Nine time TT Race winner Bruce Anstey is set to parade one of the most iconic racing motorcycles of all time at the 2013 Classic TT Races – the Britten V1000. The bike was the brainchild of New Zealander John Britten, who designed and constructed them in his home workshop supported by an enthusiastic team of friends.
The historic bike is one of only ten bikes that were manufactured in New Zealand with only three remaining in the country. The Britten family holds one; a second is housed in the country’s national museum while the bike that will be appearing on the Isle of Man is the only one that is run in parades. The remaining seven are held overseas.
The radically designed features on the bike include extensive use of carbon fibre for the chassis, girder forks, swing-arm and even the wheels while other aspects include air ducts for cooling directed through the petrol tank to the radiator under the seat and a home built programmable engine management computer with adjustment on the move.
The bike has historic resonance on the Isle of Man as Nick Jefferies rode it in the 1994 Senior TT, recording a standing start lap of 118mph. Bruce will parade the machine as part of the Classic TT Lap of Honour on Monday 26th August as part of the inaugural Classic TT Races.
Machine owner Kevin Grant commented:
“Once I’d decided to bring the bike over for the parade there was only one rider that I wanted to ride the bike. It’s entirely fitting that a bike so closely linked to New Zealand and the Isle of Man TT should have the country’s most successful TT rider Bruce Anstey parading on the Mountain Course.”
Bruce Anstey commented:
“It’s going to be a real pleasure to ride a New Zealand built bike on the Isle of Man. The Britten is one of the country’s greatest achievements. I’m really looking forward to taking it round the Mountain Course and I’m sure that fans will really enjoy the spectacle and sound of the machine.”