The way we were: June 1963

Testing the 50cc 12-speed Kreidler racer in the Isle of Man, journalist David Dixon hit 98mph in ninth gear, a remarkable effort with Dixon’s 12 stone frame on board. The engine’s main power band was between 10 and 12,000rpm and it seemed to die below 8000rpm.

Despite its performance the Kreidler of Hans-Georg Anscheidt could do no better in the IoM 50cc TT than third to the works Suzukis of winner Mitsuo Itoh and Hugh Anderson.

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During TT week, Jim Redman (Honda) scored wins in the 250cc Lightweight and Junior races with Anderson (Suzuki) taking the Lightweight 125cc race from team mates Frank Perris and Ernst Degner. In the sidecar TT, Florian Camathias (FCS) beat the BMWs of Scheidegger and Birch, while in the week closing Senior race, Mike Hailwood (MV Agusta) won from the six year old Gileras of John Hartle and Phil Read.

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