At 15, Robert Carter apprenticed in a commercial London art studio, learning the basics of lettering, airbrush and design. In 1971, he started working freelance for agencies representing Ford and Chrysler. A trip to the U.S. became permanent, and he’s now well known for his original, Art Deco-inspired paintings of vintage cars and motorcycles, with posters and canvas prints such as his BMW Rennsport now available. 24in x 36in poster print; $220. 36in x 54in canvas print; $895. More info at Robert Carter Artwork. MC
Coolant recovery tank
Motorcycle tool specialist Motion Pro now has available a universal coolant recovery tank. Although we suspect it was made primarily with late-model liquid-cooled dirt bikes in mind, it could be used on any number of liquid-cooled motorcycle engines. Made from high-density polyethylene with a chemical-resistant rubber cap, the 275cc bottle has built-in mounting holes and comes with mounting ties, hose, clamps, and installation instructions. $24.99. MC
New Zealand-based Dold Industries, maker of the Ventura Bike-Pack System we installed on a Norton 850, is now offering a top box that attaches to their L-Bracket System used on the Norton and hundreds of other vintage bikes. The Top Box features 32 liters capacity and is easily fitted using Ventura’s Top Box Rack, plus it comes with a universal fitting kit for use on other racks. Stand-alone Top Box; $89. Kit including L-Bracket, rack and Top Box; $339. MC
If your vintage Vetter Windjammer windscreen is cracked or broken, check out Minnesota-based Slipstreamer, which has been supplying Vetter replacement windscreens since 1975. Manufactured to original specifications from aircraft quality Lucite acrylic, Slipstreamer windscreens for Vetter Windjammers are 0.177in thick and are available in stock height or 2 inches taller, plus vented or non-vented, and clear or smoke tint. Quicksilver screens are 0.118in thick and available in clear only. OEM screws and clips included. Quicksilver clear; $74.95. Windjammer; $104.95-$150.95. MC
CB750 float gauge
Joker Machine has introduced a float gauge tool for 1969-1976 Honda CB750 Keihin carbs. Patterned off the original stamped sheet metal tool Honda supplied to dealers, the Joker gauge is made from CNC machined billet aluminum, 5.3mm thick for extra durability. The gauge is set to original Honda specification of 26mm, eliminating any chance of an “out of adjustment” slip when setting float height. Will not work on later 1977-1978 CV-type carbs. $29.95. MC
Hugh Anderson is that rare person on two wheels, a versatile, thoughtful racer who turned his back on a promising career in New Zealand speedway racing to concentrate on road racing — in between working in the pits as a coal miner. Anderson’s newly released autobiography, Being There
, recounts the four-time World champion’s fascinating exploits over a career spanning 55 years. Anderson won all five races in his first-ever Miniature TT, run at the age of 17 aboard a Francis-Barnett 2-stroke. Fifty-five years later, at the age of 72, he took the checkered flag on a Manx Norton in New Zealand’s prestigious Pukekohe International Historic race meeting. In between, he won four World Championship road race titles for Suzuki, and after that became one of Europe’s top motocrossers.
Anderson headed for Europe in 1960 to join the legendary Continental Circus, and progressed up the privateer ladder to compete in Grand Prix racing — in his first start in a GP he masqueraded as Rhodesian rider Shaun Robinson! Anderson established links with Suzuki’s factory team in 1961 just as they arrived in Europe, forging a close relationship that brought him and the company four World titles in the 50cc and 125cc classes from 1963 to 1965. He also began racing in top-level motocross, with full approval from Suzuki. Anderson was the first rider to finish a World Championship Motocross GP on a Suzuki, before walking away from road racing and a well-paid contract as a factory rider in favor racing in the dirt, first as a Métisse-mounted privateer, then on a CZ.
After buying a Matchless G50 in the early 1980s, Anderson began a second road racing career as a top Historic racer, winning more than 25 races in 1985-1990, including the prestigious Historic TT held at Assen alongside the Dutch GP, as well as the British Classic Race of the Year, and the Australian 500cc Historic championship
Being There is an extremely readable, self-penned story. Packed full of interesting observations and fascinating minutiae, it captures the spirit of an age. His total recall of detail makes you feel you’re sitting there looking over his shoulder while he’s riding, grappling with the 125GP Suzuki and its short 500rpm powerband or how he finished second in the Dutch TT on the 50cc Suzuki with three spokes missing from its rear wheel after a vicious slide. It’s all there in great detail. It’s a finely written memoir that gives an in-depth picture of what it was like riding for a Japanese factory in the early 1960s, especially for a company that was new to racing outside Japan. Fascinating. 372 pages, $35 (approx.) plus postage. To order a copy go to the Kiwi Classic website or contact the author directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Honda CX500 carb guide
When Larry Cargill started restoring Honda CX500s, he discovered that there was no good resource for rebuilding and troubleshooting their finicky Keihin CV carburetors. That prompted Larry to document the care and restoration of CX Keihins, resulting in the publication of Larry’s Guide to Rebuilding the Keihin CX/GL Carburetors. Fifty pages long and filled with hundreds of detailed photos, it’s an essential guide and a CX must-have. $30. MC