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Classic Bike April 2018

Classic Bike helps and inspires enthusiasts to get more from their passion for classic motorcycles. The magazine shares their fascination with motorcycling’s heroic past while also helping them buy, fix and improve the bikes in their shed. Our main areas of content are: - Inspirational and entertaining reads that celebrate the glory of motorcycling, from riding stories that put the reader in the seat of history’s greatest bikes to incredible racing tales - Restoration stories and instructional features that inspire and help people get their tools out and sort out their old bike - In-depth technical features from the most expert and authoritative writers in motorcycling If you share our passion about classic motorcycles from the last century, you'll enjoy reading Classic Bike.

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Paese:
United Kingdom
Lingua:
English
Editore:
H BAUER PUBLISHING LIMITED
Frequenza:
Monthly
COMPRA NUMERO
3,87 €(VAT inclusa)
ABBONATI
31,79 €(VAT inclusa)
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1 minuti
welcome

mike@classicbike.co.uk Think Norton, think Commando. There are many revered models in the brand’s history, yet it’s this big parallel twin that the fabulous logo always brings to mind. To celebrate 50 years since production started, we dig deep into its story, with eye-witness accounts of the Commando’s inception, record-breaking development and daring sales campaign. We’ve also been out in the spring sun on a bike registered in May 1968 (number 276 off the line), swung a leg over a John Player Norton racer and even nosed inside the reborn firm’s current factory. The birthday party starts on page 37. It’s not the only excuse for cake. To mark his 80th birthday we’ve been talking with legendary race engineer and championship-winning rider Kel Carruthers (page 91). The amazing Archie Beggs – 90 this…

3 minuti
barn find of the year

‘I ENJOY OLDER BIKES AND THE CHALLENGE OF GETTING THEM WORKING’ We have a winner. Voting in our Barn Find of the Year competition concluded at the MCN London Motorcycle Show at Excel. Ten entries in varying stages of decrepitude gathered on the Classic Bike stand, ranging in age from Joe Stanton’s 1980 Honda CB250RS special to Jim Coleman’s 1930 250cc Ariel LF, and in size from Simon Kuderovitch’s Tony Foale Kawasaki Z1000 to Ian Barker’s 1962 Benelli 50. But the winner was 28-year-old Juss Creed from Market Drayton with his very original 1947 BSA A7 Star Twin. “I feel a bit guilty,” admitted Juss, “because I couldn’t resist getting on with it and it’s now nearly finished!” But he says the 1000 guinea (£1050) prize is still very welcome. “I’ve just…

1 minuti
what’s going to happen to the bikes that didn’t win?

PAUL WILSON, 1951 BMW R51/3 “Now the show’s over, at last I can get on with it again! I just picked up the wheels from Hagon yesterday – I had to put castors on my workbench and wheel it into the show on that! To be honest it’s not as far away as it looks – I reckon it’ll be on the road for summer.” IAN BARKER, 1962 BENELLI 50 SPORT “When will it be finished? Well, what’s today? Probably next Friday! Well maybe not that quick, but I’ve already got the engine together, there’s a guy in Germany I think can supply rims and I’ve found someone who can make a seat cover... mid-summer I reckon.” JIM COLEMAN, 1930 ARIEL LF250 “Now I can get on with it, I reckon it’ll take about six…

8 minuti
the pinnacle of collecting

‘MIKE FOUND HAPPINESS WORKING ON AND, CRUCIALLY, RIDING BIKES’ Miklos ‘Mike’ Salamon was a life-long motorcycle addict. After using the wages from working in South African mines to buy his first machine at the age of 18, an astonishing career and the creation of the world’s largest mining company allowed him to acquire the bikes he lusted after all his life. And, more importantly, to ride them – Salamon gave up being one of the most successful men in his industry to spend more time on his bikes. He rode a motorcycle for the last time in October last year, just two days before tragically passing away from a rare leukemia-related blood disorder. He was 63. After assessing what really mattered and taking a step back from work, Mike found true happiness…

4 minuti
90 years of slidin’ in circles

This year’s 90th anniversary of British speedway kicked off in February with a very special event at the National Speedway Museum which, rather curiously, is not sited at a famous speedway venue but within the Paradise Wildlife Park near Broxbourne, Herts. ‘THE FIRST UK MEETING WAS HELD AT THE REAR OF THE KINGS OAK PUB IN HIGH BEECH, ESSEX’ Speedway (or ‘dirt track’ as it was known then) was imported from Australia, with the first meeting in Britain held at the rear of the Kings Oak pub in High Beech, Essex on a disused cinder horse trotting track. Attracting a crowd of 30,000, the meeting sparked the imagination of the national media and new tracks sprang up all over the country. The sport was so big, it came close to matching football for…

3 minuti
whirlwind speedway engine

This 1933/34 ‘Whirlwind’ speedway engine was the brainchild of Wal Phillips and is part of a collection of his artifacts owned by Ray Spearman and his son Mark. Phillips was an engineer who is more famous for his fuel injectors and perimeter cable-operated disc brake, but was also a top-class Brooklands road racer in the ’30s (he won the 350cc 200-mile race on Bill Lacey’s JAP-powered Grindlay Peerless in 1928). Inspired by seeing American rider ‘Sprouts’ Elder in action at Stamford Bridge, Phillips took up ‘dirt track’, riding for Stamford Bridge between 1929 and 1932, then joined the Wimbledon Dons in ’33 and rode for them until a leg injury sustained in Australia in the winter of 1936/37 ended his career. Ray Spearman got to know Phillips through mutual friend and sidecar…