Freddie Mayes. Villiers Metisse. 1967.

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19. Mayes Races the Villiers Metisse

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Freddie Mayes will contest this year’s 250cc World Motocross Championship with the full backing of Norton Villiers. He has signed a twelve-month contract to be the first Norton Villiers works rider, and he will initially race a Villiers Metisse special.

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Rickman Brothers / Villiers Metisse / January 1967

New York public relations officer Ron Price broke the news of the Norton Villiers tie-up, with the Rickman Brothers, last week. “The Rickman Brothers have been very cooperative and pulled out all the stops to build two new machines, fitted with the new Starmaker scrambles unit,” he said.

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Villiers Metisse / Eccentric Swinging Arm

The machines were completed at the weekend and will be tested at Hawkstone Park this week, prior to a competition debut at Saturday’s BBC TV scramble at Cuerden Park, near Preston, Lancs.

The Metisse frame is a temporary measure as Norton Villiers work on developing their own machine. Don and Derek Rickman have used a duplex frame, similar to that of the Bultaco Metisse, with Avon glassfibre tank, body work and rear mudguard assembly.

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Villiers Metisse / Frame Adjustment for gear lever

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