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News In Brief
On July 14, the Dorset Section of the VMCC will be holding their 41st Veteran and Vintage Run. This is specially organised with suitable routes for these machines. Starting from Leigh Village Hall, near Sherborne, the route – of about 45 miles – will
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The Spark Of The Matter
Although an electrical engineer named Marcus was probably the first to build a low tension magneto, by 1898 German electrical engineering experts Simms-Bosch were among the leaders to hone the design into a workable system for the internal combustion
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H&H Sale At The NMM
A highly collectable single-owner 1955 Vincent Black Knight, pictured right, is one of the stand-out lots at the next H&H Classics auction at the National Motorcycle Museum on July 30. Mark Bryan, of H&H, says: “The bike is in amazingly original cond
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Electrifying?
Berliner Motor Corporation was the US distributor for all but a handful of European motorcycle marques from the 1950s right through to the 1980s. To the motorcycle companies they bought bikes from – Ducati, Matchless, Moto Guzzi, Norton to name but a
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First Of The Many
It is accepted Samuel Moray designed the first vapourising carburettor in 1826. Development largely stagnated until the 1880s, when work on internal combustion engines was proceeding apace. Many, including the German Karl Benz and later Frederick Lan
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Going Large In Laughton
The Sussex village of Laughton is situated a little off the main roads, but the 27th annual Cuckoo Fayre over May 25-27 was another enormous celebration of just about anything under that catch-all heritage banner, from steam-powered road locomotives
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Pressed Into Service
Mention of police motorcycles tends to conjure up images of Triumph, BMW and Velocette twins, but a surprising number of other manufacturers managed to get a toehold into this lucrative market. Just to name a few there were Greeves Essex singles and
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News In Brief
The Brighton National Speed Trials will return to the seafront again this year, on Saturday, September 7. Entry forms, regulations and entry criteria are available at www.brighton andhovemotorclub.co.uk.Advance spectator tickets are also on sale now
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Diary
Bike Night. Jacks Hill Cafe, A5 Watling Street, Towcester, Northants NN12 8ET.Email capellacaterers@btconnect.com. The Lost Rally. The Duke William, Matlock, Derbyshire. Tel 07774 490526.Email boclostrally@outlook.com. Unwanted MCC’s Rally. The Roc
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Ashford Classic Motorcycle Show
ELK Promotions made its traditional visit to Ashford Cattle Market in Kent, on Easter Monday (April 22). The event is always popular with vintage and classic enthusiasts from that end of the county, where events further west often involve long and un
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Holy TT relic
SOME things need to be seen in their proper context, so with the mighty Lightweight Rex-Acme being on the Island, it would be wrong not to photograph it on the Isle of Man TT course. This is a marque, after all, whose greatness was built on its perfo
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Regal Riding
Prince Michael of Kent, then aged 17, poses on a ‘…sleek and shiny motorcycle belonging to his friend Duke Amedeo Di Savoia Aosta, who sits on the bonnet of a small car looking.’ So explains the official statement on the reverse of the photograph, th
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Book Review
“Moon Eyes – The John Cooper story” Road racing legend, Grand Prix hero, motorcycling icon Editor: Richard Skelton Author and interviewer: Chris Carter, with contributions by Colin Seeley, Peter Williams, Sir Robin Miller, contemporary riders and
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The Owner’s View
Rupert Murden shares his thoughts on the Rex and the 1923 Lightweight TT. He said: “Reading the race reports from 1923 has changed the way I look at the machine. It’s extraordinary that it survived for four-and-a-half hours of what was essentially an
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The Way We Were In August
To cover 112 miles in 12 hours by motorcycle is hardly impressive, but if one stands on the platform of an Autoglider scooter sans seat, this is over and above the call of duty. Intrepid riders Mr Townsend (designer) and Mr Skinner (works manager) of
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Making Something Special
What is a special? Many of the first pioneer motorcycles comprised an engine and sundries attached to an existing cycle. In 1900, Belgian Sylvain de Jong made the job easier by offering his Minerva kit (comprising of 211cc four-stroke engine, tank ho
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Concrete Mixers
1: “It is a lot bumpier than it looks” says Stu Rogers as he pulls a pantomime face and gives his backside a rub. He has been campaigning cammy Nortons in classic racing for over 50 years, so he knows what he’s talking about when he shows us a replic
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A Brief Chat With... Dave Smith
Rupert Ratio – dedicated to unit Beezer singles. The ‘Smith’ route to motorcycling and, ultimately, authorship of the BSA singles bibles wasn’t exactly straightforward and he admits to not always following the herd in his approach. An ‘apprenticeship
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LOUIE McCLEAN “Everybody’s Favourite And A Wonderful Rider, Mrs Louie McLean Is No Longer With Us.”
When the trials rider who rose to prominence as Louie Ball died in 1932, Motor Cycling noted: “Everybody’s favourite and a wonderful rider, Mrs Louie McLean is no longer with us. It is the sad duty of Cyclops to record her passing.” And Motor Cycling
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Readers’ Letters
When I read your excellent article about Rob Fitton in the June 2019 edition of The Classic MotorCycle, it took me back to Easter 1954. Then, I was a 14-year-old schoolboy living in Brigg, north Lincolnshire, and a local road racer living in a nearby
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Measuring Up
There are readers out there, I’m sure, who do know how many different combinations of BSA fork, wheel and brake plate parts there are. However, I’m not one of them and thankfully for this feature I don’t need to know the finer details. Having solved
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With Due Reverence…
On Sunday, May 5, around three dozen prewar solos and sidecar outfits lined up in the car park of St Barnabas’ Church in Bexhill, Sussex for the Ixion Run. The occasion is becoming established as a regular outing for those willing to follow a route o
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Relieving Pressure
Triumph’s oil release valve is an indicator of oil pressure within an engine – all well and the little button protrudes a short distance from the valve body. In pre-unit engines it’s in the timing case and can be vulnerable; on unit engines it’s in t
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The Same… But Different
Visit the Canton of Jura in Switzerland, not far from Basel, and you’ll encounter most of the things for which the country is famous. Perfectly kept villages, a vista rich in landscapes which are not blighted by overhead power or communication cables
…Or Discover Something New