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The Classic MotorCycle

The Classic MotorCycle

July 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
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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
editor’s welcome

Welcome to the issue, one in which we’re celebrating 40 years of the publication being in existence. We’ve not gone over the top, instead we’ve taken a look back at some of the issues in the intervening four decades, acknowledging the changes which have occurred, as well as reprinting an article published in the wake of founding editor Bob Currie’s passing, originally appearing in 1988 and which tells the story of the man who created the magazine. In 1981 I celebrated my third birthday, while in 1988 it was my 10th year – though by then I was a regular reader of this magazine, while my poor mother had to endure my childhood choice of ‘read a book with mum’ being Jeff Clew’s The Scott Motorcycle. As a magazine, the publication…

4 min.
camping trip

Hardly ever will a picture more accurately represent a period in motorcycling history than this wonderfully evocative image, originally published in the June 27, 1946 edition of The Motor Cycle. There’s scant detail with its reproduction, simply captioned; “A club under canvas : A glimpse of the Southampton and DMCC camping members, who spent Whitsun in the grounds of Mr Wilson, The Lodge, Tiverton, as his guests.” The reverse of the original picture affords little details either, apart from a photographer’s stamp (‘S Brown, 3 Bampton Street, Tiverton’) and the pencilled instruction ‘Pay’ written in front of it. In July 2020, 3 Bampton Street (a five-storey building) was up for auction, the ground floor – one would imagine the site of Mr Brown’s photography business – an estate agents, with the four…

4 min.
roll up, roll up…

We were only about a month away from April Stafford 2020, when the whole world changed. Now, over 15 months later, we may finally be getting back to the showground. With both (April and October) of last year’s events having had to be cancelled, this year’s April has endured a couple of date changes – but now will take place over July 3/4 – though the Bonhams auction (see separate story) will begin on July 2. So, what can we expect from Stafford ‘July 2021’? For us personally at The Classic MotorCycle, we get to celebrate our 40th (ruby) anniversary, which we intend to do by having several of our old ‘cover star’ motorcycles on the stand. Among them will be George Formby’s personal International Norton (which was slated to appear at…

1 min.
crucial information

When: July 3/4, 2021 Where: Stafford County Showground, Staffordshire ST18 0BD What: A flagship event of the classic motorcycling calendar, the International Classic MotorCycle Show is well into its fourth decade and is still going strong. ADVANCE TICKETS Website: www.staffordclassicbikeshows.com • Tel: 01507 529529 Adult one-day: Advance: £13 | On the gate: £16 15 and under: FREE admission FREE parking at the venue Closing date for advance ticket sales 8.30am Monday, June 28, 2021. Tickets can be purchased at the gate. Gates open at 9am on both days.…

1 min.
news in brief

CLASSIC T-SHIRTS RetroClassic Clothing has launched a range of apparel for classic vehicle enthusiasts. Each T-shirt design is unique and hand-printed to order at the company’s Wiltshire base, on ethically produced 100% cotton. For the full range available visit www. retroclassicclothing.com Readers can claim 20% off the RRP when quoting reference code CM-mag20% BATTLESBRIDGE SHOW IS SORT OF GO Due to the uncertainty of Government guidelines and covid restrictions, Battlesbridge show this year will be an informal meet on Sunday, July 4. It will be a celebration of the end of lockdown and completely free admission to classic bikes, club stands and visitors. Details from www. battlesbridge.com SURREY SHOW Brooklands Motorcycle Show is being held on July 4. Expect to see all manner of motorcycles on Test Hill. ITALIAN CELEBRATION There’s a day celebrating all motorcycling things…

3 min.
news & events

Brookland Museum’s 100th celebrations On April 28, 2021, members of the motorcycle team at Brooklands Museum commemorated the centenary of the first motorcycle to reach 100mph in Britain, and the first motorcycle to reach 100mph at Brooklands. The team assembled on the Railway Straight of the original track, which is now part of Mercedes-Benz World, together with two contemporary motorcycles representing the Harley-Davidson and Indian that took part in the duel to be the first to break ‘the ton.’ The accompanying picture shows John Warr exercising the Harley-Davidson (Photograph: The Brooklands Bulletin). Sparkbrooks to star One of the star lots in H&H’s auction on June 9, 2021, at the National Motorcycle Museum, is this 1914 Sparkbrook V-twin. The 770cc model is one of just three known V-twin Sparkbrooks known to survive. Restored around 10 years ago,…