Mike Burrows, attempting to look noble
"Likewise the Speedy [otherwise known as the Windcheetah]; it was not especially wanted or looked for. It just sort of happened. I set out to produce a record breaking H.P.V. intended to go very fast…..but only in a straight line, and this requirement had given us a very different machine. A single driven and steered front wheel, quite neatly done. It had twin rear wheels with a 15" track angled in at the top by 15 degrees. All the wheels were 700c. By 1981 things were changing, our annual H.P.V. event included a one hour road race around the famous Goodwood motor racing circuit, which doesn't look at all like a straight line, it turned out that 3 degrees of lock was adequate. What was not adequate was the training the riders received. Most teams had simply found a good cyclist and sent him on his way, fine for the 200 metres but not for one hour. Team `Windcheetah` decided to get one up on the competition by building a street legal training recumbent for our `engine`, Andy Pegg. Enter the Speedy, aka the Windcheetah. Originally all welded aluminium construction and with a conventional 27" rear wheel [non-cantilever]. It was built quick and dirty to do a simple job, no reinventing the wheel or striving for perfection. Which is a wonderful lesson for all of us who design for a living, it's amazing what can pop out when you are not being squeezed! Anyway the Speedy was born, to the best of my recollection it was never used for training, it was too much fun……"
Herewith some images of the 1982 Championships in Brighton:
Above: Andy Pegg on the Windcheetah
SL discussing Matters Arising with Simon Sanderson
Below: Is that a young Paul Burrows? One or other of the machines pictured could well be mine...
The fairing for the original
Windcheetah. Somewhere I've got a picture of
Mike on the machine which goes inside this, but I can't find it right now...
Photos: Roland Schüssler, from "Human Power - The Forgotten Energy", by Arnfried Schmitz, with Tony Hadland
The training machine referred to above,
a.k.a. Windcheetah 001, was last heard of living in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands,
sharing a domicile with one Ian Borwell, though that was a long
time ago. Has anyone seen or heard of it recently?
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