c.1959 Matchless 650cc Sprinter & sidecar
Britain's Sprinting community have enjoyed many years of intense competition, yet in the friendly atmosphere that this particular discipline [Hill Climbs, too] always manages to generate. A wise pundit once observed that Sprinting's traditional ambiance was probably due to the complete absence of any manufacturer interest! Long gone and much missed, unfortunately, is "Straight Up", a regular column in MCN penned by Jim Reynolds, which chronicled the sport's ever decreasing times, reported on all the latest venues, and kept readers abreast of any new machinery about to be wheeled on to the strip. Cyril Malem acquired the Matchless outfit some twenty years ago, while still racing solos, intending to start sprinting on 3-wheels; a project which, because of so much demand for his performance equipment, never reached fruition. It was, he says, the Matchie's specification that inspired the purchase, for beneath the streamlining it was mechanically race-ready, even including the regulatory 9-stone lead ingot attached to the float's floor. In addition to a pair of GP carburettors -- with 900 jets for methanol -- there was the prospect of one or two G45 "mods" in the engine. Cyril recalls very little of the combo's earlier history, but research confirms that when ridden by Dave Bryant at Ramsgate in 1964 its best run at 14.48 secs won the Sidecar Class, comparing well with the 11.19 secs FTD by George Brown on Nero! On loan to a friend two seasons ago, and still on Castrol 'R', the Matchless achieved a fine 2nd place at Weston Zoyland. Offered without documents.
- The Engine number is 60/G12X3811.