Monthly Archive: December 2014

The Specialist

There’s something very satisfying about visiting a master craftsman… Meet Bryan. Bryan and Son repair radiators in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Well Bryan does; his son has unfortunately not followed him into the business but he is often assisted by his wife, Julie. I took a Scott radiator down to him earlier this month. A leaking radiator is one of the Scott owner’s biggest fears. The soft-soldered honeycomb radiator, gleaming with nickel or chromium plate is a spendid feature of the Scott motorcycle but if you…

Done your Christmas shopping yet?

I have; I bought this… Well, you know how it is. Christmas may come but once a year.. .but the chance to buy rare engines is sometimes only once in a lifetime. What you see here is a 1923 350cc Blackburne engine. I was offered it by a friend who was clearing some surplus parts. I thought the price was reasonable, reflecting the fact that the bottom-end needed some sorting and is not, strictly speaking, the correct one. The engine number…