Eco meets Quasar in TG 'reunion'
Both these historic machines featured in the Top Gear FF feature in 1988, but not together. The Quasar was filmed here at its home, the National Motorcycle Museum with William Woollard sitting in it, while the Ecomobile was the one I was filmed driving in and around its birthplace in Winterthur, Switzerland. In October 1992 Arnold Wagner kindly lent me 'the old blue machine' to drive to the UK for the Day of Champions at Donington Park and during my three week adventure I took over 100 passengers including Kenny Roberts Snr, Simon Le Bon, two members of the House of Lords and John Leslie live into the Blue Peter TV studio. Along the way I stopped at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull and persuaded the people there to let me roll the Quasar outside for this historic snap. A couple of hours after this photo was taken I picked up Peter Williams from the Cosworth HQ in Northampton and he directed me to Keith Duckworth's house, whom I then took for a ride in the Eco. Sadly, in 2009, neither machine survives and Keith is no longer with us either. After getting to know Keith, I persuaded him to buy one of the original five pre-production Voyagers, No. 003, which he subsequently sold to Ian Kew, who still has it - see elsewhere under 'Royce Creasey's creations' for an update.
This NMM Quasar was destroyed in the fire which also badly damaged the Triumph Bonneville streamliner, but whereas the 'Texas Cigar' was rebuilt as good as new, nothing seems to remain of this Quasar, although it's hard to believe that the frame, at the very least, could not have been salvaged.
PNB. Pic: Paul Blezard archive.