Below : This great shot shows 2 of Sonny Angels Yamaha's circa 1959/60. The machine on the right is 1 of the YA 125 Asama single cylinder racers. Up until uncovering and identifying these photo's, the YA machines were previously not known to have existed outside of Japan.
The bike of the left can be identified as the Asama winning YD-A / Catalina prototype, due to not having any additional foot peg mountings and having the fairing fitted. This is the machine I am restoring.
Bottom: A great 1960 or 1961 period shot of Sonny's pit area at an event, showing that Sonny had 2 of the 5 YD machines at this time, as well as his "new" YDS1R (in the back of the truck) and even more surprisingly one of the YA Asama 125cc's.
1) #96 YD with a silver tank, with engine out, in the rear of the shot.
2) #7 with orange number plate and orange tank is the YA 125cc. Note: This bike has YDS1 forks fitted.
3) #7 in the foreground, now with YDS1R tank fitted. Due to the fitment of this fairing it is possible to identify this machine as YD-A frame number YD21, the machine I am currently restoring (see following pages of restoration).