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Bob
15th September 2004, 23:04
According to a press release, the Custom & Hot Rod Show, at Advocate Stadium in Whangarei this weekend will feature a Britten – a bike that, aside from a truly awful paint scheme, featured a number of innovative features.

Aside from the Britten, the show also features “Muscle cars, street rods, fast and furious cars, speedway cars and bikes, rally cars, and motorbikes join the latest from vehicle franchises such as Ford, Holden, Honda and BMW, as well as a new Dodge Viper and 1955 F100 truck.”

For more details, ring : (09) 438 2284


(Please forgive me if any details are a little wonky - I don't know the show or the area... and the press release was cobbled together by the unlimited number of monkeys trying to come up with Shakespeare, during their lunch break. Evidence being putting the ampersand after 'Hot Rod'... amongst other boo-boos)

merv
16th September 2004, 07:09
The only thing you got wonky is your comment about the paint job. For a racing machine I thought it was top class.

Bob
16th September 2004, 08:03
The only thing you got wonky is your comment about the paint job. For a racing machine I thought it was top class.

Fair point - each to their own.

Anyone got a photo of a Britten to show everyone what we're on about?

Eddieb
16th September 2004, 08:25
Here you go

http://www.britten.co.nz

I think most everyone here in NZ will know what they are so this will be for all those in Forn parts.

riffer
16th September 2004, 08:46
This is more like it I reckon...

riffer
16th September 2004, 08:47
I really should credit my source.

This pic is taken from Richard Chapman's Britten Photographs site, which can be found here:

http://www.richardsplace.net/britten.htm

Some amazing Britten pics.

NordieBoy
16th September 2004, 18:56
http://motorsport.nelson.geek.nz/other/Britten-Nelson-2003-11-25/cardinal-britten-right-rear.jpg

Blakamin
16th September 2004, 19:02
I've got an old pommy "performance bike" mag from '94 that says "anything worth doing to make a race bike innovative, and faster, has been done by Britten" or words to that effect!

not bad praise from the biggest selling motorbike mag in the UK :niceone:

Bob
16th September 2004, 19:08
I've got an old pommy "performance bike" mag from '94 that says "anything worth doing to make a race bike innovative, and faster, has been done by Britten" or words to that effect!

not bad praise from the biggest selling motorbike mag in the UK :niceone:

PB, the biggest selling motorbike mag in the UK? Not by a long way. I think PB sells about 50,000 a month... so it is miles behind Bike, which has audited sales over 100,000.

Oddly enough, Bike were talking about the Britten in this month's issue - they were saying pretty much that Britten had features that the current bikes are still catching up with. I'll try to dig it out when I get home and copy out what they said.

Blakamin
16th September 2004, 19:16
PB, the biggest selling motorbike mag in the UK? Not by a long way. I think PB sells about 50,000 a month... so it is miles behind Bike, which has audited sales over 100,000.


It's what it said on the cover of the one i was reading...with britten bits... lastnight!... like I said, 94 or 95 tho!

Blakamin
16th September 2004, 19:24
OOOPss
Jan 94... 78,343 copies
in a feature about future bike design

"Thinking of a logical development for current bikes and the odds are Britten has tried it. Minimal frame, stressed engine, aerodynamics which are functional rather than sylized - and the wonderful thing is it looks good too"

and then they showed this
(soz....dont own a scanner)

matthewt
16th September 2004, 21:50
Anyone got a photo of a Britten to show everyone what we're on about?

OK, I've attached my favourite. Excuse the poor lighting, I couldn't be bothered dragging the frame downstairs just to take a photo.

I have lots more tucked away in a album somewhere. At the time the photo's included the bikes at the ChCh "Factory" being stripped down at a time when some of the internals were still a bit hush-hush.

Antallica
16th September 2004, 23:27
Sweet, I'm there :D

LB
17th September 2004, 05:13
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Real special piccie Matthewt. Treasure it forever.
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NordieBoy
17th September 2004, 08:09
and then they showed this
(soz....dont own a scanner)

Now that looks like a Tony Foale (www.tonyfoale.com) nightmare.

vifferman
17th September 2004, 09:01
This is more like it I reckon...Oh yeah! I was lucky enough to be living in Chch when there were 3 (three!!) Brittens racing in the NZ Grand Prix - they finished 1st, 2nd and 4th, and bikes 1 and 2 wheelied the length of the home straight of Ruapuna on the finishing lap. Awesome! And my wife worked right across the road from the factory, and so I often used to see all the bikes outside on a nice day!

Bike were talking about the Britten in this month's issue - they were saying pretty much that Britten had features that the current bikes are still catching up with. Yup, ram air, programmable injection, engine as a stressed part of the frame, extensive use of carbon fibre, etc. etc.