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The Stable of Woolley-Bone Framed Specials.
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A quote from Des Bone: "When we closed at six pm I would drive over to Spondon Engineering, near Derby and work on the frame until about 10.30. I would be helping Bob Stevenson and Stewart Tiller by chopping lengths of tube and cutting up steel to make engine plates & brackets. 
The creation of the Woolley-Bone Itom spawned a number of special 50cc race bikes based on the frame design created by Brian and Des. Spondon Engineering made 6 units in all, with one being used for the Wooley-Bone ITOM and the others being sold to riders to make their 50cc specials.  Spondon sold the frames as they were part of the deal that Brian negotiated for them to made. 
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Woolley's Wonder  A 'WB' Framed Kreidler. (An article from 1994)
My murky past is catching up with me! Scottish reader David Allan sends this photograph of a 50cc Kreidler engined racer and wants to know anything that can tell him about its history. He believes that at some stage it was raced by Irish TT ace Robert Dunlop.
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However, my original prototype used a water cooled Itom engine with a six speed gearbox made by the Chisholm brothers especially for Bill Ivy’s 1963 TT entry. 
However, my original prototype used a water cooled Itom engine with a six speed gearbox made by the Chisholm brothers especially for Bill Ivy’s 1963 TT entry. The purpose of the exercise was ultra light weight, minimal frontal area and the utmost simplicity. In these aims, the machine was distinctly successful. As can be seen the frame consisted almost entirely of two straight lengths of 2” diameter steel tube. The apparently excessively long swinging arm was necessary for weight distribution.
Unfortunately, due to a change in my private life I lost interest and the bike was sold. It still exists by the way and I rather wish I had it now. 
Much of the detail work and engine development was done by Des Bone, a well-known Nottingham dealer, and as the WB (Woolley and Bone (sometimes called the Jambutti) ITOM) it was ridden for a couple of seasons by the very fine rider George Ashton, it was remarkably successful, far faster than the CR110 dohc Honda and on more than one occasion it outpaced Nigel Stone's ex-works Jamathi.
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Editors Comment: At the time of creating this page 28-09-2016 these fairings were still available, made from the Woolley-Bone mould, for a cost of about £120.00. Click on the photograph to enter the Ragged Edge Racing web page.
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During the research it transpires that this bike was owned by Chris Geary, who did most of the construction.  
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Spondon Engineering of Derby made some frames for the five-speed 50cc Florett Kreidler engine in the early seventies from the WB drawings.
"You would not believe just how many parts it takes to make up a frame". The frame and swinging arm was made from Reynolds 531 tube which was strong and very light. The frame weighed in at three pounds (1.36kg) & the swing arm with its eccentric rear wheel adjustment weighed four pounds (1.81kg), a very light weight frame unit totalling 3.17kg".
The "FAMOS" Garelli 50cc Racer A Woolley-Bone Based Frame Design
It was on the 14th November 2015 that I first came across this bike, on the internet, when I searched for images of the W-B Itom. As it was titled a WB-Garelli and as I had no information on this bike I contacted the person who had posted it. this was the reply I received back. 
The "FAMOS" stable has been running now for many years and has produced some competitive race bikes and speciality frames. Most of these have been for the 50cc class with Alan Leeson being a protagonist, often at the head of the field. This is one such frame that he built using the design of the Woolley-Bone ITOM, which was created in 1968 and built by Spondon Engineering.
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As Bill Spencer had been advised that the bike had been built by Brian Woolley and Des Bone from one the six frames produced by Spondon Engineering, when they made the original for the W-B ITOM, the reply from Des and the frame looking similar to one I had seen before at a chums house, I decided to do some sleuthing and see if I could get enough information for a page to go on this History Site. 
You will see from this reply that a certain amount of detective work was going to be needed. "Hi Jeep, I have never worked with Brian on a Garelli. The only Garelli I worked on was the bike that Agrati (The importers of Garelli) asked me to prepare & enter for them in the standard production class of the Enduro at Snetterton. The bike was ridden by Graham Clarke and Don Lang & won the class. I hope this will help". 
The bracing tubes around the T section of the W-B frame support both sides of the weld but on the Garelli there is only one tube located at the back of the union. Also the steering head appeared to be of a different shape and construction than the W-B. The bracing and welding were different to the original. 
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I had spent a lot of time researching the W-B ITOM I had become familiar with the frame and its construction.
I thought I would have a chat with Chris Alty as he also keeps an archive of 50cc data and see if he had any ideas or whether he also thought it could be a "Leeson" frame. During the chat, Chris commented "I think it looks like a Leeson FAMOS W-B copy with modifications, the seat and tank are definitely of Alan Leeson manufacture. I agreed with Chris as the frame looked to be the twin of one he made for Laurie Stark for his Kreidler but without the headstock change.
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Ok, so now we had something to go on and a message to Alan Leeson was called for. 2nd October 2016 18:20: "Hi Alan. Been researching Woolley-Bone bikes and came across this one which they were not involved in. It looks similar to the frame you did for Laurie. The tank and seat looks like yours, did you build it? Any info would be helpful. Cheers". Jeep.
This was Alan's reply: Yes Jeep, I built that one for Paul Dunbill and yes it was built as a FAMOS frame. It was altered by Steve Lawton at some time, (the steering head angle), hence the bend in the top frame tube. It was then sold to one of the Chuckle brothers (identical twins from Liverpool). When he passed away it was sold on to Glyn Trevor. It looks like Mr Chuckle fitted the Garelli motor with the reverse cylinder.    (Editors note: I could do with some more information on this and the owners. Please email me.)
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Well from here it looked as though another message to a previous owner of the frame was needed. I sent this to Steve Lawton at SJL Racing. Hi Steve, I am doing a page on Woolley-Bone bikes and also frames that were made to that design. I am researching one that is a "FAMOS" T frame that had a reverse barrel Garelli engine in it. I have info from Alan Leeson and Des Bone, before he crossed the line, and there is an indication that you modified this frame to change the head rake. Any information would be useful. Kind regards. Jeep.
Des and I devised a superb fairing for the WB and the moulds still exist. Maybe I should build a few replicas! 
Chris was a contender within the 50cc racing scene in the 1960s and was often in a podium position riding this bike. It then passed on to another rider called Phil Gibbs but I have no further records. I am in touch with Chris and he has provided the photos below. If any other information is out there it would be appreciated.
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Steve Lawton's reply: "yes I did modify one of Alan's T-bone frames to make it handle better. I modified the top tube at the headstock end to change the angle of the forks. To improve the suspension I needed to replace the forks with 30mm units, plus a new of set of yokes bringing the fork tubes more in line with the headstock. This gave a more straight across look and improved the handling as we wanted it. I also had a new swing arm made out of 50mm x 20mm boxing and made other changes that I cannot remember at the moment.
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Bill Spencer: W-B Garelli. Posted 08 February 2016 - 08:09 PM. This is my Garelli 50, I bought it unseen over the 'phone. A chap rang me to say he'd done a house clearance in Cheshire and there was a Garelli moped in the shed and did I want it. I said I'd have it as I love little 2-strokes. I went to pick it up and found this. Definitely not a moped. A pukka reverse cylinder racing machine.
With some other bikes, influenced by the WB design
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(Brian Woolley August   (1994)
On that score, I shall have to throw myself on the mercy at any reader who can help. But as to the models actual origin I can indeed speak with authority because I and Des Bone designed it.
The purpose of the exercise was ultra lightweight, minimal frontal area and the utmost simplicity. In these aims, the machine was distinctly successful. As can be seen the frame consisted almost entirely of two straight lengths of 2” diameter steel tube. The apparently excessively long swinging arm was necessary for weight distribution.
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Editor: All we need now is for Bill Spencer to send some information on the restoration and any further history information and we can complete this page on the FAMOS-Garelli.
Research:
JEEP's Archives
Motorcycle Magazines 
On-Line encyclopedia 
News Paper Cuttings 
Scrap Books 
Submissions from readers by email
We are always looking for contributions to the web page. Please let the web master know if you have any information or pictures for them. If we have used a picture that requires permission please contact us.
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I decided to get in touch with Des Bone over Facebook, to see if he and Brian had built this machine. You can see the message and DesBone's reply on the left. The message included the first email I had received from Mr, Bill Spencer who is the current owner.
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Another "T" Bone type frame that I will look into at a later date.
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