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Welcome to Germany

Holidays are not something that figure large in my life and we’ve been promising to visit to our friends Matthias and Sonja in the Ruhr valley for so long it had become a joke. As Matthias put it, “The kids would like you to come and stay before they leave home.” We flew to Dusseldorf airport; now I’m not a great fan of air travel – it’s not that I’m airsick or frightened – after all the terminal velocity of…

Back online for Stafford Show

Well, what can I say; my last post was September last year, so first of all I owe everybody who is good enough to look in occasionally to see if there are any updates an apology. There are reasons for the lack of broadcasts but they probably boil down to excuses really so I may as well just get on with it and say no more… It’s been a very busy few months; (see, excuses already!). Before Christmas I went…

Shuttleworth Snaps

It’s been another busy couple of weekends, this one just past saw us at the second Shuttleworth Sprint, so here are some ‘snaps’ from the day. The Shuttleworth Collection, just off the A1M in Bedfordshire is A Good Thing. Richard Shuttleworth was a racing driver and pilot who having enjoyed a very substantial inheritance in his early twenties, did the right thing with it. Throughout the 1930s he indulged his passions of motor racing and flying while amassing a collection of…

Gone in sixty seconds…

Well, that’s how this year has felt to me at least. Time drags when you’re bored but the opposite is also true and it’s been a busy summer; mind you that isn’t the only reason you haven’t heard form me for a while…you see, the dog ate my homework. ‘What dog’? Ah well, that would be Peter. Formerly Judy’s mum’s dog, they both moved in with us after we sold her house and started looking for a retirement flat locally and…

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 about 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…