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About Alan Duffus Motorcyles
Alan Duffus Racing History
Alan Duffus started racing in 1966. Being an apprentice earning only £3 per week it meant loads of Part-time jobs and building his own bikes from cheap second-hand parts. However, with perseverance and help from a few good friends the dream was realised, but owing to the fact that Scotland at that time had no full time racetrack, and only four races a year to compete in, progress was difficult but lap times were good.
By 1969/70 came the first wins and travel to places south of the border where more wins and lap records were recorded. Then with sponsorship the first bikes that were not Home Made.
Throughout the 70's Alan took numerous race wins, lap records and pole positions, fastest laps etc. plus 5 Scottish championships as well as other prestigious titles throughout Britain racing at places like Cadwell Park, Oulton Park, Brands Hatch, Mallory Park as well as the Isle of man T.T. and G.P.
"The competition was tough then as it was the golden era in British Road Racing. Imagine standing on the start line waiting for the flag to go down knowing that the opposition included Mike Hailwood, Mike Grant, Barry Sheen, John Cooper, Bill Simpson, Jock Findlay etc. etc! It was never going to be easy but it was good fun and great racing."
After a crash on the Isle of Man, the decision was made (whilst lying in hospital) to open Alan Duffus Motorcycles. On a snowy day in 1977 that dream also became a reality.
Alan won championships in almost every category from 200cc single cylinder 2 stroke through to 4 cylinder 1000cc Superbikes, and feels honoured that Knockhill's First Corner was, for 30 years, named Duffus Dip after him.
Alan isn't the only racing talent involved with 'Alan Duffus Motorcycles' however. Triple superbike champion Niall MacKenzie was for many years a Director of the company.
Niall is the man who throughout his long career has amassed a tremendous record of achievements. He's been team mate to the likes of Mike Doohan, raced all kinds of bikes in many different countries and finished 4th on the world 500 Grand Prix Series.
Niall has now finally retired, but can still be found working in motorcycle broadcasting and press.