The way we were: August 1963


Brian Martin

Peter Stirland (246cc Greeves) was runner-up and Alex Wright (246cc Greeves s/c) relegating Langston to the sidecar class runner’s-up spot. Class awards were 150cc: R Weston (James), 250cc: Eric Adcock (Dot), 350cc: Don Smith (252cc Greeves) and Sammy Miller took the 500cc award.

Having launched a 60mm vibration resistant speedometer at last November’s Earls Court Show, Smith’s unveiled an 80mm version for medium and heavyweight machines. For the three rubber snubbers and grommets to do their job, the speedometers needed mounting in the headlamp shell to ensure accurate location of the driving cable.

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Following advice from road racer John Hartle, DMW revamped its 246cc single cylinder two-stroke Villiers Starmaker powered Hornet road racer. Improvements included an all welded single top tube, double cradle frame, a new double sided six-inch front drum brake and the exhaust expansion chamber (part flattened) was under the engine, with tiny stub tail pipes directing the exhaust gases either side of the rear wheel.

Reliant announced it was moving to new premises, the former factory site of Stampings Alliance Ltd at Shenstone. With its new 45,000 square feet factory Reliant planned to increase production from 150 to 250 vehicles per week.

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