970, and Des rode it a further 24 times that season, being unbeaten with a best quarter-mile time of 11.74 seconds and best flying quarter-mile speed of 134mph. At the NSA's Elvington meeting in September 1970, the Heckle Yamaha set two new world records: standing kilometre (22.835 seconds) and standing mile (33.26 seconds). At the end of 1971/beginning of 1972, Des sold the sprinter (minus its Padgett-supplied engine) to a Mr B L White of Wolverton, Buckinghamshire. The machine later passed into the ownership of Graham Head, from whom it was purchased by former Yamaha Grand Prix mechanic and founder of the Yamaha Classic Team, Ferry Brouwer. Rebuilt by Ferry using a correct Yamaha TD1C engine, the ex-Heckle sprinter was reunited with its creator at the Stafford Show in April 2016. This historic, record-breaking Yamaha sprinter is offered with a period MCN press cutting, period photographs, and a letter from Des Heckle outlining its history.