Hurricane Warning!

We’ve just heard from the Trident and Rocket 3 Owners’ Club that their annual track-based festival of fabulous motorcycles will have a distinctly orange tinge to it this time around. The club’s Beezumph Rally is celebrating its own 30th birthday and also the 50th anniversary of the commercial launch of the iconic Triumph X-75 Hurricane.

Designed by Craig Vetter at the request of BSA’s American arm, the Hurricane was seen as a more acceptable design for US sensitivities than the square-sided BSA Rocket 3 upon which the Hurricane is based. Originally conceived as a BSA model, the X-75 Hurricane was launched in 1973 bearing Triumph badges after BSA ceased trading in 1972.

The Hurricane, with its stylish sloping bank of three cylinders, extended front forks, high handlebars, triple stacked silencers, and a swooping tank and seat unit in outlandish livery became an instant classic. Among the first of the factory custom models, it certainly won more hearts and minds than Norton’s Hi-Rider! Only 1170 Hurricanes were built during its short production run and most were exported to the USA.

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The TR3OC plan to mark the Hurricane’s significant milestone at Beezumph 30, which will take place at Anglesey Circuit on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th July 2023. B30 will feature camping, a ride-out on the 7th, track sessions on the 8th, bike displays, trophies for category winners, a marquee with band, food and bar and a guest speaker. We suspect there may well be one or two X-75s present, as well…

But don’t be misled by the Hurricane theme or the TR3OC’s dedication to three-cylinder motorcycles from the original British industry. The club welcomes rally attendees with any make and age of bike. Track sessions are categorised by the skill and experience levels of riders, from complete track beginners to fast riders and race bikes.

Tickets for B30 will be on sale by the end of April via the dedicated website. The TR3OC will also be at the Stafford Classic Bike Show in April, on the balcony in the main hall. There you can buy tickets in person and see the club’s Hurricane display and other Craig Vetter designs.

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Photos: TR3OC, RC RChive

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