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The Other Mr Dunlop.

We’re just back from the Isle of Man, where the name Dunlop has a particular significance but in this post I want to talk about a different – and in a way even more widely known – Mr Dunlop from Ireland. I refer to John Boyd Dunlop, the man who gave his name to the Dunlop tyre, Wikipedia will tell you how Scots born JB  invented the pneumatic tyre only, regrettably, to discover that he was not the first to…

Magical Mallory

I suppose a weekend in Paris is a more traditional way to fall in love than a few circuits of Mallory Park but you’ll just have to forgive my clumsy ways…   The flat tank Model 9 Sunbeam I bought last year was an extravagance. It cost quite a lot of money and for those of us that are not exactly rolling in the stuff, that can be hard to justify; but tearing it round the charming Mallory circuit, dragging…

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…