The Classic MotorCycle

The Classic MotorCycle October 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

Though degrees of normality are slowly returning, it's all still far from normal out there in the world, so we continue on as before - trying to do the best we can, with what's available. We're now slowly getting to a place where we can start to be out and about; Gary Chapman and I did our first 'non family' photoshoot a couple of weeks ago - you'll see some of the pictures in this issue (Moto Guzzi Model P) while another feature on the next month page. We're still living a hand-to-mouth existence; generally, by this time of the season, our cupboards would be fit to burst with 'stock' to see us through winter, but we've yet to be able to get to such a place, though, hopefully and without any…

mud, mud, glorious mud ...

Sunbeam star George Dance was the top performer in the 1927 Victory Trial, beating a high-class field of riders on a mixed bag of machinery - ranging from H Harper's budget hybrid, comprising of a 250cc BSA with a 350cc Blackburne engine levered in, through to T Morton on his SSlOO Brough Superior. Bert le Vack, George Rowley, Graham Walker, Bert Perrey, Tommy Meeten, Jimmy Simpson, Jack Amott, Harold Willis, Marjorie Cottle, Peter Bradley, Tommy Bullus, Bert Perrigo, Freddie Edmond, Bert Kershaw, Ernie Nott, Len Crisp - all of them and many more were among the entry. It was top class. The Victory Cup for best performance though, was won by Mr Dance, the Sunbeam employee and all-round competition star. There's no explanation of which model Dance used, just its 493cc capacity,…

news events

Benellis top the Bonhatns bill Two exquisite grand prix 250cc Benellis were top of the huge Bonhams' 'live and online' summer sale, held behind closed doors from August 14-16. Top price was the £149,500 1964 four (right), used by Tarquinio Provini, to win that year's Spanish GP. It had an interesting history, being built up from reunited parts, its engine having at one point being used in a road bike by a member of the Benelli family.The four cylinder racers were finished in grey; the suggestion was they were 'to be as fast as a cannonball; hence the colour. The more traditionally finished all red 1950 machine (below), as used by Dario Ambrosini to win the world championship, sold for £138,000, while a third Benelli - one of four 1959 works 250cc singles…

the way we were in october

1920 D R 'Wizard' O'Donovan (490cc standard BS Norton) broke six Brooklands records, previously held by Jack Emerson (ABC). The new yardsticks were 200 miles at 63.44mph, 250 miles at 63.40mph and three hours at 63.63mph, in classes C (500cc) and D 750cc. Wizard's Norton used Dunlop tyres, Binks three-jet carburettor, Philipson variable speed engine pulley and CAV magneto. 1945 Following the war's end, some motorcycle factories were already hard at work on racing and competition programmes. Bert Perrigo of BSA was looking for younger, accomplished riders - including from the military ranks - to join the Small Heath competition shop, as their pre Second World War stars (including himself) were now six years older than when they last competed. There were also rumours of an all new projected racer from Mr V Stohansel of the…

book review

"Velocette - Passion of a Lifetime" Technical excellence and much, much more ... Author: Ivan Rhodes Forewords by: Stanley Woods and Geoff Dodkin Dedicated to the late Chris Swallow Publisher: The Velocette Owners' Club c/o The Regalia Shop www.velocetteowners.com Hardback, 300 x 215mm (landscape); 288 pages with more than 540 photographs and illustrations. £30 (UK), $39 (USA), $52 (Canada), $54 (Australia) Highly regarded worldwide as a Velocette expert, particularly regarding the overhead camshaft models - which author Ivan Rhodes describes as his 'passion of a lifetime; he could also justifiably be called the ultimate clubman . This comes from trials, scrambles and road racing, all on the same ride-to-work bike ( a 1926 350cc Big Port AJS) in the late 1940s, on to competing in the TT and, of course, finding and restoring historic KTT Velocettes to…

readers' letters

Much travelled Velo ( and fellow) After reading the article about the two Vincent riders in the August issue, I thought I'd drop you a line, as I also went on that rally on my Venom Clubman, which I still ride and have owned since 1961. I travelled Harwich to Zeebrugge to Berlin; Berlin was interesting, sorting passport and money out, then heading to the campsite, which looked very much like a 1930s German youth camp ... After the rally, I went on to the Polish border, riding down the old autobahn, with a chap I had met at the campsite. Over the years, I have travelled all over Europe on this same machine, never on arranged trips and have always found B&Bs - and had no troubles with the Velo. My travels were…