imported 1958 in to Switzerland by René del Torchio in a box
assembled by Mark in the garage
|Trial Yverdon 1959||Trial Yverdon 1959|
He competed at many Swiss Trials in the Categorie National plus at Enduro Races ("Gelände-Schweizermeisterschaft"), where he became 2nd 1959 in the National Class over 250cc with the same machine...
|Geländefahrt Säuliamt 1959, Zürich|
He sold the getting heavy Ariel 500 in 1961, after it fell on his foot, injured, bought a light weight Tiger Cub 200cc
But, he never forgot his Ariel....
Mark meets again his beloved Ariel HT 5 after 50 years on 31 July 2010.
The Ariel was 40 years in a humid cellar, found and restored by Guido, a master in restoration, most parts cleaned and used again, hours of work.
Even the special alu piston was used again
31 July 2010
|what an engine !|
|At 86 Mark gets young again||dreaming about past competition days|
|in original trim, no chance in today's Pre65 events....||original exhaust points to the sky|
|saddle with springs looks comfortable|
|odd lever holder for todays use||aluminium cylinder|
|a monument of history||Ariel !|
wow, this was the lightest 500cc Trials competition bike in
1958, at about 130 kg...against 350 AJS at 145 kg
I don' want to ride in todays Pre65 Trials with it against the Millerised 100 kg "Pre65"...
better keep it original as a piece for the museum
Many thanks to Guido for showing us his Ariel !