Brooklands Racer Replica

It took four years for specialist engineer Carl Wadkin-Snaith to build this 500cc Sprint Special from scratch. His carefully-crafted creation absorbed endless hours of effort and expertise, and eventually evolved into this tribute to the Brooklands’ racers of the original Roaring Twenties. And when it gets going, Carl’s Sprint Special certainly delivers a roar all of its own… Any project…

Norton Dominator: an Australian investigation. Part 2

Bruce J Tinworth continues his investigation into the intriguing Australian export model of Norton’s famous sporting twin. He discovers the Model 7R, a rigid-framed Dominator, trimmed in iridescent colour-schemes, often incorporating innovative and upgraded components… In August 1950, 84 motorcycles were displayed in Brisbane at Australia’s annual motorcycle exhibition. The models displayed by Andersons Agencies included a new rigid-framed twin-cylinder…

Norton Dominator: an Australian investigation. Part I

The history of Norton’s sporting twin is well-known around the world, but enthusiast Bruce J Tinworth has uncovered intriguing details about how a very special version of the Dominator ended up in Australia. But first, some background information… Spot the difference between this 1951 Norton twin, and its 1948 counterpart below In the depressed, post-war economic climate, Norton Motors took…

Kawasaki or Commando?

They may both be 750 twins but there aren’t that many other similarities between the Kawasaki Z750 and Norton’s Commando. However, it turns out that many RC readers have experience of both, as Colin Leighfield reveals… It was great to see John Hunter’s letter in RC195 about his Kawasaki Z750B twin. With the short rear mudguard it looks like an…