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JAWA 500 SPEEDWAY - (1971)

A limited production thoroughbred, the machine that has made the word “Speedway” and the name JAWA synonymous. That's the opening message from Jawa's sales brochure in 1971.

Speedway racing in America has always been mostly a West Coast activity. In the late 60's and early 70's, riders like Rick Woods, Mike and Steve Bast, and Wild Bill Cody were tearing up local tracks on the alcohol burning, bicycle like, speedway machines. Costa Mesa Fairgrounds was the place to be on Friday nights and the top riders had almost “rock star status.”

Almost 5 years ago, I contacted Bill Cody (ex-racer and Jawa importer) to find and restore an early model Jawa Speedway for me. The machine he found was raced by a former White Bros. employee and friend, Jimmy Odell. Bill painstakenly searched to find the correct, original parts for a museum quality restoration to “out of the crate” original condition.

Please enjoy this unique machine!

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