Honda’s 6 cylinder 297cc RC174 racebike ridden by Mike Hailwood has been one of the more amazing race bikes ever built. The April issue of Motorcyclist magazine has the story of George Beale, a retired pharmacist, who has scratch built a number of replicas, taking on and completing the replication of the tiny Honda. Fascinating story of the highly advanced technology Honda used at the time and the almost impossible complexity of the engine. George had Honda’s permission and assistance for the project but worked without drawings because even Honda had none.
If you like engine technology, don’t miss this one.
George Beale’s website (RC174 not listed)
Image source: Honda Japan