Talk by Dave Newman of Newman Cams

Ray Lightfoot & Dave newman 005On Wednesday 14th October 2015, the Surrey section had 24 attendees, from the Surrey section, Velocette owners club, and the VMCC, as we were really lucky to have secured the attendance as Guest speaker of Dave Newman from “Newman Cams”.   Dave was a Formula 750 racing driver,  Formula 750 racing champion and built and raced his own cars. He worked for Pipers in Hayes in Bromley before leaving to set up on his own. He designed his own cams using some French curves, a ruler, and a Churchill grinding machine.

Dave set up his new business in a bungalow where the car park is now at Newman Cams. He also owns a Riley Falcon car.  Dave has said a lot of his talk would be Norton orientated, and he also explained about the cams they made for the now defunct Norton Nemesis project.

Dave first made camshafts for Paul Dunstall via Reg Curley. The Norton cams from the factory were originally made of mild steel and then case hardened.  The cams were then made from EN36 steel so that they did not crack but they still did. EN40 steel solved the problem of cams that cracked. Newman’s now use child iron that use the best wearing for camshaft, as Andover Norton uses child iron and some are also made in EN40 steel.

Dave Newman worked on the Al Mellings’ Norton V8 Nemesis project. The Nemesis would not run as it had to be spun via the rear wheel because it had race cams and roller rockers in it for street use. Newman Cams did a lot of development work for the various owners of the Norton company name. Dave also explained allot about the different types of material used for the types of camshafts that they produce. Dave also answered many questions this very interesting and rather intense topic of their composition and of their various designs. Dave also explained about the various metals used in the camshafts that they produce and also said that they do not make any more cams in EN36 steel any more. Dave also explained about the Tuftriding and Nitriding methods of hardening camshafts, and also how questing ramps work on camshafts.

Dave  also very kindly brought along a standard Norton Commando camshaft that he auctioned off for our club funds. The camshaft was bought by our very own Henry Dulat, and the funds were passed on to our treasurer, Geoff Cole. It was very interesting talk that Dave gave to us all, and can I extend our sincere thanks to Dave  from the Surrey branch for him for making the time and the effort to come along and give us such an in-depth insight to the manufacture and design of this small but very important part of any four stroke engine. Newman cams make camshafts from copies from samples sent from all over the world, and the company that Dave has set up is now a very well known and famous name in the camshaft industry. They also have their own web site, www.newman-cams.com and Face Book page. Dave Newman Cams is ably assisted by Dave’s son Ken, and the Works Manager Brian Edwards(See Pic. above)

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