NAME: Makoto Nakazawa

BIKE: Honda TL50 Board Tracker

LOCATION: Tokyo/Japan

BEHIND THE BUILD: The venerable Honda CB50 engine has been around since the 1970s and we’ve seen it successfully slung into everything from mini-motocrossers to go carts. Nothing to date, however, prepared us for the draw dropping clean lines of Nakazawa’s hand built homage to board track. Out shining a bevy of machines more than 20 times its capacity to take home 2nd place, its perfectly proportioned frame cradles a one-off tank finished in luscious vintage red. Most of the components are typical garden variety origin, repurposed hubs, rims, bars and saddle, but it’s the way this builder has curated the collection to acheive a whole far far greater than the sum of its parts that had our judges scribbling feverishly in their note books.

  1. Dan Eberhardt
    Dan Eberhardt says:

    I was drawn to this bike the moment I saw it. Everything about it is intentional and well thought out. Absolutely stunning!

  2. Ted Gates
    Ted Gates says:

    This thing is so classy! And actually purposeful! A work of art built from little, that you can actually ride! Sounds like “the most with the least”

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2位  中澤真 /ナカザワ マコト  HONDA TL50 (CB50)

尊いホンダのエイプ系縦型エンジンを搭載するTL50(CB50)をベースとした車両。このエンジンは1970年代から日本で人気となり、ミニモトクロスからゴーカートまでさまざまなフィールドで使用されていた。

中澤さんは1911年モデルの Indian製ボードトラックレーサーをイメージし前後ホイールを21インチ化。さらに出来るだけホンダの純正部品を流用しながらフレームやタンクを設計。時には仲間の手を借りながらであったが、この美しいボディラインを作りだした事は想像を超えるものであった。

完璧なプロポーションを持つフレーム、ハブやリム、バーハンドルやサドル、そして美しいヴィンテージレッドに包まれたボディ。今大会のオープンクラスに多数エントリーしていたレンチ兄弟たちのなかで、中澤さんはパーツ点数以上にもっと大きなクリエイションを作り上げたのだ。そしてそれが審査員を魅了し、数え切れないほど磨かれたようなディテールによって2位を持って帰ったのだ。

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