Saturday, April 30, 2011

Well it's been a while and time for a fresh update.  Unfortunately I've been very busy but haven't spent a lot of time on my computer doing any CAD work. 

One exciting happening is the recent opening of the 2nd Stage of Intercad's ESP Competition.  I will be  downloading the files and entering the 2nd Stage tomorrow.  I look forward to getting started on working on a design for the wheels and drivetrain and hopefully I can come up with something innovative and can have a bit of fun with this stage.  Be sure to check out the ESP website and if you are an Australian or New Zealander get your entry underway for the 2nd Stage.

I went to the 2011 Broadford Bike Bonanza on the Saturday of the Easter long weekend.  Broadford is a motorcycle racing complex in Central Victoria and they host an anual motorcycle event that features Motorcross, Off-Road Enduro racing, Speedway/Flat Track racing and Road Racing all at the same venue on the same weekend. 

I originally was drawn to the event when I heard that 1 of 10 Brtten V1000's was being bought across to be ridden at the event by fomer Motorcycle World Champion Hugh Anderson and that also Rod Tingate would be in attendance with his Replica of Kim Newcombes Konig Racebike.  The Britten V1000 and the original Konig were for the most part designed by very talented and visionary New Zealanders.  John Britten for the V1000 and Kim Newcombe for the Konig.  Unfortunately both of these brilliant men had there lives cut way too short.  This made seeing these bikes on track in person all the more special.   Below are some pics from the event of Rod's Konig and the Britten V1000.

I was happily surprised when I arrived to find that the Irving Vincent Team was attending and fielding several of there racebikes.  Including their Racing Sidecar entry and track debuting their Irving Vincent 4 valve V twin engine.  The Irving Vincent bikes are always beautifully turned out and use a re-engineered version of Phil Irving's 1946 push rod V twin Vincent engine.  Power output is up around 160 - 170hp.  It was certainly a thrill to see Hugh Anderson on the Britten V1000 and motorcycling journalist Alan Cathcart on the Irving Vincent running around on the track together.

Below are some pics of the HRD Engineering - Irving Vincent racebikes.

Unfortunately I didn't take pics of all the great machinery running on the day.  I did manage to take a couple of pics of a beautiful Boardtracker Indian, a very nice Replica of a Ken McIntosh framed Suzuki and of Ian Drysdale's "Drysdale V8" bike.  Alan Cathcart took out Ian's bike in the 2nd Celebrity session on the Saturday afternoon. 

Thanks for checking in on my blog.  Hopefully the next installment will include some new CAD work.

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