AJS Stormer 410. Caldwell Park. Vic Eastwood. 1972.

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44. The Cadwell Park,  Castrol Trophy

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A secret invader from AJS terrorised Cadwell Park this weekend when Vic Eastwood bolted from the gloom of Saturday’s television scramble and scored a super silent double.

The all British “500” with which he outpaced his rivals is believed to be the final prototype of a forthcoming production scrambler.

“This is the first time I have raced it but it will be the machine of the year in 1973”,

Eastwood declared after winning both the Castrol and World of Sport finals on his stealthy newcomer.

As hush-hush as the feline purr of his amazing new AJS Stormer, he said, “I can’t tell you much more than you can see for yourself, the one thing I will share, is that I only used second and third gear”.

 

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Bryan Wade 20 (400 Husqvarna) / Castrol Trophy / 1972

Eagle eyed viewers who watch Eastwood win last months ITV World of Sport race on his AJS 410, after he jumped out of the starting gate, will notice that this machine has a left foot gear change.

Other innovations include a rubber-mounted power unit, very similar to the Norton Commando and a huge silencer with flexible bellows on the same side as the gearshift and kickstart. Weight is believed to be around 220 pounds.

Vic Allan (400 Bultaco) was the only man to beat Eastwood during the day, and that was in one of the qualifying heats. After a practice spill during which he broke part of his clutch lever, the Scot caught and passed his rival as they grappled with the murk.

Up against Bryan Wade (400 Husqvarna) in his other heat, Allan was forced to surrender his command when his back brake rod jumped out of its socket. He finished third behind Eastwood and Bob Wright (500 CCM). There were only five qualifiers from each heat.

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Vic Eastwood AJS Stormer 500cc  / Castrol Trophy / 1972

Miraculously, the dense fog thinned as TV cameramen prepared to shoot the Castrol Trophy final. But the conditions were far from ideal as Eastwood shot into the lead, emitting little more noise than a vacuum cleaner.

While Paul Harrison (400 Husqvarna) went down at the first bend, Eastwood hummed away from Bryan Goss (400 Maico) and his crackling Maico, Wright held third place from Allan and Banks (400 CZ).

Next time round, Allan and Banks displaced Wright and left him to the tender mercies of Wades television comeback. There was a dramatic moment as Allan slewed to overtake Goss, a flint flew up and gave Goss a black eye. Shaken by the missile, Goss retired as Wade grasped third spot from Banks.

“You can’t wear goggles with so much mud flying about”, said Goss as he prepared for the next skirmish.

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 Paul Harrison (400 Husqvarna) and Bob Wright (500 CCM) / Castrol Trophy 1972

    

CASTROL TROPHY FINAL.

  1. V Eastwood (500 AJS)
  2. V Allan (400 Bultaco)
  3. B Wade (400 Husqvarna)
  4. J Banks (380 CZ)
  5. R Wright (500 CCM
  6. D Nicoll (380 Greeves)

In the bad weather Eastwoods next demonstration, in the World of Sport Trophy, was no less impressive, leaping past Goss as Terry Challinor (400 Husqvarna) fell victim of a full power slide by Wright, Eastwood hurtled past, into the lead. Allans bid to stick on his tail was foiled by Wade, who dived through on the inside and caused him to run wide.

Quickly overpowered by the whispering trio, Eastwood, Wade and Allan, who were all sporting efficient silencers, Goss settled for fourth spot while Banks repelled ferocious attacks from a determined CCM duo.

Although Norman Barrow (500 CCM) dropped back, Wright harresssed Banks all the way, but Malcolm Davis (400 Bultaco) failed to feature and he could only enviously watch as the AJS vanish into the mist, after a flint punctured his back tyre. 

   

WORLD OF SPORT TROPHY FINAL

  1. V Eastwood (500 AJS)
  2. B Wade (400 Husqvarna)
  3. V Allan (400 Bultaco)
  4. B Goss (400 Maico)
  5. J Banks (400 CZ)
  6. B Wright (500 CCM)

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 Vic Eastwood AJS Stormer 500cc / Castrol Trophy / 1972

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