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Classic Bike Guide June 2019

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old meets new

I still love the Stafford show, there’s always something different and it makes you feel like you’re part of a much larger classic world. This month I had one of those lucky ‘pinch me’ moments, being fortunate enough to spend a little time with some true racing legends – in no order, Charlie Williams, Alex George, John Cooper, Ben and Tom Birchall and Ian Hutchinson. Being a journo and working around racing a little, I’d spent some time with Ian, knew what troubles, pain and hard work he’s had to endure, as well as how honest and damn talented he is. It was great to see him feeling confident, on the mend and he was saying he’s just bought an old Bultaco trials bike. It was also really interesting to see Hutchy…

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capturing a moment in time

Several elements made me choose this image – John Surtees in 1960, en route to winning the Senior TT. His MV Agusta was easily the fastest bike compared to the following gaggle of Norton singles, with a time of 2 hours, 12 minutes and 35.2 seconds, at an average speed of 102.44mph. MV Agusta team-mate, John Hartle, was second, three minutes behind, at a speed of 100.44mph. Hartle reversed those positions in the Junior. Outclassed by the MVs, Mike Hailwood and his Norton came a remarkable third, just three minutes behind Hartle, with an average speed over the six laps of 98.29mph. Just think about that – 226 miles at almost 100mph average, on a single-cylinder Norton with 1960s suspension and tyres. Talented riders and amazing bikes aside, spare a thought also…

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rickman day at sammy miller’s

THE FIRST EVER Rickman Enthusiasts’ Day will be held in 2019 at the Sammy Miller Museum in Hampshire. The event has gathered interest from around the world, and the Rickman Brothers, Don and Derek will be attending. The idea is to gather as many Rickman motorcycles in one place as possible and to invite the family and local ex-factory workforce. Rickman owners are welcome to bring their machines to display on the forecourt of the museum and to be eligible for judging. There will be a registration fee of £6 (proceeds to charities). Trophies will be awarded by the brothers for various classes on the day and the event will be raising funds for two charities nominated by Don and Derek, The Hampshire Air Ambulance and the local Oakhaven Hospice. The event will…

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racers return to oliver’s mount

ROAD RACING IS to return to Scarborough’s Oliver’s Mount road circuit. Racing was cancelled when 12 people were injured in two crashes in September 2017 when competitors crashed through fencing and hit spectators. The venue attracts thousands of spectators to the 3.8km (2.4 mile) track. It has been announced two meetings will take place this year, in July and September. Events at the circuit had previously been run by the Auto66 Club, but now a newly-formed motorcycle racing club, Two Four Three Road Racing Association, will be in charge of the races. Scarborough Borough Council has granted a lease of the site to GrantRoberts Ltd, operating as the racing club and headed by two former Isle of Man TT racers Eddie Roberts and Mick Grant. The operators said races and safety improvements…

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win yourself a mercury

ONE OF THE very best classic Nortons is up for grabs in this year’s Vintage Motorcycle Club raffle. The immaculate 1969 Norton Mercury 650, a single carb twin, was the last Norton to feature the Featherbed frame. The Mercury, a softly tuned tourer, was made by Norton at the end of the Sixties to use up left over parts while the 750 Commando established itself. Despite its humble origins it is regarded by many enthusiasts as being one of the best Norton twins ever made. To buy tickets, which cost £1 each, visit www.vmcc.net/Competitions-and-Raffles. The draw will take place on Friday, June 28.…

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stafford sparkles despite the showers

THERE WERE TWO main topics of conversation at the Stafford International Classic MotorCycle Show during the first day. One was “Who on earth would pay nearly £85,000 for a 650cc Triumph twin” and the other was “Do you suppose it will stop raining?” Bud Ekins’ 1962 649cc TR6SS was the Triumph twin and the purchaser remains a mystery. They paid three times the Bonhams auctioneer’s top estimate, once fees and commissions were added; taking the final bill to £97,500. Outside it rained and the winds blew all day on Saturday. Autojumblers are hardy, but even for them the April conditions were appalling. Piles of parts were covered with tarpaulins to protect them, while gazebos collapsed. Sadly, a day of the extreme weather was enough for some, who had upped sticks by the…