Team Obsolete’s Dave Roper took first in the 1984 Isle of Man Senior Historic TT on this 1959 Matchless G50, the only American ever to win on the Isle.
Classic racing notables attended the first public display of the world’s premier collection of Matchless G50s and AJS 7Rs. Twenty-five bikes, including machines from Dick Mann, Don Vesco, John Surtees, Team Hansen, the AJS Factory Team, Arter Matchless and more.
Noted journalist Kevin Cameron spoke eloquently about how these special racing bikes had persistently moved through their second lifetime under the care of new generations of enthusiasts.
Dave Roper and Rob Iannucci described their many G50 racing experiences over three decades at hundreds of races worldwide, including the Isle of Man.
The world’s first and foremost classic road racing team
Team Obsolete founder Rob Iannucci (left) and tech guru Kevin Cameron.
The sole surviving Honda RC165 – and the very first one built – is part of the Team Obsolete collection.
Kevin Cameron engages with attendees at the Team Obsolete holiday bash.
Racing greats Bill Ivy and Tom Kirby’s AJS and Matchless singles, now in the Team Obsolete collection.