Bob Anderson was certainly one of the most "unknown" real Yamaha factory riders. Even Yamaha Japan does not remember him anymore.....!
My friend Jan Postmus, who, with his family, have witnessed Yamaha's participation in Assen since its huble beginnings in the very early 1960's, sent me these pictures from Bob Anderson, so it is high time that he appears postumous in the Yamaha floodlight.
Here is Bob before the start of the 250 cc class in Assen in 1966:
You can see through the screen on the left the upswept exhaust pipe, indicating that he rode the RD05 machine. The Japanese mechanic says it all.
From the Official Assen T.T, results you can see that Yamaha entered both Phil Read, Bob Anderson, Akiyasu Motohashi, Bill Ivy and Mike Duff as factory riders.
Bob Anderson had, with his 5th place, an excellent result.
|starters 29 - finishers 14||250 cc|
|DNF||Cees van Dongen||NED||Yamaha|
But we do not know why he was entered as a Factory Rider or by whoms influence he got a works bike. That is an interesting puzzle to find out!
Partly this question is already solved! It appears that Yamaha was looking for an extra very experienced rider who could give a lot of technical "feedback" about the new 4-cylinder machines. Phil Read knew Bob Anderson very well as he was already a regular competitor in Ireland and England (but also on the Continent). Furthermore, as he was also a Formula 1 car driver he had loads of experience. On this beautiful picture from Assen we have Phil Read, Bob Anderson and Bill Ivy. (you can click for a large picture!)
On the Classicyams website stories are never complete and thanks to all men with superior knowledge, many additions/alterations take place. Roger Gowenlock from the U.K. contributed to this story with the MCN MotorCycle News about Bob's help to the Yamaha engineers.
You have to read these 2 clippings first down then right upper!!
On the following photo's Bob Anderson is discussing possible cycle improvements with a Yamaha engineer and seen riding the RD05 in Assen in 1966. These 3 pictures can be clicked for a large format.
As said Bob Anderson was also a well-known Formula 1 driver and in 1966 he drove a Brabham. In that year 1966 he also scored points as a Formula 1 driver. That makes him the only motorcycle racer ever who scored points for both Motorcycle as well as Formula 1 car in the same year!
On Internet little is written about his motorcycle career, but here is a summary:
Nationality: Great Britain
Date of birth: May 19, 1931 - Hendon, London
Date of death: August 14, 1967 - Northampton