Dick Mann racebike restored by the two-time Grand National Champion,c.1965 BSA Gold Star Flat Tracker Engine no. 123

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Dick Mann racebike restored by the two-time Grand National Champion
c.1965 BSA Gold Star Flat Tracker

Engine no. 123

US$ 90,000 - 100,000
£ 72,000 - 80,000
Dick Mann racebike restored by the two-time Grand National Champion
c.1965 BSA Gold Star Flat Tracker

Engine no. 123

Dick Mann has been called the most versatile motorcycle racer of the modern era, winner of two AMA Grand National Championships, first rider to accomplish the "Grand Slam," winning roadrace, TT, short-track, half-mile and mile nationals. He's a two-time Daytona 200 winner, one on a Honda 750 four, the other on a BSA 750 triple. In all, Mann took 24 AMA national wins. In a professional career that ran from 1952-73, Mann finished in the season's top 10 points tally every year except one. Books have been written about him, he was featured in everyone's favorite motorcycle move, On Any Sunday, and he has been inducted into the AMA Hall of Fame and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.

A hard-scrabble rider who most often raced on his own dime, Mann was never romantic about his racebikes, considering them tools of the trade, something to get the job done. If he had a favorite tool, though, it might just be this very special BSA Gold Star dirt-tracker, a bike he kept for 20 years after its competition days were over, then restored himself, before eventually selling it to Fred Mork in 1992.

The frame is a standard-issue BSA factory rigid flat-track model, with side-mounted oil tank. The engine, however, is a best-of-everything effort with some extraordinary components, chief among those roller cams and lifters made for Mann by machinist Don Rossi. It also has a special rocker cover with removable inspection caps. The 500cc single breathes through an Amal GP carburetor with remote matchbox float bowl. A Lucas 2MTT roadrace magneto provides spark. The gearbox itself has some history, as through Mann's connections at BSA he acquired one of the rare magnesium center cases used on the works Daytona Beach racers that swept the first five places in the 1954 200-miler. In terms of running gear, there's a BSA spool hub up front, while out back Mann modified a Harley WR hub and dished sprocket to fit. The fuel tank is also unique, made from flexible fiberglass by George Curtis, still pliable today 50 years after it was first put on the Goldie.

A letter from Dick Mann attesting to the Gold Star's ownership and authenticity will go with the sale. In Fred Mork's care the bike has been a prized display piece, remaining in Mann's own words from his letter, "race-ready and repainted by myself as if to start a new season of racing."

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Dick Mann racebike restored by the two-time Grand National Champion,c.1965 BSA Gold Star Flat Tracker Engine no. 123
Dick Mann racebike restored by the two-time Grand National Champion,c.1965 BSA Gold Star Flat Tracker Engine no. 123
Dick Mann racebike restored by the two-time Grand National Champion,c.1965 BSA Gold Star Flat Tracker Engine no. 123
Dick Mann racebike restored by the two-time Grand National Champion,c.1965 BSA Gold Star Flat Tracker Engine no. 123
Dick Mann racebike restored by the two-time Grand National Champion,c.1965 BSA Gold Star Flat Tracker Engine no. 123
Dick Mann racebike restored by the two-time Grand National Champion,c.1965 BSA Gold Star Flat Tracker Engine no. 123
Dick Mann racebike restored by the two-time Grand National Champion,c.1965 BSA Gold Star Flat Tracker Engine no. 123
Dick Mann racebike restored by the two-time Grand National Champion,c.1965 BSA Gold Star Flat Tracker Engine no. 123
Dick Mann racebike restored by the two-time Grand National Champion,c.1965 BSA Gold Star Flat Tracker Engine no. 123
Dick Mann racebike restored by the two-time Grand National Champion,c.1965 BSA Gold Star Flat Tracker Engine no. 123
Dick Mann racebike restored by the two-time Grand National Champion,c.1965 BSA Gold Star Flat Tracker Engine no. 123
Dick Mann racebike restored by the two-time Grand National Champion,c.1965 BSA Gold Star Flat Tracker Engine no. 123
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