Jeff Dickson visits the team keeping vintage racing alive and running.
WORDS Iron & Air Staff PHOTOS Rob Collins (@robcollinsphoto)
This past week, Team Obsolete hosted their annual holiday gathering, where they open up their doors to celebrate another year of keeping vintage racing history alive. Our friend Jeff Dickson (@solomotorcycleworks) braved the winter weather to head to Team Obsolete's NYC headquarters to bask in the visual history.
Team Obsolete is the worlds first and foremost Classic Road Race Team and the originator of the first AMA sanctioned Classic Road Races at Daytona, Loudon, Mid-Ohio, Laguna Seca and Del Mar. Formed over 30 years ago by classic racing visionary Rob Iannucci, Team Obsolete’s aim was to race rare and exotic grand prix bikes that were usually seen only in static displays or hidden away in private collections. They wanted the public to once again experience the racing sounds and auras of these rare machines.
The Team Obsolete collection includes the below 1971-73 BSA A75R, 3 cylinder 745 c.c. race bike once piloted by Dick Mann. It was acquired by Team Obsolete directly from NVT's California race shop in 1977. Winner of the 1971 Daytona 200, and the 1971 AMA Grand National Championship. Campaigned by Team Obsolete for more than two decades. Riders were David Roper, Yvon Duhamel, John Cronshaw, and others.
Racing priceless one-off works machines is incredibly risky, but Team Obsolete believes that race bikes—no matter how rare—were created to be raced.