HONDA AND DAYTONA 1970
Dick Mann blasts away at the start of the 1970 Daytona
Dick Mann on his way to victory at the 1970 Daytona
Honda was looking for some race success to boost its CB750
British rider Bill Smith was approached to get a team together
the 1970 Daytona 200. Bill tested the race bikes at Oulton park
January 1970. They were "beautiful, made of titanium and super
The team consisted of Bill Smith, Tommy Robb, Ralph Bryans and
Honda gave them 4 bikes with different specifications on the
One had 96hp, two had 92 and another had 89.
The Daytona winning CR750
The Hondas were highly tuned and breaking their cam chains. At those
on the banking it was very dangerous. They also had severe
especially as they were approaching 180mph.
Ralph Bryans got into big trouble in practice when his back wheel
on the banking and hit the wall, jack knifing and tumbling
down into the infield.
The fuel tank was ruptured and the bike caught
In the race, Smith broke a cam chain before the start, Bryans broke a
after 4 laps and so did Robb soon after. Dick Mann briefly led
into riding a steady race and eventually won by 10 seconds
its desperately sought victory.
© 1997 Murray