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The Hill.

I went to the Motor Cycle Day at Brooklands last weekend; which gave me an opportunity to see how the Martinsyde would fare for its first time on the Test Hill. (thanks to Perry Barwick for track pictures) Brooklands was the World’ first purpose-built motor racing circuit.  While it was intended to be a racing feast there was a sub-text. Since the UK Government was a bit frosty about the whole petrol-engine thing (and frightening the horses in particular) back in 1907…

Earlier this year…

This year seems to have passed a bit faster than I like, as soon as I finish one deadline for Classic bike, I seem to be facing another, however… …that’s not to say I haven’t been doing anything else, I just had much chance to put it on here. Anyway, the year sort of kicked off for us with the Snow Mann Hillclimb in April. This is a local event for us, run at BoPeep Lane, Selmerston, a beauty spot on the South Downs. Not far…

The Rudge Gearbox

In last month’s Classic Bike I wrote a bit about Rudge gearboxes as part of the feature I’m doing on restoring a 1937 Special. But there wasn’t really enough space to do the subject justice so I said I’d put a more in-depth look at it on here. Last week Roger Murray emailed to say he hadn’t managed to find anything about it, so I thought I’d better get on with it! What actually happened was this, that particular issue was a bit…

Yes, Yes, I know…

You thought I’d gone the way of my furry chum; but no. Time has flown by rather and I’ve had more to do than usual for the start of the year. But that’s not the whole story… I apologise for having been off-air for so long but soon after I lost Finbar something happened which, between you and me, peed me off rather. I was looking on Google Images for pictures of New Gerrards when I saw an old magazine pic I had used in my…

Finbar McPaw

Sadly, on December the first at 9.40am we said goodbye to Finbar. I should apologise in advance to non-pet owners and non-dog lovers. I remember a time when I would have thought “it’s only a dog…” if I read something like this but believe me when you have shared thirteen years of your life with a very interactive being it doesn’t matter whether he has a tail or not, he’s your kid; except that from the outset you know he…

Tinkering with Binks

It struck me that I get a lot of enquiries abut vintage carbs owing to the Amac post I did some time ago so I decided to put in a bit about Binks. See, I had a message from a chap called Peter asking if I could identify the AMAC carburetter fitted to his Monet Goyon two-stroke as he couldn’t find anything like it on the internet. As with most vintage components, there doesn’t seem to be much reliable info around, certainly…

Show’s over…

Blimey; remember me? Sorry we’ve been off air for so long but finally with Classic Bike Live, my show season has officially ended and, hopefully, everything will be a bit calmer from now on.   So, Classic Bike Live; this was the first attempt at a new Classic Bike Magazine show. Held at the Peterborough Arena at least it’s only a stone’s throw from the office – although it was a long drive for me – Fridays and motorways are…

Founders Day Fry Up and more

Well, it was another hot one at Founders Day this year. And I actually managed to get around the autojumble this time, to make up for the abortive efforts at Banbury…   The Founders Day show and autojumble at Stanford Hall near Lutterworth Leics, is one of the most popular autojumbles for anyone into the older bikes. Traditionally, it is seen as the place for garage clear-out stalls, rather than professional traders and although this has made it attractive – and therefore…

The Show Must Go On

We went to the seaside the other day… Margate to be precise, my old home town, to visit the recently-restored Dreamland amusement park. I didn’t have much to do with it as a nipper. Thing is when you live near the seaside it has less appeal that when you live inland and when you live on the outskirts of a resort like ‘Margit’ the appeal is further reduced by the amount of holidaymakers that pack the town and sandy spots…

‘Allo Verus

Stafford has been and gone; the Classic Bike Rickman Bonneville sold for a satisfying £14,000 on the hammer and I came back with a load more old junk I didn’t really need… Well, I say that. I spent a lot of money on Blackburne parts I do need but only to find that all of them will need further (expensive) attention. These were parts from the estate of the late Mike Sherwin of Hampshire. Mike was a nice fella whom…