Photos this year are a bit truncated due to local lost youths
nicking the digital camera. And the ancient scanner we used to
transfer chemical film has gone past the use-by date. Here are
some Ian Kew took of one of the more interesting FF novelties.
Look also at Ians site for some excellent colour shots of Colin Russell
hustling his Voyager round Cadwell Park.
the Gurney Alligator, Americas's latest FF. It's seen here at the
annual Goodwood motor-head event 'festival of Speed'. It's
uncannily like Arthur Middleton's GPz400 or John Bruce's BSA but
calling it a 'cut'nshut' wouldn't do justice to the very high level of
fit and finish. One of the nice things about FF's at shows is
that every now and again a member of the public turns up and firmly
explains the self-evident advantages of the type. And I stand
there thinking "See? It Is obvious. This randomly met
person understands it perfectly".
The thing that's different from these English FF's is the postion of the steering. I'm sitting as I would in my own Voyager (Now known as 'Fat Jogger') but as you can see the handlebars are in the normal 'motorcycle' position, easily 300mm in front of my hands. The remote handlebar set-up, connected to front forks with a link, as used from the Quasar to Arthurs GPZ does not feature on the alligator and I found it difficult to see how it could be ridden.
Fortunately Dan Gurney himself, with his son Justin and partner, were
on site to demonstrate that if you're a normally sized American you can
easily reach the handlebars. The Alligator is an interesting take
on the low CG option, much more of a 'modified motorcycle' than the
'new vehicle type'' taken by most Europeans. I'm sure everyone
found plenty to think about at this meeting...
History The Banana Early Prototypes Voyagers 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
Last update 31 May 2004. comments etc to ingrid oesten
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