Iconic Honda Six to make appearance at TT Mountain Course this August
The 250cc Honda-6 will be completing a demonstration lap around the legendary TT Mountain Course on August 28, which is the second race day of this year’s Classic TT meeting.
The bike is said to be Honda’s ground-breaking machine and is the only surviving RC165. Owned by Team Obsolete’s Rob Ianucci, Jim Redman first rode it, then followed by Stuart Graham and Mike Hailwood won the 1966 Czechoslovakian Grand Prix with it.
The Six will be making its first appearance at the VMCC’s Festival of Jurby on Sunday 27th August for some shakedown laps. Dave Roper, winner of the 1984 Senior Classic TT, will ride the Honda at Jurby on the 27th.
“Recently we disassembled and scrutinized the entire motorcycle again. We are carefully rebuilding the motor with new pistons and a new crankshaft assembly. We commissioned two from an Italian Formula One technology company, supplying them with the complete original crankshaft assembly which they reverse engineered. Their engineers said that they got an education from the process,” said Iannucci.
“Team Obsolete has been racing classic bikes since 1978 and have now competed in 1500 races with 50 riders. Our victory in the 1984 Historic TT, and the 1989 Manx GP Milne Shield, sealed our love for the Mountain Circuit, which represents the ultimate challenge. We have made 26 starts in all, with two wins and two fastest laps.”
“The Classic TT has now emerged as the crown jewel of classic motorcycle sport worldwide. We are honoured to have received an invitation every year since its inception to share our historic bikes with our friends. All of us come because we must. Regardless of where we hail from, we are all drawn to something very special. We all know that we belong here. We see it in each other’s faces and we feel it in our bones.”