Here’s the story (with thanks to Geoff Seddon and Terry Prince)…
Terry Prince was Fritz Egli’s workshop manager and was with Egli from when he started up in 1965 until Terry left in 1973, later moving to Australia and becoming well known for his Vincent frames.
In 1984 he was approached by a long since defunct bike tuning company (of reputedly dubious reputation) to construct five frames to house Laverda 1000 triple motors. The main aim was to contest the Bathurst Arai 500 endurance races.
Terry duly constructed the frame jigs from scratch (neither he or Egli had made frames for the Laverda triple before) and built the first chassis. It was fabricated from 20/20 cold drawn 1 inch tubular steel with a 4 inch diameter top tube, all bronze welded in typical Egli fashion.
A highly tuned Jota motor was fitted but that turned out badly at Bathurst in 1985 with crankshaft problems causing oil leaks. The scrutineers were also reluctant to approve the fuel tank location but eventually relented.
Terry with the bike prior to its appearance at Bathurst (photographer unknown) – Running the underslung tank
It then disappeared from view (quickly followed by the tuning business), with Terry not being paid for his efforts! Needless to say the other four frames did not happen.
Fast forward to 1991 when the bike appeared for sale, still in racing trim but without the underslung tank. A stock 3CL motor was now fitted. The majority of the good gear – the forks, Lockheed racing calipers, Magura controls etc were all still there.
A headlight and tail light were sourced and connected to a pair of batteries housed in the seat hump. Other work carried out included moving the seat forward 100 mm, manufacturing new caliper mounts, fitting a new Foran muffler and many more items to enable registration. At the time I photographed it it was running with provisional rego.
It would be interesting to know if the bike still exists today, 30 years later – the memories certainly do!