I've known Rob Iannucci for years, seen his Team Obsolete racing in the UK, on the Island and in the States, but never had the opportunity to visit the team’s base in Brooklyn. So even for someone who has been up close to the team, Olivier de Vaulx’ feature in this issue offers a fascinating look behind the scenes at one of classic racing’s most colourful equipes.
Back on home soil, we also go behind the scenes at one of our unsung national treasures, Wasp Motorcycles – a firm that continues to make a wide range of motorcycles and rolling chassis kits using old-school production methods and once produced a bullet-proof 1000cc four-stroke twin engine that earned fame in the off-road sidecar world.
There’s a competition bike flavour to this issue. Phillip Tooth discovered a delightful Jap 250-engined special and went to Brooklands for a unique 1900s Trike gathering. But there are some cool road bikes, too: a super-tuned Triumph TT special, a Continental 250 Enfield and a Matchless G15/45.
Rick’s been fettling a garage full of Sunbeams and we show how to fit a Boyer electronic ignition system to a Dommie.
Enjoy the read.
Inside the February issue
Stealth & Efficiency
At first glance it’s ‘just’ a tidy Triumph 650. But look closer and you’ll find a multitude of beautiful modifications
We pay a visit to Team Obsolete, prime movers in the classic racing boom
Doing the Continental
Long-term CB readers may recognise James French’s Royal Enfield – 11 years after it appeared in our pages, we got to go out for a ride on it