November 10, 2006 A world record price of almost GBP32,000 (US$61,000) has been paid for a Manx Norton at last Saturday’s (November 4) H&H auction in the United Kingdom. It was the second consecutive world record for a Manx for H&H, with the previous auction having raised the ceiling for 350cc Manx Nortons to a tad under GBP24,750. The world record 500 Manx in question was a nicely presented 1961 example that had been restored some 15 years ago and sported an engine built by Manx maestro Ray Petty.
The first Suzuki TR50 to come up for sale for many years inevitably caused considerable interest at the same auction. The 1967 example offered won the British 50cc Championship in its early days and subsequently secured both the 2004 and 2005 pre-1969 Series. It sold for more than expected at GBP19,250.
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Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.
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