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Minichamps 1:12 Barry Sheene Suzuki RG500 1976 500cc World Champion! is once again delighted to team up with our friends at Grand Prix Legends to offer this highly detailed, 1:12 scale replica of Barry Sheene's 1976 500cc World Championship winning Suzuki RG500.

Sheene is one of the most popular motorcycle racers of all time, and his championship success in 1976 was the first of two titles in the 500cc class.

Sheene was under huge pressure to deliver going into the 1976 season, with his sky high media profile only intensifying the expectation. Luckily, it was one of those years when everything went his way.

Sheene won the first three rounds in Italy, France and Austria, before sitting out the Isle of Man. He won again in Holland, finished runner-up in Belgium, and clinched the title in style after taking victory in Sweden.

Eight years of hard work, international travel, injury and pain had finally paid off. Our Barry was the champion.

This Minichamps replica, which is in stock now and ready to ship, is nothing short of a miniature work of art.

The model is diecast in metal with plastic parts, and features real rubber tyres, working front and rear suspension, and a fully removable belly pan to reveal an extremely high level of engine detail.

The model comes housed in Minichamps' special 'Classic Bike Collection' packaging which comprises a flip-top box complete with a bike history in the inside of the lid. For collectors of historic racers, or even those looking for a wonderful Barry Sheene tribute, this is one not to be missed.

CLICK HERE to buy yours now...

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M1M - Unregistered

August 01, 2012 10:00 AM

For anyone interested in the story of how Suzuki got their hands on Zimmerman's championship winning disc valve asymmetric timing 2 stroke technology, (acquired and further developed under Kaaden at MZ), surprisingly, the notoriously motorcycle indifferent BBC recently aired a radio documentary on what they entitled "The Degner Defection". It's still available on BBC iplayer, but typically, their useless search engine won't show it, so you have to use Google or Yahoo to find the iplayer page.

M1M - Unregistered

August 01, 2012 11:12 PM

It's not surprising that "Stealing Speed" explains the story better than a half hour BBC radio documentary, but "The Degner Defection" has the benefit of being free. As suggested, if you want to know more afterwards, you can always buy the book or search online. Also, the more hits the documentary gets, the more chance there is of the BBC producing more programmes for the currently poorly served audience of motorcycle enthusiasts. Whenever someone makes a comment about Ducati copying what they call "Yamaha's twin spar aluminium chassis", you realise that many people's memory/knowledge of racing history doesn't even go back to the '80s, never mind the '50s, so they have no idea where such "Japanese" technology really came from.

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