Monthly Archive: May 2014

Brooklands on a sunny weekend…

We had a great time at Brooklands 40’s Revival day… Being the sort to surround ourselves with anything old, not just motorcycles, we clubbed together with some friends and took a stall to shift some of the surplus. Now in its third year, the event is taking on a personality of its own with a dance tent playing appropriate music, stalls selling clothing, period household goods and ephemera, military camps and vehicles and many of the visitors making the effort to turn out in period…

Good old Blackburne does it again!

Well, we made it… Changing the magneto wasn’t the only job on my list before the Ixion Cavalcade last weekend. Ever since it has been on the road I’ve put up with a comedy ringing noise as the primary chain brushes the enormous, gong-like outside flywheel. It happens because the taper fit is worn and successive lapping-in operations have moved it too close to the chain. Now obviously, to some eyes my Blackburne’s condition is a disgrace and it should be restored. I’m prepared to stand my…

Blackburne prep for the Ixion Run

This is where I always go wrong…  Common sense says, if you have a bike that works perfectly well and there’s a run coming up this weekend, you should leave it alone. But there’s a problem in that for me. Often I have some new part or job lined up that I haven’t had time to attend to and needing the bike for an event is the perfect excuse to put it to the top of the queue. When I…

Home again…

Been a bit of a long week since Stafford but the Martinsyde is now back in the shed. Hey up folks, thanks for all the positive comments on the Blog so far.  Stafford was great as always and the Martinsyde created a lot of interest on the ClassicBike magazine stand. Last time James May saw the bike it was when I started it in my shed. Reluctant at first, on the final kick it screamed deafeningly into life with the throttle stuck; refusing…