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Name: JEEP aka J. E. Elton-Payne
Birth date: July 19th 1943 
Birth Place: Thornton Heath Surrey
Date of Death : Not Yet! 
Place of Death : Not Yet! 
Nationality: English 
Gender: Male
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When I was about 12 my Mum and Dad were members of the voluntary St Johns Ambulance service and they used to go to all of the Scrambles meetings that were in Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire area, as they were part of the meetings ambulance support team.
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Mum and Dad would often take us three children to the scrambles meetings at Pirbright, Beenham Common and other tracks whenever they could. Dad had a mid 40's Douglas when I was younger but gave it up for a motorised bike, which then suited him better for local travel and he never got much time to himself to do solo tours due to us three children.
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In 1955 my Dad's Cyclemaster packed up and he decided to go back to a motorcycle. He  gave me the motorised wheel, which had seized to take to bits and learn a bit about engines. I did strip it and with some guidance from my brother got it working again. It went back into the Raleigh frame and I used to ride it in the garden and when possible around the streets.
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I was hooked. To me it was the only form of transport that I would want when I grew up a bit more. The Motorcycle had everything I wanted with freedom, open air and looking at the boys on the road, speed. I was 14 when Bob, my brother, brought a box of bits, a frame and wheels home and gave it to me saying if you can rebuild this, it’s yours. All my money from my paper rounds, green grocery delivery job and from anywhere else went on restoring this bike to a road worthy machine. I finished the rebuild and owned my first motorbike, a Velocette 350cc MAC. 
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Pictures lost in a fire and so an image of someone elses, same year
Just after finishing the Velocette, Bob took me on his bike to a Silverstone meeting to watch the September 1957 International Hutchinson 100. Being nearly 5 years older than me, Bob had a group of friends who all had motorbikes. They would often shoot off to meetings at Brands Hatch, Silverstone, Blandford to name a few.
I had never been to a live road race before, only seen photos and after that day I was hooked on Motorcycle Road Racing. Bob thought I was mad as he used to ride in Scrambles on a 500cc Velocette MSS and considered that  as THE motorcycle sport.
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A 250cc Mondial. This was Mike Hailwood's race winner for the the lightweight 250cc race at the 1957 Hutchinson 100 on the Silverstone circuit
Anyway he arranged for us to enter a clubman’s race at Silverstone later in the year where you could take your own bike and race it. Although I was legally too young and not supposed to be on the road, I was 6’ 2”, (still growing) and so looked older and fortunately nobody questioned me on road or track. We rode our bikes to the Silverstone circuit, stripped them and raced.
I was well down the field and had a couple of narrow ones that made the muscles spasm. Still I completed the race and could not stop running to the trackside to see the other races that day. The adrenaline was up and I could not settle down. After racing we had to put all the road gear back on the bikes for the journey home. From then on I would race whenever I could. I passed my motorcycle test on my 16 birthday and the roads were open to me.
To keep racing an ‘aka’ persona was necessary. When I first started racing I was 15 years old and I needed my parents’ permission to enter a meeting and Mum didn't want to give it. A best friend, one of Bob’s group, Derek Holloway raced and to start with used to let me use his licence details and race under his name when he was not racing. Later he went to America and the ‘aka’ carried on. That's how I started in 1957 and I sold my Velocette in 1958 and with some other monies from doing motorbike work for friends, bought my first Manx.
I had a number of road going motorcycles, after the Velocette, during that early period and they were always old bikes or wrecks that needed rebuilding. There was a breakers yard on the other side of Reading that used be great for parts and always at a good price. The three I remember most are the Model 70 Panther 350cc Slopper that I bought for restoration just after selling the Velocette, a Triumph 3T and a 500cc Vincent Comet. Although there were other bikes in between the last road bike I had, at the end of the 60s, was a Triumph Bonneville “Pure Luxury”.
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The next section of this page is based on the Question and Answer column that I used to run in the "Small Torque" magazine for the Racing 50 Enthusiast Club. This club was formed by Steve Bedford, Chris Alty, Debs Bedford and Jeep Elton-Payne. It was the start of an active 50cc racing club and came to life in 1996/97. The CRMC afforded us a class for the 50s in the up to 200cc and we ran our own championship.
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(1) When and why did you first become interested in racing 50cc motorcycles?
I had seen 50cc bikes on the road and a friend had a Victoria Avanti that we used to tinker with (this was a two-stroke and a new type of engine to me) but I had not considered them a race bike. It was 1962 at the beginning of the season. Derek and I had gone down to Brands Hatch for a practice day and I was out on the 350cc Manx. She was going well and I was getting in a good number of laps and feeling comfortable with the way she was responding. I had, during my last race day of 1961, over revved the bike and dropped a valve. She had to have her engine re-built by Ray Petty, of Cove in Hampshire, who had previously adapted the engine to a twin plug head and this was her first outing on the track.
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I came out of Clearways and down the mainstraight and saw Derek, thumbs up, on the side watching progress. I lined up for Paddock and started to lean over when a bike came underneath me followed by a noise like a swarm of bees, making me sit up a bit and move off my line. On getting back to the pits, I had to find out who that rider was and what bike he was riding.
It turned out to be one of the Simmonds brothers, Mike, on the WCS ITOM. Dave and Mike were happy to chat about the bike and the 50cc class and as a youngster I liked the way they found the time to answer my questions. I was fascinated by the 50s from then on and wanted to ride one. On occasions Dave and Mike would give me advice about my ITOM, which I bought for the 1963 season, whenever I had a problem. They were a great pair of guys.
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Mike Simmonds on the WCS ITOM
Dave and Mike Simmomds with the WCS (Watercooled) Itom 50cc Racer. This bike used to be ridden by Mike when the first TOHATSU came into the stable.
(2) When and from whom did you acquire your first racing 50cc. [supply make, year, and any previous history if any?]
I think it was in the January of 1963 and it was from Tooleys of Burnt Ash Hill, Lee, London. Dick Chaley was the “sales man” and seemed full of all information on the ITOM and the 50cc racing scene.
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The bike was built for the road and had all the road gear on it and on advice from Dick we purchased the "go faster bits" race kit that was available to prepare it for the track. I raced it during the '63 season and then, because I was so tall and uncomfortable, sold it. However its memory stayed with me and it got into my blood so that I could never loose and never have lost my interest in the 50cc class.
(3) How many racing 50`s have you owned over the years [supply makes with likes and dislikes of the machines]
1963 ITOM 50cc Astor SuperSport.
This was the only 50cc motorcycle that I owned during my first period of racing which was between 1957 and 1967. Apart from trying to wrap 6'4" and 11 stone around its tiny frame and suffering chronic neck ache, I found she handled well and provided I could keep the revs up, went very well. I did find that she was prone to seize but the other racers, P Horsham and Eddie Swain for example, gave me advice on the piston and on oil additives, which reduced the occasions this happened. Dick Chalaye recommended the use of a shot of Graphite in the fuel mix and I used that to start with.
Minarelli 50cc P6 race bike.
I did not own this bike but I mention it because it shows the friendship and helpful approach of the 50cc community when I came back to the race track. It was owned and built by Arthur Mills, who used to race in the 70s and80s. He knew of my desire to race the 50 and also being aware that I did not have a bike available, but that was in the process of building one, offered her to me on a loan basis. I cannot thank him enough.
I enjoyed working on the ITOM and would try out approaches, given by the guys at the track to improve the speed and reliability. Dick Chalaye and an article he wrote in the Motorcycle Mechanics magazine in 1962 was a great help and the fact that my Dad and Brother were engineers, used to working with tools I had not come across, helped in smoothing and reshaping ports for gas flow improvements. 
1968/69 ITOM ASTOR 4M/SS
This is the bike I campaigned through the 1998 and 1999 in club races and paraded her through to 2004. She handled well but the brakes left a lot to be desired (I was told that I should not need them on a 50). The engine was good but not fully developed. I had carried out the normal mods that we used to do in the late 50s early 60s and did some extra work on the ports and head. Tyres had been a problem and I had to used oversized rubber, which was changed when I was able to get some 250x18 general-purpose tyres with "P" ratings (93mph.).
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ITOM changed to IMSA near the end of their existence and they tried to rationalise production by using the "Ring Road" approach to manufacturing. The machine uses the Franco Morini 4MP/S engine with ITOM head, barrel and crank assembly. It had 4 gears with foot-change and was housed in a Gilera type RS50 frame modified for ITOM. All other parts are as fitted to the ITOM MkVIII except the tank which is of a different, more sleek design.
The 1947 Phelon and Moore Panthemodel 70
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The Triumph 3T Parallel 350cc Twin 1946/47 
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Triumph Bonneville T120c 1964
A video re-build of a Triumph Bonneville T120c USA model by Terry Macdonald
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Mark VIII 50cc Competizione ITOM ex. Brian Woolley.
I purchased this machine from Kay after the sad passing of Brian through the final chequered flag. It was in need of restoration and not all of the engine components were there. However it would not have been too difficult a restoration job and I had hoped to have the bike out in 2002. Brian had a green and silver colour scheme and I decided to retain that. If anyone has pictures of this bike I would be grateful for copies, which I will gladly pay for.
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1968 Spondarelli 50cc
This bike is based on one of the frames that Brian Woolley and Des Bone had made by Spondon Engineering, for their Woolley-Bone ITOM project. 

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I needed to buy the bike on HP so Dad came along with me. It was a new Mk.6 Astor Super Sport (Red livery) with 3 speed hand change and telescopic forks.
I believe that 6 frames were made and I know of one in Ireland with a minarelli engine, a Garelli based one and one with a Kreidler engine and of course the Woolley-Bone in America. Anyone know where the others are? The frame was plated for a Minarelli 50cc motor and at some stage changed for a Kawasaki 80cc. I have converted it back to a 50cc Min. This bike may be ready for the end of the season and I will tell you how it goes and handles after riding it (if I can get my long frame wrapped around it.
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ITOM ASTOR 
4M/SS Re-Build
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Fire is an Awesome Element!
This sounds like the story of a Night Before Christmas. It was Christmas Eve, 2004 and I am with Linda, my wife, at friends for supper and all is right with the world, when I receive a phone call: “Jeep. Get over to your unit as quickly as you can. The carpenters shop is on fire and the fireball is heading in the direction of your workshop”. Your heart goes into overdrive and the first thing you can think of is My God my Bikes!
We quickly made our farewells and left. Fortunately we had not been able to drink in the short period that we were there and so we pulled through the site gates in a very good time. When we arrived at the unit it was already on fire at the back end and moving through. I rushed from the car to the door, as you would, only to be brought down by a fireman who said “there’s no way you are going anywhere near that” "But", I replied "my bikes are in there". There was a shake of his head and he commented that at 1000 degrees F there was no way the bikes could survive. He was right.
I lost 4 ITOM racers including my Pride and Joy the 4M/SS, another ITOM road bike, the 50cc Sponderelli, a Yamaha L1 road bike, and a Yamaha L1 5 speed 100cc Racer, a Cotton 172cc Cavalier Trials Bike along with an Aprilia AF1 50cc, and a Puch 3 wheeled moped. Also included in the loss were items belonging to other people that I would never be able to replace. It was a very very bad day.
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During the previous few years before the fire I had been recovering from a serious illness and with the fire wiping out everything my approach to life was very low and I thought I would give up motorcycles, my 50cc interest and racing. Over the following few years I still kept in touch with my bike friends and went to meeting but the depression was there and I could not find a way of removing it. However towards the end of 2006 Linda, my wife, had other ideas.  Unbeknown to me she had been in touch with Steve Bedford to see if she could get another 50 race bike for me and use it as a present and kick start me out of this malady I was in and get me back on the track. I had an old Fantic Caballero, 6 speed, lying in the shed at home ad she asked me if that would not be a start of me getting back on the track.  I was not in a frame of mind to contemplate this and said "no I want to restore it at some time" discussion ended. However Linda was not to be outdone and she and Steve looked around and found a bike that Steve Neugent had for sale.  Enter "Minnie". It became a surprise birthday present in 2006 and the bug was back. I improved in health the more I worked on the bike and its first outing was a parade at the Brooklands Museum. 
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My next outing on Minnie was at Aberdare Park in Wales.  This is definitely "Averscare" Park as the barriers are straw bales and the protection around the trees was also straw bales. Who is the protection for? It is a great track and puts ones metal to the test.  Minnie did well, better than its rider who took a little time to settle in.  Anyway, I was hooked and decided to join the CRMC and parade her at the meetings until I felt more my old self.
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You can see the problem that Minnie had carring a guy of my size and weight.  I was then 6' 3" and 14 stone.  I found difficulty in wrapping myself around her but it was worth it.
There are two other 50cc bikes in my stable now, but more about those later or on another page.  The first is a MALANCA, late 60s early 70s and an Aprilia RS50 1998. The MALANCA will be built in the style of the 1960s Classic racer conforming to the class rules and the Aprilia to the Freetech 50 class rules.  These are on going projects. 
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(4). What unique preparation, if any did you perform on your machines?
My approach to preparation was based on my Dad being an engineer and having a process for many things. In the early days he would say to keep records and make lists. Build a path that allows you to step through and stepback if you need to.
Even now I have an approach to the bike before a race and I go through a check. I also clean and polish, not just to make her look good but by doing the hands on I notice things that I might have missed or could cause a problem later.
(5). Details of tuning approaches you might have used and how successful.
Outside of the Cyclemaster, I was always a 4-stroke man until the ITOM came along and so two-stroke tuning had to come from any book or magazine I could find and from listening to those who had already done it. I try to keep records of the experiments I try and the results I get.  There were good articles in the Motorcycle press that covered tuning the 50 and these were a good start point for a begginer. This is an article by David Frost written in 1960.
A memory that stays in my mind is not to do with the 50cc but of a early race I saw at Silverstone. I was standing at a corner in 1958 waiting for Mike Hailwood to come round on his Ecurie Sportive Norton. At first I could only see Derek Minter and then as the angle changed there were 4 riders in close line astern that looked like a single string of Minter, Hartle, Macintyre, Hailwood; I asked my brother"How do they trust the one in front not to brake?"
(6) What memories do you have of the early racing 50's scene.
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Of People. Now these are memories that stay with you for a lifetime.  I was fortunate to know Beryl Swain during her racing days. She was 7 years older than me and a very outspoken lady but, both She and Eddie would, at times look after me in my start with the 50. Although I only raced the ITOM for a year, I stayed friends and we would meet up at different meetings, mainly Brands Hatch. Eddie would give me advice on keeping the bike up to scratch. 
Outside of riding my new 50cc racing ITOM at practice days, this was the first race that stays in my mind as I got older. It was at Brands Hatch and the numbers on the grid appeared vast. The butterflies were flapping around in my stomach, worse that when I rode the bigger bikes. We started with dead engines, a run and drop the clutch and keep on running until you had gained momentum and then jump into the saddle and you were away.  The noise of over 45 screaming 50cc engines was remarkable. 
Collection area at Brand Hatch waiting for the 50cc race.Video Player
I had the good fortune to be on track with a number of Lady riders, Margo Pearson, Pat Wise and Ceri Dundas-Slater when I was on the large capacity and the 50s. One memory that always stays with me is that, although Beryl Swain was a good rider and better than some of the chaps, she was always started from near the back rows of the grid.
(7) Have you been involved with any other class of racing motorcycles or competitive motorcycling. 
As I have said above from 1958 to 1968 I rode a brace of Manx Nortons. The 500cc was quite standard but the 350cc was a twin-plug head, Ray Petty Norton and boy could she go. I made middle field most of the time with the occasional better position of 10 to 7 . I was able to compete in the Isle of Man in the Manx.
I did a season in Grass track on a 250 Velocette that my brother built for himself to race. It had a Wal Philips fuel injector on it and it flew. A friend, Alan Perrett helped us to get the engine running properly as he used to tune Velocettes for racing. I enjoyed the grass but the black stuff called me back.
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Bob and I took the engine from the tracker and put it into a road race frame and I did a season riding in the 250cc class as well.
During the period of bringing up a family, I bought the odd scrambles bike and kept my hand in on local tracks and to be with my stepson. I sold my last MX bike, a Suzuki Z 250, in 1997 and bought the ITOM M4/SS.
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(8) Who if any one has been the biggest influence in your racing career, or the racing 50 scene in general? 
In the old days the likes of Brian Woolley, Keith Manning, Eddie Swain, Jim Sheehan and without doubt the Simmonds brothers to name but a few. Today the people that have influenced 50cc racing and to my mind are the mainstay of the sport are the likes of Ron Ponti, the late Dave Brearley, Steve Bedford, Chris Alty and Adrian Pallet, the list could go on. If these people keep pushing our sport the way they are, then 50cc races might yet again have a place at all race meetings.
(9) What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given and by whom? 
First from my Dad who was an engineer, who said, "if it's not mechanically right don't ride it". "Strip it and re-build it. Then you will know it is as safe as you can make it". "Bodges can cause the end of what you love". Secondly, from my brother Bob, "Learn to feel the bike and listen to it, she will talk to you and you will ride better for it".
(10) What piece of advice or tuning tip if any would you like to pass on to fellow members. 
With tuning most of it has been done before so read the books, watch others and listen to those who know, experiment and keep notes you will soon find that you are the one that people will ask the questions of. To the quick boys when I am on track: Don't go too fast or you will lap me too many times and reduce my track time!!!
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The 50s at 3 Sisters 1999. I am riding No.99
This very short clip from my Dad's cine film shows Paddock hill, Hugh Anderson and Beryl Swain. I am in the middle somewhere but my brother, taking the film,  could not pick me out.
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