Exciting Thunderbird

With reference to the sprung-hub Thunderbird on the cover of the August 2020 issue.

I remember back in the late 1950s, when I started racing, I met future Senior TT runner-up Joe Dunphy in the pits at Brands Hatch.

Guess what he was racing?

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Second only to the great Mike Hailwood/MV pairing in the 1965 Senior TT, Joe Dunphy on the Francis Beart Norton.

A sprung hub Thunderbird. I asked Joe what was it like round Paddock bend.

His reply was one word: “Excìting!”

Brian Stannard,
via email.

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