Paul Blezard's potted FF history
I've been riding scooters and motorcycles for over 30 years and writing about FFs for more than 20. I was 'turned on' to FFs by reading Royce Creasey's HighTech articles in Bike magazine in 1979-80 and by meeting Malcolm Newell with the Cibie Z13 Phasar at the first NEC motorcycle show in 1981. I have ridden a very high percentage of the FFs to be seen on this site, (something like 40 in all), and had articles published about most of them.
This photo was taken by Kel Edge on the Avebury roundabout of the A4 during a photoshoot I did for Bike Magazine in September 1984, shortly before setting off in this machine for the incident-packed trip to the Bol d'Or 24 hour race at Paul Ricard in the South of France. The Bike magazine feature was written by then-editor Brecon Quaddy and appeared in the November 1984 edition, which also had Yours Truly riding the Z13 Quasar in a small photo on the front cover.
This club was started in 1995 by a group of enthusiasts for Feet First motorcycles and scooters. The simplest way to describe a Feet First or "FF" machine is as a "Two Wheeled Car" in the most positive sense of the phrase. In other words an FF is a Powered Two Wheeler that is safe, warm dry and comfortable, but which can still nip in and out of town traffic and scratch with the best of them on the open road. It will also use less fuel and go faster than a conventional motorcycle with the same engine thanks to improved aerodynamics.
FFs have been around since the Wilkinson of 1909, the Neracar of the 1920s and the pioneering Avro Monocar of 1926. Gustav Baumm's record breaking NSU Flying Hammocks of the 1950s were the first "ultimate" FFs, proving that a recumbent riding position was the most efficient aerodynamically (200mph with 40bhp). All record breakers since, from the original 1956 Triumph Bonneville to the present, have been FF.