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Speedway Workshop

This site is an archive of the pages known as The Workshop Speedway and GrassTrack Machines previously at http://speedwaybikes.fortunecity.net/ 

Pages By: chris@exeter-falcons.demon.co.uk 

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Speedway Workshop

A list of the archive files may be found here: Speedway Workshop Archive

  General Bikes On The Bench
  Year Machine Detail
  1926 AJS The AJS "Special Racing" GR7 Big Port.
  1951 AJW The AJW "Speedfox" machine.
  1950 Apfelbeck A rare Machine from Vienna
  1983 Bellini The Italian Bellini Engines.
  19?? Benelli A rare Italian Dirt track machine.
  199? BM500 The latest Czech machine
  1929 BSA S29 The Poor Man's Speedway machine
  197? B.S.A The British Mk1 and Mk2 BSA
  1929 Calthorpe The 350cc Calthorpe "Speedway Special"
  19?? Champion A "Champion" Framed JAP (we think)
  1973 Cole MK3 The Cole and Elstar Cole Machines
  1985 Comet The Comet with the "Flexiflyer" frame
  1929 Coventry-Victor The 488cc OHV Flat twin.
  1934 Crocker The American Crocker DT machine.
  1984 Datzmann The German Speedway and Longtracker.
  1978 Denco The Revolutionary engine from N.Zealand
  1966 The Dirtrax Bert Kingston's Australian Dirtrax
  19?? D.K.W Information needed on the German DKW
  1928 Douglas The - RA, DT, Langton and Red Devil
  197? DR500 The German engine designed for Longtrack
  1967 EiCoH The Japanese Machine by Engine Honda
  1928 Enfield The Royal Enfield JAP
  197? ERLA The German SOHC 2-valve Longtracker
  197? ERLA Godden/Ducati Featuing a Ducati Desmodromic motor
  1936 Excelsior The Excelsior with Long 5 JAP
  1949 Excelsior Mk2 The Excelsior JAP Mk2 Model
  1946 Fairchild/Roccio The Horizontal Fairchild/Roccio
  197? Fairchild The American Jerry Fairchild design
  197? FBM An Italian 4vv DOHC machine
  1956 F.I.S The Polish copy of the JAP
  1953 Galbusera The Italian O.H.V machine 
  1928 Glanfield Rudge One of the earliest purpose designed machines.
  1979 GM Giuseppe Marzotto's Italian Motor - The Story
  1978-91 Godden The Story behind Don Godden's Engine
  1968 Greeves Don Smith's Speedway Greeves.
  1936 Grosskreutz The arrival of the modern day frame type.
  1929 Harley The Legendary "Peashooter"
  1934 Harley The Lesser Known Two Port 30.50ci and CAC models
  1988 Hasegawa The Japanese racing machine
  1967 Hedlund The Swedish DOHC Unit Construction
  1984 Hejisun The "All-Australian" machine
  19?? HSG The The Norwegian built HSG machine.
  1998 Honda The engine for the future?.
  1931 Husqvarna The Swedish "Husky" Dirt Racer
  1975 Hynes The Dave Hynes Motor
  1928 Indian Spencer Stratton's Indian
  1929 James One of Speedways early Works V-Twins
  1979 JLR Camel The John Louis "Humped" Frame
  1947 Kermond The Exeter built Kermond Machine
  197? KT2 The Japanese KT2 built by the Kyokuto Co
  1987 Kyokuto The Japanese Mk2 Kyokuto
  1966 Lito The Motocross To Speedway Engine
  1974 Maely America's first purpose built machine
  1938 Martin Comerford Victor Martin's Comerford
  1938 Martin Rudge Victor Martin's Rudge
  1997 Masek The New JawesoMasek with Stuha frame.
  197? Matchless Jack Emmott's Classic Speedway Engine
  1928 Mc.Evoy So you thought Laydowns were new?
  1979 Mantovani A revolutionary rotary Valve Jawa conversion
  1939 Moseley Alec Moseley's "Super Frame"
  1920 Moto-Guzzi OHC 4 valve bronze head Guzzi factory racers [early 20's]?.
  1967 MSM The Australian Meirson Engine
  1974 MTRM The 1974 MTRM Desmodromic machine made by Carlo Mazzucato.
  1930 Norton Norton's Dirt Track Engine
  1989 Pinfold The Revolutionary Pinfold Frames
  1985 PPT The Phil Pratt Motor
  1928 P&M Panther The Phelon and Moore "Panther"
  1992 RB232 The Renato Battaglia Cylinder Head
  1929 Rex The Vintage REX dirt Tracker
  1951 Rogers The Rogers Steering and Throttle mechanisms
  1972 Roth The German Designed motor.
  1928 Rudge The First appearance of the Rudge
  1930 Rudge Major changes are made
  19?? Schneeweiss The Austrian Speedway/LongTrack machine
  1930 Scott The "Yowling" Two-Stroker
  1975 SHORT-UTEC An engine developed by John Short and the UTEC Company
  19?? SIWA The Siegfried Wartblichter Austrian Motor
  1967/68 SR60 Australian Fred Jolly's 60bhp Machine
  1949 SRM Leif Hveem's SRM (Swedish Racing Motor) engine 
  1929 Sunbeam Sunbeams first Dirt Tracker
  19?? Trava The early Italian 250cc Machine
  1946 Utensil Built and ridden by Bill Kitchen
  1949 Van Gorcum The Nico Van Gorcum machine
  1929 Velocette The KTD 411cc from Velocette
  1979 Villa The Italian OHV and DOHC engines
  1947 Vincent The Vincent Vampire Prototype
  1948 Vincent HRD The Mosleley follow-up to the Vampire
  1934 Whirlwind Wal Phillips built just two of these engines
  1979 The Williams Built by Ken Williams and his Father
  1994 Yamaha Trials For The Yamaha YZ250cc Engine


  The JAP Workbench
  Year Machine Detail
  1928/48/53 OEC Three of the O.E.C Machines
  1928 OK-Supreme JAP with magneto in front of engine
  1928 Lady The Belgian twin port machine
  1930 Wallis 350cc Wallis TT Twin Port engine
  1930  Comerford Housing L.H Horizontal Carb Motor
  1931 Dog Ear T/P The Dog-Eared Twin Port Engine
  1931 Dog Ear S/P The Dog-Eared Single Port (Twin Plug)
  1932 Short 4 L/H Carb-Short 4-Open Valved
  1932 Comerford Comerford with the latest Short-4
  1933 Rudge/JAP The Short-4 housed in Rudge Frame
  1933 Suecia The Swedish SMT-50 machine
  1933 Long Four First with Down Draught on Inlet Port
  1937 350 JAP The 350cc 5-Stud engine
  ** 500 JAP The 5-Stud Long and Short engines
Victor Martin Housing the JAP 5-Stud
  1948 Vic Duggan World Champion Vic Duggan Design
  1948 W.Phillips Wal Phillips Horizontal JAP
  1948 Staride The Erskine "Staride"
  1948 Martin Housing the JAP Long 5-Stud motor
  1948 Les Wotton Housing the Long JAP 5-Stud motor
  1949 Hynes The Dave Hynes JAP
  1949 Langton Eric Langton Mk4 Machine
  1949 Sloper Bob Lovell's Sloper JAP
  1949 Payne Payne JAP housing converted Short4
  1955 Arnott Frank Arnott's Desmodromic JAP
  1955 Huck Fynn With the earlier "Trombone" Forks
  1965 The Bewley George Bewley's Spring Forks machine
  1967 Erskine Restored JAP as ridden by S.Sjosten
  1960's Mattingly With "Trombone" forks and 4A motor.
  1960's 500 JAP Using C.B Ignition not Magneto
  19?? Jackson JAP An early Jackson JAP
  1952 Jackson-Rotrax-1 The most famed of JAP's
  1972 Rotrax-2 Rotrax with 4 valve engine.
  1962 Emstar John Patterson's Emstar machines
  1970's ERLA SOHC 2-Valve Conversion
  1970's RO Norwegian JAP with Weslake Head
  1975 84S The 500cc 4-Stud motor
  1970's Street JAP Neil Street's 4-Valve Conversion.
  1970's 4 Valve The rare 4-valve DOHC engine.


  The JAWA Workbench
  Year Machine Detail
  1934 PreWar JAWA A look at Pre-War Jawa machines
  1947 JOLI/ESO A look at the change from JOLI to ESO
  1955/61 ESO Various ESO Machines and Engines
  1968 Jawa 890 First of the Post-ESO Jawas 
  1970's "Smiley" Jawa 890 The Jawa with modified Fuel Injection
  1973 Jawa L/S The Jawa Long Stroke
  1970's Drake The American Drake 4v Conversion
  1970's Street The Mk1 and Mk2 Street Conversions
  1970's Luckhurst The Luckhurst 4 Valve Conversion
  1970's Watercooled The Jawa Watercooled D.T Engine
  1975 Ricksson Swedish OHV 4 Valve conversion 
  1976 ERM/JJM The Swedish ERM and JJM Engine
  1977 Briggo Jawa The Barry Briggs Conversion
  197? RTS Jawa The Roger Taylor RTS Conversion
  197? LS Jawa The LS DOHC to SOHC Conversion
  1976 Jawa 894/895 The DOHC 894 and 895 models
  1984 The SOHC 4 Valver
  1990 Jawa 898/893 The Jawa 898/893 Tech Sheets
  1984 JWS The JWS Mk1 & 2 Conversions
  1997 Brian The Jawa and Brian Frame
  1997 JAWA 898.5 The Latest of the Jawa's
  1998 Longtracker The Latest Jawa W/Cooled Longtracker
  1999 880 An 880 c35occ converted to 263cc and then to Laydown 
  2001 NEW Pictures of the Latest Jawa 


  The Weslake Workbench
  Year Machine Detail
  1974 Prototype The first ever Complete Weslake.
  197? Weslake 250 The Antig Mounted 250cc Weslake.
  197? OHV 5v Otto Lantenhammer first ever 5-valver.
  197? SOHC 5v The BVR SOHC 5 Valve Weslake engine.
  1977 Weslake OHV Roy Young's OHV 2-valver.
  1979 WeslakeSOHC The Manual for the SOHC Engine
  1975 SOHC Special The special with electronic ignition.
  1979 WeslakeDOHC The Weslake DOHC Four valve
  1975 Weslake Mk 4 Alan Grahame's Mk4 Weslake
  1979 Weslake Mk 5 The latest of the Weslakes
  1982 Weslake The New Prototype with fixed Bearing
  1983 Weslake The Otto Lantenhammer Weslake 


  Other Machines On the bench
  Year Machine Detail
  1994 Ellwood The Ellwood Hybrid - 2 Stroke or 4 Stroke?
  1974 GMT The George Mossmer Trauchau Conversion
  1998-99 Magnum Laydown A converted Magnum of Thomas Irming and Thomas Hartzberg
  1980-1 BHS Australian Bob Humphreys Special
  1982 ESO OHC Conversion A rare conversion by Rune Arvidsson.
  19?? The Gilera A post war adaption of the Gilera.
  19?? The BSA-Jawa An unusual BSA road bike.
  19?? The Dave Thompson Mystery JAP More Photo's of the "Mystery" machine.
  1970 The Bast American Mike Bast's machine.
  1934 The Killer An interesting story on this one.
  1973 Triumph An unusual Triumph Speedway Bike
  1977 JAP Moto-X An unusual JAP Scrambles machine
  1960's Hynes/Bond The "Back to Front" JAP ??
  1970's Gold Bikes When all that Glitters really is Gold
  1970's Higgs Platinum Bike JAP 4 valver with Street Head and Philips Injector
  193? BSA "Sloper" David Burgess's 1930-ish 500cc Sloper
  1925 Royal Rudge An Interesting Rudge Story
  1951 Enfield JAP Dick Tolley's Grass Machine
  1967 Aaen Norwegian designed 2-Stroker
  1970's Hagon The Hagon Range
  1974 Heath Hagon Roger Heath's Hagon
  1965 Aberl The Aber/Alfenbeck 4vv Longtracker
  19?? BobJones Bob "Mr Swindon" Jones's Machine
  1970's Maely-AJS A Maely Framed AJS 500 Machine
  1971 Vincent-Triumph A Vincent - Triumph Sidecar Outfit
  1970's Mistral The Last Remaining Mistral
  1970's Dula-JAP Gavin Davis's Dula
  1975 Porkchop The sectioned Harley Sporster
  1979 Cagiva-Hagon The Twin Cylinder 6-speed Longtracker
  1981 Heathen The JAWA conversion that never was.....

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