Verden Mk1.5 Quasar in 1988
Mark Verden with the 'Mk1.5' Quasar he built in 1987. This machine is a sort of 'missing link' between the original Quasar and Royce Creasey's Voyager and also between Mk1 Reliant-engined Quasars and Mk2 Quasars fitted with non-Reliant engines. It uses a Reliant engine in a Quasar bodyshell but was the first machine to use a Guzzi gearbox and transmission mated to a Reliant motor, as used in the Voyager and also in Mark Crowson's 'Quicka Quasar'. It also has the Bob Tait hub centre steering used in non-Reliant engined Quasars like the Z13 and VF750 Quasar.
This photo was taken during the Top Gear TV shoot at Wroughton in April 1988.
The seat is a neat design, in which the rider seat back folds down to become the passenger seat base. This design was used by Honda on their Ruckus (and others) over a decade later. This machine was also featured in the very first edition of Top Gear magazine and was last heard of in the possession of Ed Kaczmarczyk in the Bristol area.
Mark Verden died of a heart attack, aged just 60, in the Spring of 2011. RIP.
Photo: Paul Blezard archive.