The ex-Honda Britain, Carl Fogarty, Isle of Man Formula 1 and Senior TT-winning
1989 Honda 750cc RC30 Racing Motorcycle
Frame no. 2100081
'Carl Fogarty is more than just the most successful Superbike racer in the history of the Championship. Before the word Superbike was even in the vocabulary of most fans he had won TT F1 world titles and Isle of Man TTs, set a Mountain Circuit lap record that lasted for seven years, and won the World Endurance Championship.' - Julian Ryder, World Superbike Winners.
Britain's most successful motorcycle racer since the late, great Barry Sheene, Blackburn's Carl Fogarty is a legend in his own lifetime. Born on July 1st 1966, Carl made his road-race debut towards the end of the 1983 season at his local track, Aintree. Being born into a racing family undoubtedly helped Carl in his novice days, with father George, a capable short circuit and TT rider in his own right, on hand to guide and encourage the youngster. Despite his later success on superbikes, Carl at first seemed destined for a career in the 250 class before a twice broken leg left him unable to fit comfortably on the diminutive quarter-litre racers. The enforced switch to superbikes would prove a blessing in disguise. The rest, as they say, is history.
Riding privately entered Honda RC30s, Carl had won the 1988 and 1989 TT Formula 1 World Championships, scoring his debut Isle of Man TT win in the '89 Production 750 event. For the 1990 season he signed for the Silkolene-sponsored Honda Britain team to contest the TT Formula 1 Cup (the series' World Championship status having ended) and selected World Superbike Championship rounds. On the Island, the strongest opposition looked set to be provided by his Honda Britain team-mate Steve Hislop, who had put up the first 120mph lap the preceding year on his way to three TT victories in the week.
Riding the machine offered here, Carl became only the third man ever to lap the Mountain Circuit at over 120mph, exceeding the magic number in practice. In the Formula 1 race he shot into an immediate lead while Hislop struggled with brake problems, leaving Carl to record the biggest win of his career so far. Hislop eventually finished 9th but had the consolation of a new lap record at over 122mph.
If anyone still had any doubts about Carl's ability to master the TT course they were emphatically dispelled later in the week when he ran away with the Senior race in weather conditions so bad that many riders, Steve Hislop included, dropped out before the finish. At the end of the race Carl announced that he would not be coming back to the Island, declaring it too dangerous, but by then he had nothing left to prove. (He did return though, racing in both 1991 and 1992, setting a new outright lap record in '92 that stood for seven years).
Carl's double TT-winning RC30 was later raced at some WSB rounds and was also used as the basis for Universal Hobbies' 1:12 scale model. Refurbished to concours condition in 2007, the machine has since then been kept in the owner's home cinema as a showpiece. The vendor advises us that both Honda Britain and engine builder Tony Scott have confirmed that it is genuine, while Carl Fogarty himself signed the seat cowl at a charity event in Ireland. Included in the sale are various Tony Scott Tuning Ltd engine data sheets recording work carried out together with Tony's letter of authenticity.
TT-winning motorcycles are rare; double TT-winning ones even more so. Presented in generally excellent condition, this Honda RC30 represents a possibly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire just such a motorcycle, ridden by the greatest superbike rider of all time: Carl Fogarty.