Bombing along the wide empty roads of the Mendips with my head tucked behind the Velocette’s race screen, it needed little imagination to transport my mind back to 1967 and picture myself on the Isle of Man heading for the flag in that year’s 500cc Production TT.
In the decade before 1967, the famous races had been largely the domain of pukka racers, but for the Diamond Jubilee event the ACU had decided that something of the original intent of the Tourist Trophy should be resurrected and it introduced a class for standard production machines.
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