Monthly Archive: July 2014

Founder’s Day

I know, it sounds a bit pompous… but the VMCC’s Founder’s Day rally is a superb event to attend and this year it was themed around the Great War. Here’s our good chum Noel Whittal circulating the ring in period attire… So there’s the arena displays and the usual club stands but most of all there’s the autojumble. Founder’s Day has the reputation of being the jumble that attracts ordinary folk clearing their sheds (ie not just traders) and for being THE…

Ton-Up Day at Jack’s Hill Cafe

Rockers from all over the world headed to Jack’s Hill Cafe at Towcester for the annual Ton-Up Day last weekend… This character had all the gear and no idea; didn’t see him riding a bike – he’s probably one of those they used to call ‘Bus-stop Rockers’… The Jack’s Hill Cafe event is a bit of an antidote to the commercialisation of the Rocker scene, that has, I’m told, seen someone register the word ‘Rockers’ as a trademark for clothing and memorabilia. Better get your application in…

AMAC carb query…

Received the following carb question from Andy… “Hi Rick, hope you are well, maybe you can help me… again!! A mate has owned a Sunbeam Model 95 for 13 years, it is stored at my house at the moment, I decided it was time it was on the road so suggested while it was here I recommission it for him (foolish)… The carb was gummed up solid but he had a newly refurbished TT item on the shelf, the mag spark was…

Simply change the handlebars…

Five minute job… But alas no. You see my mate Bruce gave me a pair of ‘bars to go on the 1928 BSA. They were proper BSA bend, similar to original but longer, a repro for a 500 Sloper. This BSA pattern was introduced in 1927 (I think) and continued ever after. It’s a sort of M pattern that can be turned upside down for sports riding, wherein lies its charm. The bars currently on the bike are a bit crappy and I really fancied a…