Cars & Motorcycles
The Classic MotorCycle

The Classic MotorCycle December 2019

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.

United Kingdom
Mortons Media Group, Ltd
Read More
$4.54(Incl. tax)
$49.84(Incl. tax)
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
editor’s welcome

This issue, we’ve quite a number of features on motorcycle travelling. I can never fail to be impressed by people like Angus and Margaret Innes, who, in 1956, as a young married couple, set off on their two-year-old Tiger 110 Triumph to travel the commonwealth – a sense of wanderlust and desire for information and experiences fuelling their desires. Then there’s the Anglo-Dutch Rally, still held, but it’s the pioneers who first took part in the event that capture the imagination most. In pre First World War times, they travelled from the Netherlands to visit the UK, quite some undertaking. The people who take part now do so to acknowledge the efforts made all that time ago. Have motorcycle, will travel, that was the spirit then, and long may it continue. Also…

4 min.
transatlantic twin vincent

Writing in the July 18, 1957 issue of The Motor Cycle, American Vaughn M Greene extolled the virtues of ‘one man’s ideal mount’ as he put pen to paper to explain all about his Vincent special, which, frankly, must have caused something of a stir when the pictures were published in the UK press, as it was most unlike anything seen on contemporary British roads. Greene started: “Of course it’s a Vincent! But call it a Series E Model if you like, for nothing like this ever left Stevenage.” He went on to explain the story of the special motorcycle, as well as making the point, near the beginning, that it’d come to him at some cost – a standard Vincent Black Shadow, a 1955 AJS (model unspecified) and a ‘goodly sum…

1 min.
news in brief

GOING LIVE Motorcyclists across the country are gearing-up for Motorcycle Live at the NEC, which this year takes place from November 16-24. As usual it will offer a huge spectrum of two-wheel based entertainment for motorcycle fans. There will be the latest new bikes, an impressive classic display (which will include the Royal Ruby we featured last month), 10 free opportunities to ride, non-stop live entertainment, while tickets also give visitors access to see the spectacular live stunt show in the Moto-Cirque Arena. For details take a look at www.motorcyclelive.co.uk MUSEUM SHOP SIGN The National Motorcycle Museum has updated its Museum Legends online retail shop in time for Christmas. The shop boasts thousands of classic motorcycling related items as well as museum branded clothing. Museum director James Hewing explained: “We have added a whole host…

3 min.
news & events

Charterhouse signs-up for Classic TT sale The Isle of Man Government’s Department of Enterprise has signed an agreement with Charterhouse Auctioneers in Dorset to be an official partner of the Classic TT Races. The partnership includes Charterhouse running an auction of historic, vintage and classic motorcycles at the Classic TT races from 2020. The first auction is scheduled to take place during the August Bank Holiday weekend in 2020. “We are thrilled to have signed this agreement with the Isle of Man Government’s Department for Enterprise” commented Matthew Whitney, head of classic vehicles at Charterhouse. “The Classic TT will be a fantastic place to sell you motorbike, and we are expecting some great results.” Several motorcycles have already been consigned, including Mick Grant’s Kawasaki KR750. Mick rode this KR750 in 1977 at the Isle of…

2 min.
the way we were in december

1919 Lessons from and observations made at the Olympia Show by The Motor Cycle staff included that despite novel engine designs and improvements to two-stroke units, further work was needed, while four-stroke development had stagnated, with many makers just offering minor updates to pre-First World War designs. The writers encouraged makers to improve valve gear protection, silencing and cooling, but congratulated designers of new flat twin engines, many who had adopted duplex frames and some rear suspension. Automatic carburettors and automatic oiling were gaining a foothold and the advances in electrical lighting were making this a possibility. Many riders wanting to control fuel/ air mix and engine oiling regarded these advances as unwanted novelties. Touring the show, it was noticeable how many makers considered passengers; on pillion seats, in sidecars or aboard lightweight three-…

3 min.
right from the start

Local worthy Harry Preston was the catalyst who encouraged Brighton’s town council to establish Madeira Drive as Britain’s first dedicated motorsport venue. Could he have envisaged the Speed Trials first held in 1905 would still be taking place 114 years later? The event was established as an annual occasion, but a variety of reasons have led to breaks in the sequence. There were no problems this September though when the faithful were gathered on the sea-front course for another session of straight line competition, with spectators crammed into start-line enclosures and many more lining Marine Parade, getting a gull’s-eye view from the road that runs parallel to the course, but way above it. The motorcycle entry is traditionally courtesy of invitation by the Brighton & Hove Motor Club, the trials organiser for many…