Category: Dunstall legends

Mike Hailwood  in 1979 racing the Dunstall Suzuki GS 1000 in a one off ride at Mallory Park,, finished 10th due to brake problems, 3 Suzuki GS1000  race bikes were delivered from the USA in  Superbike race spec but here in the UK F1 rules allowed  race frames, Other riders included,, Bob Smith, Dudley Cramond, Steve Manship and Barry Sheene.  Steve Parish and Tom Herron should have been the fultime racers but Steve was drafted in the GP squad and Tom was killed at the North West 200 before the season got under way.

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See the Dunstall in its glory days on video of the Race Of The Year at Mallory Park 1970

The Ken Jones photographic archive of Paul Dunstall Norton and other customised road machines, Offered for sale without reserve,
Sold on behalf of The Joan Seeley Pain Relief Memorial Trust, Registered Charity No 278697.

including 14 large format 12″ x 15″ images of Dunstall motorcycles comprising Norton 750 Domiracer, Norton 810, Honda 500, BSA and Kawasaki, together with a quantity of in excess of 450 mainly 6″ x 8″ monochrome publicity and other photographs of various Paul Dunstall range of customised roadsters including Norton, Triumph, Honda, Suzuki, BMW, and Yamaha, and some images of race machines, together with photographs of the Well Hall, Eltham premises including shop-front and workshop images, and assorted photographs of mechanical parts, frames, fairings, exhaust systems, tanks, and other detail shots, together with assorted glass-plate and other negatives, covering the period from late 1960s to early 1980s this collection is offered without copyright, and includes various items of marketing literature, two Norton tuning manuals, sales brochures, two ‘Paul Dunstall Power Equipment’ posters publicising the range, and other related ephemera.

The Dunstall Suzuki F1 race team came into effect for the 1979 British race season, The bikes came direct from the USA as raced by Wes Cooley, under US race regs they had to use stock frames, however on their arrival in the UK it came to light that this would not be good enough to fight the mighty Honda’s raced by Rocket Ron Haslam.

The day to day running of the team was handled by Tony Robinson or Robinson racing and although many modifaciations were made they were not really successfull.

Tom Herron should have been rider but his untimely death meant this was not possible, so Steve manship and Dudley Crummond were drafted in.

They were also raced by Barry Sheene for one race (finished 2nd to Ron) and Mike Hailwood again for one race..they seemed to be dogged by brake problems thoughout the season.

At the end of the ’79 season they were advertised for sale via Motorcycle News by Suzuki but failed to sell and it is believed Robinson Racing took over.

One bike is now in the Lakeside Motor Museum which also houses the last water speed record boat of Donald Campbell the Bluebird K7 Hydroplane in which he was tragically killed… The Dunstall is the one ridden by Barry Sheene, although i have yet to see any eveidenc eod this since it was for sale many years ago by Strightline Racing. Funny how no one says theirs was raced by Mike Hailwood.

Another Dunstall was racing in the forgotten era series a few years back,, also claimed to be the Sheene one…its current location is unknown..

If you wish to see the Dunstall which was fully restored by George Beale go to ;

In 1969 Paul Dunstall built the Drainpipe . The name came from it’s unique design .

Ray Pickerell rode it . There are very few if any other copies of this bike . Our man Pit commissioned Ray Breingan to build an exact replica of the frame tank and seat . This is what evolved after one years work .


Dunstall (drainpipe) Racer

One of only 6 genuine Dunstall spine framed race bikes is now display at the national motorcycle museum in Birmingham, although i have yet to determine which bike this is the fact that one has now been put on display next to some of the all time greats shows Dunstall’s status in motorcycle history.

All six frames were hand made by Dunstall’s chief engineer Ken Ford to the designs of Eddie Robinson who had close links with Seeley. The bikes were VERY successfull while being ridden by Ray Pickrell and Ken Redfern.

Dunstall spine racer

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