A couple of years ago I decided it might be a good idea to build a bike specifically for flat track/Dirt Quake type events. I'd competed at four Dirt Quakes, three on my old Triumph chop, but I fancied something a bit more suitable/faster. As a small pensioner, a vintage two stroke should be ideal, nice and light and pretty affordable in comparison to old British stuff. A couple of Bultacos and a Honda Elsinore caught my eye but passed by. I only really fancied the Honda as I
Pete Stansfield continues the story of his cool Triumph, Old Blu' Read Old Blu Part 1 Reverse head, no front brake I sold it to Peter Allan, Bonneville Salt Flats racer and owner of many Triumphs. He said he would never change it and would offer it back to me first if he wanted to sell it. Two years later, by the magic of today's technology, I bought it back while in the Atlas Mountains having just got back from camel riding. My aim now was to make it useable which in all hon
Old Blu' in 2010 (Guy Bolton/GKM) When one of our Sideburn racing ambassadors, John Harrison mentioned Pete Stansfield in a recent blog post (The Stansfield Effect) , Pete got in touch. He is a bike breaker; former rally driver; proper job avoider; he ran the popular Eat The Rich blog for a few years and is a regular at Sideburn and Dirt Quake events on a variety of different bikes. One of Pete's bikes, in particular, has interesting tale that we wanted to share. So here is p
The latest instalment from Sideburn ambassador, John Harrison.
I first encountered Sideburn mate and perennial Dirt Quaker Pete Stansfield at the 2011 Hotrod Hayride, where he had ventured south to run his Triumph sprint/drag bike at the 1/8th mile Detonator Drags at Dunsfold in Surrey. He told me it was the first time the bike had been out since 1972. I was racing my Harley 45 and drew Pete in my first race. Needless to say, he had blasted across the finish line before I c