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· Russell Sheldon
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Wonderful! Thanks, Philippe! Xlot will love the guide / slot concept!

It's an interesting application and not unlike the Aurora T-Jet bikes, I guess they were close to 1/24th scale, judging by the size of the bike relative to the (HO style) motor?

Love the controllers too!

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· Russell Sheldon
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For those that don't know, Philippe actually knows a litle bit about motorcycles -- other than the fact that Valentino Rossi rides a Honda and not a Yamaha!


In the 1960's Philippe was a successful motorcycle racer, competing in the French Championship and several rounds of the Grand Prix circuit, the "Continental Circus" as it was called. During this time, he rode for Kreidler Team France, then for Team Derbi-France.



Philippe also won a number of races on motorcycles that he maintained and sometimes constructed himself. It is believed that he was first to use a disk brake on the rear wheel of a motorcycle for road or racing use.

In 1977, following the publication of an article by Philippe in the Yamaha International magazine, titled "Grand Prix Bike of the Future", he was hired by Giancarlo Morbidelli to design and build a revolutionary 250cc GP bike. The bike had completely new architecture, weight distribution and aerodynamics, and after some testing and modifications, Graziano Rossi, father of current world champion Valentino Rossi, finished second in the 1978 World championship.

Philippe also designed an aerodynamic spoiler on the back of a helmet to improve the problem of 'helmet lift' on rider's heads, almost 15 years before they appeared on production helmets.



Philippe became a works rider for the Morbidelli factory team, winning 21 races in 1977 and 1978, ending his motorcycle racing career on a high note.

The question though, Philippe, were the Cox bikes designed to lean into the corners or not!


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Russell
 

· Russell Sheldon
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Oops! That should read "rode a Honda"....



6000 Honda Repsol, Valentino Rossi

Hornby are indeed producing his 2004 ride as well:

6005 Yamaha Gauloises 2004, Valentino Rossi

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· Russell Sheldon
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Thanks, Philippe! Fascinating!

The sketches show yet another of Philippe's many talents. Guess who designed and painted the livery of Bobby Unser's 1975 Indianapolis 500 winning AAR Jorgensen Eagle?



Coincidentally, Dan Gurney is also designing motorcycles these days! This is Gurney's Alligator motorcycle, of which he planned to build 36 limited edition 'Grand Prix' Alligators. The number 36 is significant as it was the number that donned the Formula 1 Eagle which won the 1967 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa, a first for an American built car and driver/constructor and an achievement that has not yet been repeated.



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Russell
 
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