The Classic MotorCycle

The Classic MotorCycle June 2020

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
12 期号


editor's welcome

These strange times we're living in, has meant many of us have had to adapt to a new order. So this is the first issue of The Classic Motorcycle I've ever done while working from home, not having once been into the Mortons offices at all during the duration of putting the magazine together. This has of course brought about some issues with which to deal - the highlight of each edition is often searching through boxes of old pictures, looking for a gem with an interesting story to fill our archive photograph and classic camera pages. Luckily, I've a few in hand, or in my mind, so was able to solve this month's conundrum without too much consternation. Likewise, at the moment, we still have a few features photographed and left over…

going op the junction

This shiny Norton is the transport of Bill Travers and Ava Gardner, on the set of the 1956 film Bhowani Junction, a 154-minute epic filmed on location in Pakistan, directed by New Yorker George Cukor, who was to go on to win the Academy Award for best director for 1964's My Fair Lady. Cukor, famously, was also fired as director of 1939's Gone With the Wind, at the request ofleading man Clark Gable. Bhowani Junction was set in India during 1947, during the last days of the British rule, with Gardner cast as Victoria Jones, daughter of an Indian mother and a British train engineer father. Travers - here riding the Norton - is Patrick Taylor, fellow Anglo-Indian and childhood sweetheart of Jones, still in love with her. Then there's Stewart Granger, leading…

stafford set for august

Owing to the ever-changing nature of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, there's another date change for the 'April' Stafford show, with the new date being August 15/16. "Following the recent announcements from the UK Government, Mortons Events has had to postpone the 40th Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Show which was due to be held on April 25/26. "The safety and well-being of our visitors, exhibitors, partners, contractors and staff is the most important factor and the key reason for postponing the event. The events team have been continually monitoring the latest public health and Government guidelines regarding the evolving Covid-19 situation and acting in accordance with their advice. "We have secured new dates for the show at the Stafford County Showground which will now take place on Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16,…

william charles 'bill' crosby

Well known motorcycle dealer and museum proprietor Bill Crosby passed away in hospital after a brief illness on Sunday, March 29, 2020, a month before his 88th birthday. Bill ran Reg Allen (London) for 60 years, was a Triumph main agent and also nurtured scramblers, sidecar racers and 24 hour production racers with his sponsorship, knowledge and enthusiasm. In 1999 he opened the London Motorcycle Museum and continued that for 20 years. For the last year or so he had attempted retirement, but his head remained firmly in motorcycle mode until the end. In the current situation his funeral will be, by necessity, a small family affair but there's a JustGiving page - JustGiving/ donations/ BillCrosby - in his memory which will remain open until after his memorial party, to take place when…

tony rutter (1941-2020)

Road racing legend and multiple TT winner Tony Rutter passed away on March 24, 2020. Seven times a TT winner between 1973 and 1985, he was also a multiple British championship winner and GP racer. His son Michael, himself a successful racer, reflected: "It makes me smile how dad lived his life exactly how he wanted to and how he got away with so much. "He will probably be best remembered for winning the world TT-F2 championship four times on a Ducati, as well as seven Isle of Man TT wins, nine North West 200 wins, and two British championships. ''I'd like to say a big thank you to his carers for taking such good care of him, and to all his fans and supporters:'…

rare a set for rescheduled stafford sale

Believed to be one of the first Series A Rapides manufactured and potentially the last Vincent-HRD motorcycle to leave the factory in 1959, DUR 142 was used as a factory demonstrator, Vincent directors' mount and road test star. The machine will be offered for sale at Bonhams' Summer Stafford Sale, on August 15/16, 2020, alongside the 40th International Classic Motorcycle Show. Announced in 1936, and with a top speed of 110mph, the Series A Rapide was the fastest production vehicle when launched. Only 78 examples were manufactured, and approximately 50 are believed to survive. DUR 142 was retained by the factory as a demonstrator and for promotional purposes. Accordingly, it was loaned to Motor Cycling in April 1938. The machine was taken to Brooklands for speed tests and timed at 102mph. DUR 142 reappeared…