A Brief History of the Italian Marque
The Jada 500 GP was built by Jack Findlay and Daniele Fontana using a Suzuki TR500 engine and first raced in 1972. A water-cooled version appeared in 1973. Previously Findlay and Fontana had worked together at Cardani.
Jada is an acronym derived from Jack and Daniele.
Findlay's racing career is the stuff of legend and includes 15 finishes at the Isle of Man TT.
Jack was quite the gentleman, and after his retirement from road racing he became Grand Prix technical director for the FIM, a wise choice given his multilingual skills and considerable knowledge of the field. He settled in France and married Dominique, widow of Georges Monneret (a French motorcycle dealer notable for having ridden his Vespa from France to England before there was a tunnel).
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