The ex-John Newbold, Texaco Heron Team Suzuki,1975 Suzuki TR750 XR11 Racing Motorcycle Frame no. GT750 62863
Lot 260
The ex-John Newbold, Texaco Heron Team Suzuki,1975 Suzuki TR750 XR11 Racing Motorcycle
Frame no. GT750 62863
£ 55,000 - 75,000
US$ 71,000 - 96,000

Amended
Lot Details
The ex-John Newbold, Texaco Heron Team Suzuki,1975 Suzuki TR750 XR11 Racing Motorcycle Frame no. GT750 62863 The ex-John Newbold, Texaco Heron Team Suzuki,1975 Suzuki TR750 XR11 Racing Motorcycle Frame no. GT750 62863
The ex-John Newbold, Texaco Heron Team Suzuki
1975 Suzuki TR750 XR11 Racing Motorcycle
Frame no. GT750 62863
Infamous as the motorcycle that pitched Barry Sheene on to the Daytona banking at over 170mph, the Suzuki TR750 well deserved its 'Flexy Flier' nickname. First raced at Daytona in 1972, the TR750 had been developed from the GT750 roadster to compete in the Superbike and Formula 750 championships; these stipulated road-based engines but left more or less everything else open to modification. In the Suzuki's case, the engine was slimmed down, porting and compression ratio altered, clutch cooling improved and larger carburettors fitted. Power rose from the stock 67 to 115bhp and top speed, depending on circuit and gearing, could be as high as 180mph. Although the frame bore no resemblance to the roadster's and had been specifically designed for racing, motorcycles with rear-wheel horsepower ratings in three figures were a new phenomenon and it is not surprising that some designers failed to get their sums right.

Superbike racing had come to the UK in the form of the Motor Cycle News Championship in 1971. BSA/Triumph-mounted Percy Tait and John Cooper had taken the titles for the first two years but in 1973 the British four-strokes were eclipsed by Barry Sheene's Suzuki TR750. For the 1975 season, Suzuki GB, which was running the factory effort in Grands Prix, recruited the up-and-coming Nottinghamshire rider John Newbold, who had been enjoying considerable success at national level racing TZ Yamahas. John joined Barry Sheene and Stan Woods in the works team and had at his disposal a TR750 XR11 for Formula 750 races (the machine offered here) and an RG500 XR05 for Grands Prix.

The TR750 represented a considerable step up in horsepower (and weight) compared with what John had been used to and it took him a little while to feel comfortable with the big Suzuki. The European Formula 750 season started at Imola where John finished 15th overall despite running without a front brake for much of the time. It was a sign of things to come, the Suzuki riders' efforts throughout 1975 being handicapped by a succession of minor mechanical failures, cracked exhausts being one of the more common. Fully recovered from his horrifying Daytona crash in March, Sheene led the F750 Championship by four points from Yamaha-mounted Jack Findlay with one round to go, only to be hospitalised with broken leg sustained falling off a paddock bike at Cadwell Park. Despite Suzuki's and John's best efforts, the team was unable to prevent Findlay scoring the points he needed at Hockenheim to take the title. Sheene ended up 2nd in the Championship with Newbold 5th, John's best result of the season being a 3rd overall finish at Assen. On the domestic scene, John finished 4th in the MCN Superbike Championship and 8th in the Shell Oils Championship that year, the highlight being a win at the Post-TT meeting at Mallory Park.

John continued to ride the Suzuki (now Texaco sponsored) in the Formula 750 Championship in 1976, using the bike at Daytona, San Carlos (Venezuela), Imola and Hockenheim. His best finish was 3rd overall at San Carlos, which did him no good as the FIM later scrubbed the chaotic Venezuelan round from the championship. John finished the season in 3rd place in the Formula 750 Championship and despite recording a maiden Grand Prix win in the final round at Brno, lost his works ride with Suzuki. He was killed at the North West 200 in 1982.

With its career as a front-line works bike at an end (Suzuki had no 750cc model homologated for 1977), the TR750 was purchased from Suzuki GB's base at Beddington Lane, Croydon by racer/sponsor Alf Mountford, who collected the machine from the works Grand Prix team mechanic, Martyn Ogborne. Its new owner rode the Suzuki in approximately six meetings, including the tragic 1979 North West 200 that claimed the lives of Tom Herron, Brian Hamilton and Frank Kennedy. During this time, the engine, which is not the bike's original unit, was maintained exclusively by well know race engineer and past British motorcycle land speed record holder, Alex Macfadzean.

When the current vendor bought the Suzuki from Alf Mountford in 2007, the machine, which had spent the best part of 30 years in storage, was painted in works Texaco Heron Suzuki colours and had been modified to accept wider Dymag wheels. The original Morris alloy wheels and all the other original parts that had been removed came with the machine, which was then entrusted to John Hackett (Ducati Coventry) for a total no-expense-spared rebuild. Since completion, this historic ex-works Suzuki has been paraded at Spa Francorchamps (in 2011), the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Cholmondeley Pageant of Power and the VMCC's Festival of 1000 Bikes (in 2012).

Saleroom notices

  • We are unable to check the Engine Number due to fairings.
Activities
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

Like the vast majority of auctioneers Bonhams charge what is known as a Buyer's Premium. Buyer's Premium on all Automobilia lots will adhere to Bonhams group policy,

25% up to £50,000 of hammer price,
20% from £50,001 to £1,000,000 of hammer price,
and 12% on the balance thereafter. This applies to each lot purchased and is subject to VAT. Some lots may be subject to VAT on the hammer price. These lots will be clearly marked with a dagger (†) printed beside the lot number in the catalogue.

For Motor Cars and Motorcycles a 15% Buyer's Premium is payable on the first £50,000 of the final Hammer Price of each Lot, and 12% on any amount by which the Hammer Price exceeds £50,000, VAT at the standard rate is payable on the Premium by all Buyers, unless otherwise stated.

Collection Notices

Spares & Memorabilia
All Purchased lots must be cleared from the sale venue by 7pm on the day of the sale. All un-collected purchased lots shall then be removed to Bonhams storage facility at:
Unit 1 Sovereign Park,
Coronation Road,
Park Royal
London, NW10 7QP

Lots will be available for collection from 12pm Wednesday 22 October, by appointment only. To arrange collection please contact the Automobilia Department:
+44 (0) 8700 273 621 (tel)
+44 (0) 8700 273 625 (fax)
motorcyclememorabilia@bonhams.com to make an appointment.

All lots will be charged £10+VAT uplift and storage at £1+VAT per day per lot.
All lots marked with a ◊ will be charged £25+VAT uplift and storage at £5+VAT per day per lot.
All lots marked with a ◊◊ will be charged £50+VAT uplift and storage at £10+VAT per day per lot.
All lots marked with a ◊◊◊ will require specific shipping and storage arrangements, as they are either extremely large or heavy objects, please ask for details.

Shippers or Agents wishing to collect on behalf of the purchaser must provide written instruction from the client before Bonhams will release the lot(s). All purchases are at the buyers risk from the fall of the hammer.

Motorcycles
Vehicles must be collected from the sale venue by 7pm on the day of the sale. Buyers should satisfy themselves that they have collected all relevant log books, documents and keys relating to their Lot(s) at time of collection. Otherwise Lots shall be removed to local store in Stoke-on-Trent at the Buyer's expense (see below). Lots are at the
Buyer's risk from the fall of the hammer. It is strongly advisable that overseas purchasers and absentee bidders make arrangements regarding collection with Bonhams in advance of Sale.

Removal and Storage of Vehicles
All Lots not removed in accordance with the above will be transported by Polygon Transport to local store in Stoke-on-Trent. Please contact Polygon Transport to make arrangements for the collection/delivery of your lot:
Polygon Transport
+44 (0) 2380 871 555
+44 (0) 2380 862 111 fax
polygon@polygon-transport.com
www.polygon-transport.com

Purchases can only be once full settlement (inclusive of all charges) of all invoices issued to the buyer is received in cleared funds. Lots will be available for collection from local store in Stoke-on-Trent from 12pm Tuesday 21 October, by appointment with Polygon Transport.

Vehicle Removal charges to local store
£74 + VAT per motorcycle
£120 + VAT per motorcycle combination
Storage charges
£8.50 + VAT per day per motorcycle
£15.00 + VAT per day per motorcycle combination

Limited transport is available to the South of England, Marchwood (Southampton) by request with Polygon Transport at
£99 + VAT per motorcycle
£145 + VAT per motorcycle combination
Storage charges
£8.50 + VAT per day per motorcycle
£15.00 + VAT per day per motorcycle combination

Transport and Shipping
A representative of Polygon Transport, Bonhams' preferred carriers, will be at the Sale and can arrange national and international transportation as agent for the Buyer or the
Seller (as the case may be)

Payment Notices

For payment information please refer to the sale catalogue.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licences please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Contacts
  1. Bill To
    Specialist - Motorcycles
    Bonhams
    Work
    Banbury Road
    Oxford, United Kingdom OX5 1JH
    Work +44 20 8963 2822
    FaxFax: +44 20 8963 2802
Similar Items