The feasibility of us setting up a gearbox manufacturing and sales operation was indeed diminishing. Notwithstanding the wide interest shown in my G50 gearbox and the success of early testing, there was still considerable testing & development to do before we could hope to manufacture and sell in any volume.
In addition, an Austrian gearbox manufacturer Michael Schafleitner had successfully launched a 6 speed box for Manx Nortons, G50’s and 7R’s and these were becoming well established with the privateers. My gear boxes would therefore, have been in direct competition with the Schafleitner gear boxes.
Whilst accepting Vic’s explanation, I could not at the time help but think, his recent reunion with his girlfriend and reminder of other home comforts, were just too attractive in comparison to the low days, at times encountered by most ‘privateers’ and their mechanics on the Circus.
The last week spent living in a dank van, parked in a part flooded Dundrod paddock, was probably the last straw for Vic?