It isn’t every day you see 6 Britten motorcycles lined up together, in fact, you simply never see that, period. Well, maybe just this once. Last weekend was the 25th anniversary meeting of the Sound of Thunder – BEARS racing (British European American Racing Society) in New Zealand. Tim, one of our Kiwi readers, mentioned the gathering in a comment on another post and I asked him if he might have some photos of the event. He found these and sent them along. Here’s what he said in his comment:
Yep, I was out at Ruapuna on Sunday. It was the 25th anniversary meeting of the “Sound of Thunder.” BEARS racing (British European American Racing Society) was invented in Christchurch in New Zealand and their first meeting was in 1983. John Britten was one of the original people involved IIRC, and the the Estate had a display there to celebrate that. … There was a Ducati powered first attempt and the Denco powered second attempt, and three slightly different versions of the V1000.
John Britten is so well known for the design and development of his motorcycles and it is so often repeated, … what might he have built had he lived longer. Unfortunately, we’ll never know, but these bikes are a great example of his work.
Thanks, Tim, for the chance to see this!
More photos below: