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Bruce Anstey will ride Britten V1000 in Classic TT parade

'It's going to be a real pleasure to ride a New Zealand-built bike on the Isle of Man' - Bruce Anstey
Isle of Man TT star Bruce Anstey will ride the iconic Britten V1000 in a parade lap at the Classic TT races.

The machine was designed and built by New Zealander John Britten in his workshop at home, supported by an enthusiastic group of friends.

Only ten of the machines were manufactured, with three remaining in New Zealand.

One is retained by the Britten family, another example is housed in the country's national museum while the third is the only model used for the purpose of motorcycle parades. The remaining seven are held overseas.

The Britten V1000 featured radical design quirks for its time including extensive use of carbon fibre for the chassis, girder forks, swing-arm and even the wheels, while other aspects include air ducts for cooling directed through the petrol tank to the radiator under the seat and a home-built programmable engine management computer enabling on-the-move tweaks.

Nick Jefferies famously rode the machine in the 1994 Senior TT when he completed a stunning lap at 118mph from a standing start.

Nine-times TT winner Anstey will ride the Britten in the Classic TT Lap of Honour on August 26 as part of the inaugural Classic TT races, which have been incorporated into the Manx Grand Prix.

“It's going to be a real pleasure to ride a New Zealand-built bike on the Isle of Man,” said Anstey.

“The Britten is one of the country's greatest achievements. I'm really looking forward to taking it round the Mountain Course and I'm sure that fans will really enjoy the spectacle and sound of the machine.”

Kevin Grant, who owns the bike, said Anstey was the only rider he considered for the honour once he made up his mind to enter the legendary Britten in the classic parade.

“Once I'd decided to bring the bike over for the parade there was only one rider that I wanted to ride the bike,” he said.

“It's entirely fitting that a bike so closely linked to New Zealand and the Isle of Man TT should have the country's most successful TT rider Bruce Anstey parading on the Mountain Course.”

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mortie - Unregistered

May 12, 2013 9:39 AM

fantastic to know the bike will be seen and HEARD again on the island a real treat, I remember one racing round the streets of Wanganui some years ago. Bruce you lucky man fly the flag high, and again thank you John Britten.

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