Today’s moto-history pics show one of my favorite pieces in the collection because it consistently brings such a great “what the heck???” response from visitors.
I know you’re probably thinking these are simply photos of two separate carbs, one Amal and one from Mikuni, but what if I told you this is one carburetor?
Seems like back in the 1950’s and ’60’s Amal was happy to put a little extra cash in their pockets and eagerly hopped in bed with the Japanese manufacturers by licensing some designs to Mikuni. This Franken-carb is one of the results of that union.
And a little trivia test — who knows what the “392” stands for?
I thought it might be fun to do a few Moto-History posts on Facebook using our collection of assorted bike paraphernalia we’ve acquired over the years, along with some associated history to get folks excited about the “living history” you see in action at the Steel Stampede.
If Facebook isn’t your thing, I’ll be re-posting a few of the stories here.
I’m starting with a book we should probably all take some time to read before the AHRMA MX season starts in earnest – since we all want to know how to RIDE and WIN!
Authored by Chuck Minert, John McLaughlin, Don Pink and Bud Ekins in 1956, rumor has it that this was mostly ghost-written by Don Brown (Editor of Cycle Magazine) with contributions via interviews and letters from all the riders. This makes sense because I honestly can’t imagine these 4 competitive guys happily sitting around a kitchen table and writing a book together — at least not back in the day when they were still racing.
The first printing was funded by Bob Bates of Bates Leathers with a $5,000 loan, then Floyd Clymer stepped up and ordered another 5,000 copies to sell through the mail (was there anything printed about motorcycles in the US in those early days that Floyd didn’t have a hand in?).
Of course, since we’re talking motorcycles, this is going to be a pretty fun and fast trip!
To celebrate our 10th year at the Ranch, we’ve been posting photos from previous events every day on our Facebook page. Like the page and you’ll get a daily dose of Vintage MX and Trials fun, Crooked River Ranch style. We’re encouraging everyone to join in, add your own photos and video along with any stories of conquest or defeat. Everyone loves a good bench racing session, help us make this one epic!
Digital photography is a funny thing, it takes only seconds to snap hundreds of shots, then hours to edit and post them all. Back in the olden days of film photography you took time crafting each image, then sent the film off to the printer hoping for the best, it came back and the only thing left to do was put it in a photo album.
So, short story long, although I’m posting this with only photos of the Oakland Trials, I’ll be adding the Oakland MX and also the previous weekend’s Marymount Trials here soon.
As always, the MX photos will be searchable by your rider number.
Hope you have as much fun viewing these as I had taking them!