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2002 Barry Sheene 500cc FWD Manx Replica

Britain's great road racing hero Barry Sheene won his 1975 and 1977 500cc world championships on foreign machines. But when Bazza returned to the sport decades later to contest historic bike events, he rode a newly-made version of the most classic British racer, the single cylinder Manx Norton.

2002 Barry Sheene 500cc FWD Manx Replica

In 2002, Sheene scored two wins on this Manx at Donington Park in classic support races for the British round of the MotoGP. In both events, staged by the international historic racing organisation INCA, the popular ex-champion showed his evergreen skills and courage by beating the cream of Europe's classic racers. Barry said the victories meant a lot to him, since he had never won a British GP race during his original career.

2002 Barry Sheene 500cc FWD Manx Replica

The Norton is one of the fast and light 500cc Manx replicas built by Fred Walmsley. While mainitaining a sixties appearance, the Walmsley Manx incorporates modern refinements, including a belt primary drive that does not drop oil on the track like the original chain's drip feed. It has a six-speed Hemmings gearbox, a Gardner flat-side carburettor and a cylinder head cast in magnesium alloy. Thanks to a shortened crankshaft stroke and modern valve springs, its engine can be revved harder than the original, producing more power strokes over a given distance.

 

 

2002 Barry Sheene 500cc FWD Manx Replica

Although assembled principally for Barry to race and displayed just as it was set up for him, thia FWD Manx also took other riders to success. John Cronshaw won two INCA races on it in 2002 and Glen English rode it in some races on his way to winning the 2003 FIM world classic series.

Sadly, Barry Sheen succumbed to cancer in 2003. In that year Barry's Australian friend Wayne Gardner, a former 500cc world champion, was invited to ride the FWD Manx at the annual Goodwood Revival meeting. Appropriately, he won a Barry Sheen Memorial Trophy race.

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