Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Britten Connection

CR&S's Roberto Crepaldi says there are two men who have had a profound influence on his life and work: Enzo Ferrari and John Britten. Roberto knew both men well. He worked for 20 years, with his father, as distributor for Ferrari in Italy's Lombardy region during Enzo's reign. Roberto had a personal friendship with John Britten and his workshop became the base for the Britten motorcycle's European racing efforts. Roberto is one of the few people in the world to have owned, let alone ridden, a Britten.

The Britten's glorious form watches over all work done at CR&S

Before his untimely death in 1995, John Britten had visions of building a single-cylinder superbike with power to weight specifications that would be incredible even today. In this spirit, the CR&S VUN is a fitting tribute to John Britten, his legacy and his machines.

Above, the VUN Britten Tribute

One of the first VUN's created was the Britten Tribute. This bike is painted in the color scheme of the successful Mk3 Britten race bike. It is a beautiful reflection perhaps evoking John Britten's dream of a super-single. Unfortunately, this bike has come to a sticky end at the hands of a moto journalist (who shall not be named).

It's worse than it looks I'm afraid. Almost every major component is damaged beyond repair. Witness the top of the tank and how the frame is pushed in around the steering lock.

Ending on a happier note

1 comment:

  1. Always great to see the body in office.
    And ofcourse No3 that I helped bring to Sweden.