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Classic Bike December 2019

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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2 minuti
hang on, i’ll have to czech...

‘Scanner Mark’ (he’s called Mark and scans print photos for our digital archive) is an off-road bikesport nutcase and is always finding rare gems like these Jawa pics. Out of interest, he brought them us to ask if we had any info. Old Eastern Bloc motorcycles are somewhat overlooked by the majority of the classic movement, apart from the hardcore enthusiasts like Jawa CZ Owners Club members – and sad to say, I wasn’t of much help. To me, Jawa meant speedway – a sport I’ve followed since the age of 16. Back then, the Czech-built, methanol-fueled 500cc two-valvers had swept aside the British JAPs that had ruled the sport for so long. Jawa’s speedway engine was developed by another Czech firm, Eso (Czech for Ace). Ironically, Eso’s first racing machines used…

3 minuti
here’s grit in your eye...

THE THIRD ANNUAL Wasp Trophy celebration, hosted by the Mortimer Classic MCC, was a heady mix of action and emotion this year. Held at Amey Copse, a twisty, tight motocross track on the rural outskirts of Reading, the track and paddock was bursting with over 40 pre-1984 sidecarcross machines, as well as a whole host of classic solos. The impressive display of Wasps made the weekend’s racing a poignant one, as Robbie Rhind-Tutt, founder of Wasp motorcycles had sadly passed away days before the event (see obituary overleaf). With Rhind-Tutt’s legacy in mind, organisers arranged for all sidecars to gather around the start line, lined up in an arc, with riders and passengers standing for a minute’s silence. And what a cracking moment it was as all the outfits were kicked over as…

2 minuti
robin rhind-tutt 1941-2019

ROBIN RHIND-TUTT, THE creator of Wasp Motorcycles, passed away on September 4. In 57 years his firm built more than 5000 motorcycle frames, including solos, sidecars and quads plus numerous bespoke projects. Charles Norman Rhind-Tutt (known as Rob or Robin) was born to Charles and Maggie (Petty) at Berwick St James in March 1941. He was their only child as his father, a talented young aeroplane engineer, had been tragically killed in an air raid in Eastleigh six months earlier. Rob wasn’t fond of school and was often found at home, riding his bike or stripping and rebuilding bikes in his own way. Borrowing an uncle’s motorbike was another early hobby, especially if he could race it over the hills at Stapleford, clean it, tune it and put it back with no…

2 minuti
art to move you

BONHAMS’ MODERN AND Contemporary Art Sale at their New Bond Street sale room on December 17 breaks tradition, with three classic motorcycles going under the hammer. They’re a long way from traditional classics, though – all three of them have been customised by world-renowned street artist D*Face. D*face has become a well-known figure among the custom cognoscenti, not only for the modified classic bikes coming out of his custom shop, ‘Rebels Alliance’ on Sclater Street in Shoreditch, but also for the Rebels’ range of clothing, parts – and wacky bike events. The Alliance tend to build customised Japanese classics, although D*Face has just bought himself an AJS single-cylinder trials iron to use in events like the Malle Mile, so the focus could change in future. The three bikes represent the early work of…

2 minuti
complimentary day out

IS IT A show, an open day or a convenient rallying point for people who love old bikes? It’s probably a bit of all three – but whatever it is, it’s become a hugely popular fixture on the classic bike calendar. Indeed, so popular was the sixth annual Museum Live event on October 26, that the M6/M42 roundabout, on which the museum entrance is situated, was blocked as visitors poured into the museum site. The concept of Museum Live is simple. Throw open the UK’s biggest motorcycle museum to the public for free, add an indoor autojumble, trade stands and celebrity appearances from personalities as diverse as TV’s Henry Cole, TT legend John McGuinness and ’60s and ’70s road racing ace John Cooper. The result was the biggest crowd so far…

2 minuti
the only show in town

IT’S NOT LONG now. The Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show rolls into town on Friday, February 14, 2020 for three days of all that’s best in the motorcycling world. ExCeL in London’s Docklands is the place to be to catch the action – and there’ll be plenty of it over the three days of the best motorcycle show in the UK. The latest attraction for classic fans is the official launch of the 2020 Classic TT Races. Full details of the race and practice programme, plus the full entertainment schedule will be announced for the first time at ExCeL and the show will also offer visitors the first chance to buy official Classic TT event and experience tickets, as well as tickets for the official TT grandstand. There’s also the chance…