2009 - Mitch Godden continues to race a godden laydown in world longtrack races, even scoring a win or two with the older model engine. The new Godden laydown is still under developement. Here are a few CAD images of the progress....
Godden returns to Long Track racing in 2005!!
Finally!!! Godden racing will be debuting a new long track engine in the 2005 long track championship. Former World L/T Champions Kevin Tatum and Marcel Gerhard(1992 L/T champion on a godden) will be using the prototype goddens with the hope of having a production model available in the near future.
When Don V. Godden was a little boy in Great Britain, he
loved to watch the longtrack riders. When he was old enough
to obtain a license, he quickly bought a BSA to race. His
riding ability quickly upgraded him to a JAP bike.
Don would win several national championships, and after
finishing 2nd in 1967 & '68, Don finally won the longtrack
championship in 1969. He would finish 2nd in 1970.
Don was not only an accomplished rider, he was also known
for his machanic's skills. A "Don Godden Special" (DGS) was
always "THE" bike to have. Originally designed to house JAP
engines, a new engine would soon find it's way into a
Don Godden and Harry Weslake decided to challenge the
stronghold that the JAWA engines had on speedway by
introducing a totally new four-valve engine. In 1975 Don
installed a Weslake MK1 in one of his DGS bikes and it was
an instant contender for the JAWA's.
In 1978, after studying the features of the Ken Maeley
speedway engine, Don decided to introduce an engine of his
own, and the GR500 MK1 was born. Sporting a four-valve,
single cam driven by a chain, it was a departure from the
pushrod 500cc engines of old. Now a Godden customer could
buy a Godden engine in a Godden frame. When leading-link
front suspensions were introduced in the 1990's, Godden
also offered those of his own design.
Many championships were won by Godden riders, giving
testimony to Don's strength as a builder. Godden GR500's
can still be found today racing throughout the world, but are becoming more difficult to find. The
newest Godden, a laydown magnum, is very competitive in
today's grasstrack racing. Don's son, Mitchell Godden, is
continuing his fathers winning ways by competing in
grasstrack races. Although on a laydown Godden bike for many years, mitch has recently switched to a GM as per his sponsorship agreement. We can only hope he will return to racing a godden in the near future. A Godden laydown can be custom made for you today starting at $3,000.00 just for the engine.
Don Godden also built a 1000cc v-twin sidecar engine based
on his GR500 engine. I enjoy watching two of these sidecars
race at costa mesa speedway, USA.
Godden Engineering still have all of the molds for all of the godden engines. Spare parts can still be purchased from them to restore any model ...Great news for us diehard godden riders!! Although not active in speedway right now, Don keeps busy by doing engineering work for lotus cars.
This Godden GR500 was used by Hans Nielsen in the 1990 GP Series.(Ben Ludolphy photo)
Grasstrack racer fitted with a Godden MAGNUM upright. Godden also made complete grasstrack frames and wheels/brake assemblies.
Mitch Godden on a modern grasstrack laydown Godden Magnum 2001.
Shawn Moran won the 1983 world longtrack championship on a
Marcel Gerhard was world longtrack champion on a Godden
Laydown MAGNUM in 1992.
Godden magnum laydown currently used in australia.
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