It's an odd thing, nostalgia and pix (long-ish)

Discussion in 'UK Motorcycles' started by The Older Gentleman, Sep 17, 2008.

  1. This evening I went up into the attic (had to get Number One Son to set
    up the stepladder because my left hand still isn't up to snuff).

    For reasons that will become clear in the next month or two, I was
    looking for old photographs of the Bol. I had a recollection that I'd
    stuffed a load of colour slides into a box when we moved house, and I
    had a feeling I knew, geographically, where the box was in the attic[1].

    And I found it. Blimey, it was bigger than I recalled. That was because
    it was absolutely *full* of little plastic boxes and plastic sheets
    containing good old-fashioned colour transparencies.

    And then I remembered. Our first flat, in Tooting, 25+ years ago, was
    becoming flooded with pictures. B/w and colour prints, slides, whatever.
    And I'd made a conscious decision to keep anything I shot on slide film,
    and bin most of the rest.

    So I started going through the pile of stuff, to see what I had. And
    **** me, I have a gold mine.

    I have racing shots of all the big endurance race teams between
    (roughly) 1982 and the late 1990s. I was looking at the pix and
    thinking: (please excuse the vanity) "**** me, that's a nice shot. I
    took that, on an old manual Pentax? I'd be pleased to get a shot like
    that today." And: "Christ, I'd *completely* forgotten that...." And:
    "Oh, yeah, I remember that shot. Bol d'Or 1994...."

    While I took racing shots, because in those days I was experimenting
    with technique and so forth, I pointed the camera at anything that
    amused me at the Bol or Le Mans. Pictures of people behind walls built
    of empty beer bottles. Comatose drunkards. Utterly horrific motorcycles.
    A fabulous shot of a certain ukrm Lothario cutting his toenails, in the
    entrance to his tent at Paul Ricard. Whatever. "Atmosphere" shots. And
    25 years later, people want 'em[2].

    It's a funny old world.

    [1] Imagine my garage contents spread out flat, in two dimensions if you
    willl, and you have a picture of the Chateau's attic.

    [2] I'm now wondering what was in the stuff that I threw out....
    The Older Gentleman, Sep 17, 2008
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  2. Smartarse. Clever smartarse, mind.
    The Older Gentleman, Sep 17, 2008
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  3. No, the VF750 was a 750 (because boring one out was so expensive and
    difficult as to be nearly impossible).

    The earlier CB900 was the big-bore bike that was stuffed full of RSC

    PS: YGM
    The Older Gentleman, Sep 17, 2008
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    Lozzo Guest

    Was it the RSC kitted Hondas that got nicked from Howard Lees' garage?
    Lozzo, Sep 17, 2008
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    Lozzo Guest

    Honda did build an 850 variant at some point. I remember reading about
    the history of those and the NR models in a book.
    Lozzo, Sep 17, 2008
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    antonye Guest

    Coffee table book. YKIMS.
    antonye, Sep 17, 2008
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    SD Guest

    A book? Crikey.

    Joey used to run an RS850, and does so in V Four Victory.
    SD, Sep 18, 2008
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    Champ Guest

    The year before the regs changed from 1000cc to 750cc, the works Honda
    endurance team ran and 850 V4. This wasn't really a VFR, more the
    forerunner for the RVF. While they gave a 150cc that year, they
    gained a load of experience on the new bike and cleaned up the
    following few years with the 750.

    The 850 was pretty rare and special, and was only used for one season,
    so I doubt very much that BIKE ever got their hands on one.
    Champ, Sep 18, 2008
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    Champ Guest

    Of course, I'd forgotten that!

    I think the F1 and Endurance rules changed to 750s for 84, which means
    that Honda built and ran 850 in 83; The TT lap on V for Victory was
    recorded in 1983, so that makes sense.
    Champ, Sep 18, 2008
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    Lozzo Guest

    It was in a book[1], but now you mention it, Joey was on an 850 in the

    [1] Lent to me by my current housemate, Carl, back in 1988. He finally
    got it back 5 or 6 weeks ago.
    Lozzo, Sep 18, 2008
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    darsy Guest

    completely left-field, and much later (late 90s), but ISTR that
    Performance Bikes ran a fairly modified VF*R*750 in some endurance
    darsy, Sep 18, 2008
  12. I'd never underestimate Howard Lees' blagging power, mind.
    The Older Gentleman, Sep 18, 2008
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    CT Guest

    Depends how wobbly your coffee table is and how thick the book is.
    CT, Sep 18, 2008
  14. I remember the bike vividly. Bloo and yellow/white, it was. But an 850
    kit..... possible, but I think it was only ever a 750. BICBW.
    [email protected], Sep 18, 2008
  15. I'd put it down to age and ossification of the grey matter.

    Phil Launchbury, Sep 18, 2008
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    boxerboy Guest

    Must get a flickr account

    boxerboy, Sep 18, 2008
  17. I'll have the truth in my archive of Bike magazines, if I can be arsed
    to look.
    The Older Gentleman, Sep 18, 2008
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    Pip Guest

    Before you do that, learn to post FFS. You could start with
    "Attribution lines" and work your way through the alphabet with great
    benefit to many people.
    And get a sigsep while you're at it.
    Pip, Sep 18, 2008
  19. Pip's right. You use a Mac: try MacSoup again. It's simply one of the
    best (if not the best, full stop) newsreader available.
    [email protected], Sep 19, 2008
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    Eddie Guest

    And learn to snip, eh?
    Eddie, Sep 19, 2008
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