An interesting story. Thank you for sharing. Garrett wasn’t the first to add an innovative self starter for the jet engine. The German’s used a small two-stroke boxer motor on each Jumo 003 turbine to start the Messerschmidt 262 jet. Each motor was tucked behind the nose cone of the 003. A ring handle protrudes out of the center of the nose. It is used as a pull starter to start the small boxer motor. Once running the pilot would jump into the cockpit and engage the motor to the turbine to initiate the start up.
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Thank you, Martin, for posting such an interesting article that details several racing events outside of BMW's Werks bikes. Your art is the cherry on top. During the early 2000s' I met John Penton at Vintage Motorcycle Days Mid-Ohio. It was a treat to meet the man whom BMW had plastered his photo on several of their print ads, of which I still have one. As we chatted about his marathon coast-to-coast record run, Mr. Penton shared that since he did not have enough time to properly stop and check the R69's oil level, he just dumped in a quart during a gas stop as he was nearing LA. Mr. Penton was so kind that he took the time to pose next to my late father's 1960 R50, the bike I rode down from the Detroit Metro area. It won first place in its category. My father's R50 was a bike I learned to ride when I was 12. She is an unrestored beauty with only ~17K miles. ...Your article brings back many fond memories of simpler times. Thank you!
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