The British firm John Player & Sons Tobacco Company took interest in Norton’s racing program after watching Peter Williams take many podium finishes for the brand in UK road-racing events, including the Isle of Man TT in 1971. In 1972, the company fully sponsored both Williams and fellow team-member Phil Read. From that relationship came the John Player Special, a special Commando with white full bodywork, dual headlamps and other special touches unique to the factory competition machine.
This fabulous bike is for sale at Mecum’s Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction (Jan. 23-27, 2018).
Report by mecum.com