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The Classic MotorCycle

The Classic MotorCycle

May 2021
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Started in 1903, The Classic MotorCycle has more to offer the true vintage motorcycle enthusiast than any other publication, backed by Europe's largest motorcycle image archive.

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United Kingdom
Mortons Media Group, Ltd
$7.27(Incl. tax)
$60.06(Incl. tax)
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
editor’s welcome

When I was a boy and obsessed with Formula 1 car racing, the voice of Murray Walker was, basically, the voice of Formula 1. Though I ‘knew’ Murray, like all of us viewers did, as the over-excited man who talked faster than the cars were going, I learned early on that ‘his dad had been a motorcycle racer’ and that endeared Murray to me even more. Not only did he know his Bertrand Gachot from his Gerhard Berger, but he also knew the Sunbeam Model 90 from a Rudge Ulster… his dad Graham competed on both and even won the race that gave that latter mentioned famous motorcycle its name. So Murray was a man who seemed to speak my language. Much later, having met and when talking to Murray, one always…

4 min.
chris vincent (1935-2021)

In the lead up to the 1962 Sidecar TT, it was a case of which of the BMW crews would run out victorious, and while the two-tone green outfit piloted by Chris Vincent was acknowledged to be fast and its driver skilful, the pushrod parallel twin BSA A7 engine was no match for the overhead camshaft, Rennsport flat-twin motors powering the stellar BMW devices. After all, BMW had won every sidecar TT since 1955, its re-introductory year being 1954. Vincent and passenger Eric Bliss didn’t seemingly have a chance. But they won. Born January 20, 1935, Birmingham native Chris Vincent started his working career at ‘The BSA’, though in those early days he was also in the employ of several other firms around Birmingham at various points – including Velocette –…

1 min.
news in brief

BRISTOL SHOW NO GO The Bristol Classic Bike Show, traditionally held in February, but which had been moved to July 25/26, 2021, has now had to be cancelled, due to NHS England extending its contract to use the venue (Royal Bath and West Showground) as a vaccination centre until the end of August. ‘Bristol’ will be back in February 2021. CLASSIC TT CANCELLED The Isle of Man Classic TT and Manx GP, to be held at the end of August and the start of September, has been cancelled. VMCC CELEBRATIONS The year 2021 marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Vintage Motor Cycle Club (VMCC) and to celebrate this the North West area sections are combining together to promote a commemorative event, to take place on September 19, at The Junction Pub, Rainford,…

5 min.
news & events

Murray Walker Of the recent obituaries in the national press of Murray Walker, who has passed away aged 97, many make scant reference to his motorcycling career, while one called it ‘underwhelming.’ Well, to most people, winning a Gold Medal in an ISDT, and a first class award in the Scottish Six Days, as Walker did in 1949 (as well as the being part of the winning club team) is anything but underwhelming – but then Walker did so much more, too. Born Graeme Murray Walker in Birmingham in October 1923, Murray was the only son of Graham and Elsie. Graham being, of course, Graham Walker, works racer, TT winner, team manager, then editor of Motor Cycling magazine for nearly 25 years. It was only natural Murray would be interested in two wheelers. After serving…

1 min.
h&h sale

One of the highlights of H&H’s sale at the National Motorcycle Museum on April 28, is the rather fabulous Indian Four depicted, dating to 1937. The red rarity was sold new in the UK and has been in its current ownership since 1967, having been restored in the 1980s and unused since 1995, though started regularly until a couple of years ago. The 1265cc machine is estimated at £45,000 to £55,000. There’s plenty of other attractive motorcycles on offer too, including a cracking NUT V-twin, an unrestored Series C Vincent Comet, a Matchless Model X and a pair of vintage AJS singles. Have a look at handh.co.uk for more.…

2 min.
book review

“NW200 90th Road & Race” Author: Ian Foster Forewords: Tommy Robb and Sammy Miller MBE Honorary foreword: Billy Nutt MBE Publisher: Classic Auto-cycle Museum Ltd (CAM) Email: ian@netvigator.com Tel: 028777 62405 (UK) or +852-91304536 (Hong Kong) Book’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/groups/257272268481826 Hardback, 220 x 300mm (landscape): 486 pages with over 2450 colour and black and white photographs and illustrations. ISBN: 978-988-745111-2-9 Cost: £36; $50 USD; $64 CAD; $64.35 AUD All proceeds from book sales go directly to the NW200 Organising Team (charity). The NW200 90th Road & Race book has been written by Hong Kong-based Northern Irishman Ian Foster, to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the North West 200 road races held annually on the roads of Coleraine-Portrush-Portstewart in Northern Ireland. This is a two-for-one book, with the NW200 race history being presented on one side (404 pages) and the road history of…