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The Madness.

This weekend past was the MCN London Show at Excel; and yet again I really found myself enjoying it.. Because although there’s the usual combination of aggressive-looking, jabby bikes, crap music and visually-jarring colours from helmet and clothing stands, all bound up with a sort of force-fed, ‘all the fun of the fair’, there is an unusually upbeat atmosphere that gives me hope for the future of motorcycling in all its forms. This particular show has improved immensely since I first visited –…

New Gerrard News.

Sorry, bit of a part 2 to the previous ‘Happy New Year’ post, this but a couple of comments received made me think I should round up some more New Gerrard titbits. Graham Gasson pointed out that Jock Porter was listed in the book ‘Britain’s Racing Motor Cycles’, written by former Continental Circus rider Les Higgins, as having competed with a Blackburne-engined New Gerrard 500cc twin in the 1922 Senior (500cc) TT. Higgins also reports that Porter entered the Senior in…

Happy New Year!

Of course at this time of year our thoughts focus on the unwanted, the lonely and abandoned. Yes, many bikes have suffered this fate over the years. But what about ex TT machines? They must be out there somewhere, surely… But let’s be serious. Imagine I am a 1920s manufacturer. I won last year’s TT with a bike which was basically a pretty complicated version of my standard engine in a set of stock cycle parts. If I sell the bike locally…

Last Gig of the Year?

Yesterday’s Kempton Park Event was the last one I will attend before Christmas. The Yule celebrations are not particularly recognised in our house; I mean obviously when Finbar was a pup he used to get up especially early to start chewing the decorations but since he’s grown up we don’t really bother… In fact the absence of a TV in the house leaves us blissfully free of the whole business, the only problem coming when you gaily nip out to the shops and wonder…

The month in retrospect.

Been another busy few weeks, with three events to attend as well as restoration and writing work to do. As usual, Stafford was a great weekend, although every year I seem to spend more time gabbing and less time buying things and I completely forgot to pick up some bits of metal I needed. There was some interesting stuff in the auction. I remember years ago people saying the days of the barn finds were over, but every year there’s…

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

I think that sums up the the last few weeks pretty well… The Good? Well, Kop Hill climb of course; I posted about it last year and although I don’t want to be too repetitive, may I say what an utterly excellent weekend that is, and it’s all for charity, folks… But there was also the Brooklands Great War 100. Unfortunately this one off event made us miss the Sunbeam Club’s Romney Marsh Run that we enjoyed so much last year,…

Goin’ back to ma roots…

The Ramsgate Sprint stopped running in 1968. Although I was born in Ramsgate Hospital in 1964, I can’t honestly claim that I recall the mighty roar of the bikes tearing up the Western Undercliff, but no matter. This year the Invicta MCC decided to revive the event and what a weekend it turned out to be… I was invited to attend by Tim Hart who was the originator of the idea because the organisers were looking for bikes that had appeared…

Hello again, it’s been a while…

You see it’s a busy time of year, but hopefully you have been too busy to bother looking in on this site anyway… Where did we get to, oh yes Banbury. Well since then there was Founders Day, enjoyable as always although this time I didn’t find anything irresistible to buy (fortunately). That said I was drawn to this little fellow Clearly a postwar Villiers 98cc model, the duplex frame identifies it as most likely a Bown, made in Wales. I was…

On sunny days, time flies…

  Apologies to anyone having rotten weather, but we’ve been enjoying a lot of sun here lately and to be frank, that makes the whole thing of sitting in front of a computer less than appealing so here’s what’s been going on… It’s been a busy time; first up was the Banbury Run. I’ve said it before but there is nothing quite like riding a 1920s bike surrounded by other 1920s bikes. The whole thing is bonkers if you look at it…

What goes around, comes around…

Or so they say; and it is comforting to think that a good turn might be rewarded sometimes… I guess that’s what has happened here; although the result wasn’t exactly what I needed right now! You see it was like this. My mate Keith phoned from Scotland to ask if I would do him a favour. He had found a pre-War Ariel Red Hunter for sale inside the M25 and wanted me to go and have a look at it. Now I…