A unique motorcycle will be on display at this weekend’s 10th annual Endless Summer Show and Shine in Summerland.
Black Opel Racing, holder of a Land Speed Record at 209 miles per hour in an Opel GT, is now re-building a 1933 AJS 350 Model 33-B6 to race next year at the Bonneville Salt Flats.
The bike was purchased from a school friend of owner John Gregg in 1969 for $25 and has languished in his garage ever since.
The plan will be to run the bike in the M-VBG 350 cc class. This requires the frame to be stock and the engine modified. The AJS has been fitted with a supercharger to make it more competitive.
Racing enthusiasts Dick Knorr, Ken Brown, Frank Kinney, Lou Hudon and Wayne Chenery all have had a hand in the project. John Dorn was tricked into riding the AJS.
“The boys are hoping the bike will do a “Ton Up”, which is the British term for 100 mph.” said rider Dorn. “I will be happy with anything over 85.”
It has been a challenge to find parts for an 82 year old vehicle, but support of the project has been terrific.
More details are available at www.blackajsracing.com.