Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Greenwood's 'sidecar' at its prime

Thanks to an observant reader I was sent over these great pictures of Owen Greenwood's infamous 'sidecar' creation. They are all pictures I never saw before and I quite like them. It also struck to me that the 'four-wheeled motorbike', as the thing was named soon after it entered the sidecar championship in 1965, appears to be road registered at one point. I can't find anything on '139 GYN' though. What's more: I don't think that is Owen Greenwood at the wheel, but who is it then? And how about the lady passengers? 

Anything goes: 1960s paddock scene includes a clever piece of British engineering
Picture via Michael Craig

Mind that aluminum body… Greenwood Special weighed just over 300kgs
Picture via Michael Craig

Mini sidecar became the terror of the tracks in the mid-1960s, pulverizing the championship
Picture via Michael Craig

Oops! Things didn't go well all the time though. Double rear wheels can be seen here
Picture via Michael Craig



6 comments:

  1. About 20 years ago I borrowed some slides of the Owen Greenwood special taken trackside at Snetterton. Didn't think to get them copied at the time. I'll see if the photographer is still on the planet... Don't hold your breath.

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    1. Sounds good Phil. I won't hold my breath but will come back to you within a year!

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  2. I've made a lot of researches and talked to a few people involved in the Greenwood Special but I had never seen those pictures before too. It's the first time a see the car with a registration plate on it. It seems that the front panel is missing on the picture (similar to this picture: http://img11.hostingpics.net/pics/3134965551155236e96d9cf1f3o.jpg Maybe it could be the Curley Trike. A similar car made a couple of years later...
    More information: http://www.mosquito-triad.com/The_origin.html

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  3. I pretty much convinced it's not the Curley trike, but who knows it's yet another Greenwood copy?

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  4. Pretty sure the Curley Trike only had three wheels. Took the Trifid for a spin the other night. Hooligan - couldn't help myself. No news on the slides yet....

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