The Classic MotorCycle3 min read
A Fitting Celebration
The 2019 Stafford show celebrated the 100th running of the TT races (with cancellations owing to various circumstances meaning some years were missed) with an impressive line-up of famous TT racers, including 16-times winner Ian Hutchinson, nine-time
The Classic MotorCycle3 min read
Getting Things Straight
I can honestly say, my need to realign a pair of flywheels started with a can of paint stripper. All I needed to do was strip the black paint off a unit engine and gearbox and give it a fresh coat – a simple task on the face of it, but trying to do t
The Classic MotorCycle3 min read
Record Highs
With a successful sale rate of 92% and a total of £3,892,397 achieved, the Bonhams auction resulted in an all-time record sale. Highlights included 1962 Triumph 649cc TR6SS, which had been ridden by Bud Ekins, the US racer, trials rider and stuntma
The Classic MotorCycle9 min read
You Were Asking
Here’s another photograph for you to identify, please. Stuart Nicholson, email. A super image, Stuart, of a circa 1915-21 499cc P&M, built by Phelon and Moore Ltd of Cleckheaton, Yorkshire. At intervals, the advertising copy writers for modern mot
The Classic MotorCycle9 min read
Readers’ Letters
I was pleased to see that Steve Wilson polished his shoes before taking a ride on Alex Taylor’s LE (The Ugly Duckling, TCM, May 2019). Motor Cycling correspondent George Beresford did the same when he tested Velocette’s uprated 200cc LE model in lat
The Classic MotorCycle5 min read
Post-vintage Zenith Twins
Tony Donnithorne is the Vintage MCC marque specialist for Zenith. Recognised as a leading authority on the manufacturer, Tony even has some of the official factory records. We are grateful for a generous measure of his time in helping out with this g
The Classic MotorCycle7 min read
Scrambles Spirit
As the 350cc Matchless scrambles special fired into life, I was transported back to my childhood and my first visit to Matchems Park in March 1964, where my love of big four-stroke off-road singles started. The event was the Good Friday Hants Grand N
The Classic MotorCycle9 min read
Ugly’s Last Ride?
To call any motorcycle ugly is sure to offend someone, but the collective thinking of the Rosenthal family on the subject 1910 293cc Ladies’ Model Handy Hobart is that it isn’t the most attractive motorcycle on the block. Teenagers have been known to
The Classic MotorCycle2 min read
Editor’s Welcome
Invariably, the letters pages are just about the final thing to be done before we finally put each issue ‘to bed’ and say goodbye and good night to it. That means when I come to this column – the penultimate task with the next month page traditionall
The Classic MotorCycle9 min read
Simple Ceefer
In the last couple of years, BSA’s humble C15 has been making a bit of a surprising comeback. Some prominent BSA buffs have opted for the tidy 250cc unit single as a daily driver, and more. The bottom line is a relatively low price today, allied to s
The Classic MotorCycle2 min read
Full Charge Ahead
American Benjamin Franklin coined the term ‘battery’ in 1749 after joining a number of capacitors while carrying out electrical experiments. As we know, the term is still in use today, but correctly the rechargeable batteries, often used for our moto
The Classic MotorCycle3 min read
The Grand Prix of Europe, 1928
The Motor Cycle was glowing in its praise of the Grand Prix d’Europe held in Geneva at the end of July 1928, saying the event: “…will go down in history as the best of its series to date, since it is probably the most truly international motorcycle e
The Classic MotorCycle6 min read
Tailor Made
Nobody would deny that two-strokes tend to have uneven slow-speed running and tickover, but their fans forgive that because of the delightful way the puttering exhaust chimes into a continuous note when the throttle is opened. In the 1950s and 60s, h
The Classic MotorCycle6 min read
Diary
Retrofestival. Newark Showground, Newark, Notts, NG24 2NY. www.retrofestival.co.uk. Lion Rally. Gravelly Bridge Farm, Grazeley Green Road, Grazeley, Reading, Berkshire, RG7 1LG. www.readingmag.org.uk. Email leebrown296@hotmail.com. Daventry Motorcy
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Whatever Happened To Baby Triumphs?
If you are someone who gives your motorcycles a name, let me introduce you to ‘Hugh’ (Hughie to his friends), a 1924 Triumph Junior now belonging to West Country enthusiast Colin Groves. You might know the model by its more normal nickname of ‘Baby’
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“That’s Not A Real Harley…”
It would be reasonable enough to expect that an engineering company originally founded in 1912 to manufacture aeroplanes and then turned its hands to building motorcycles 40 years later, is going to make a two-wheeler fly, and that’s definitely my ex
The Classic MotorCycle1 min read
Monkeys Around
Following on from the strong performances of the Honda Monkey Bikes in the recent Bonhams’ auction at the Stafford show, it seems apt to reproduce this fabulous period picture, printed in the July 2, 1964 issue of The Motor Cycle. The grinning rider
The Classic MotorCycle3 min read
Aermacchi, H-D or AMF?
The story goes like this. In 1900, American Rufus L. Patterson, inventor of the first automated cigarette-manufacturing machine, set up his company American Machine and Foundry, or AMF for short. AMF became a huge multi-faceted manufacturing corpor
The Classic MotorCycle6 min read
No Hill Left Unclimbed
Hunter House Road, Sheffield, is not a place that is synonymous with motorcycles. The street is home to umpteen students, several Green Party activists and the cause of many parking-related headaches. Yet, in the 1900s, this steep Victorian terraced
The Classic MotorCycle10 min read
Keep Awake!
Friday, May 20,1904, saw the first competitor, Mr C W Brown, 2¾hp FN, await the starter’s pleasure for the inaugural MCC London-Edinburgh, the club’s first long distance trial. Brown should have departed from the General Post Office, near St Paul’s C
The Classic MotorCycle5 min read
A Brief Chat With... Royce Creasey
Those of us who came to British motorcycles because they were just cheap, old nails before the ‘classic scene’ really got underway, found a champion to our cause in Royce Creasey. As we struggled to keep these things going, Creasey’s words in the fle
The Classic MotorCycle1 min read
News In Brief
The Prescott Bike Festival will take place over June 15-16 at the Gloucestershire venue, owned by the Bugatti Owners’ Club. All proceeds from the event – which will feature a vast array of classics and customs – go to the Blood Bike charities. Gates
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Following A Thread
There are a multitude of threads out there and they generally have a specific purpose in life, which isn’t to catch out the unwary, though it often seems that way. The point of certain threads is to provide a secure fastening system with shake-proof
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