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Classic Bike January 2020

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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percy tait’s combe howler

Combe programme filled out by Editor Gary Pinchin himself. Results don’t show Percy also equalled his own lap record that day. Action pic shows Percy Tait at Thruxton in March 1971 – on his Triumph. BAUER ARCHIVE So sad to hear that Percy Tait has passed away. I never met him, but did have the pleasure of watching him race many times in the 1970s and, being a Triumph fan, he was always one of the stars I followed in the MCN British Superbike championship. The first time I remember seeing him race was at an ACU National round at Castle Combe on Saturday, September 4, 1971. I recall this specific meeting for two reasons. One: I was due in Bath hospital on the Monday for a knee operation, so Combe was…

6 minuti
rescued racer

HARRY COLE HAS a passion for the Triumph motorcycle brand and how it underpinned ‘cool’ in the psyche of riders and aficionados of the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. He says he bought this old Triumph Tiger 100 knowing how cool it was. The seller provided him with plenty of information, including the name of the original owner – Robert Earl Woodson of South Carolina – but it was only when Harry asked Triumph specialists Ace Classics in Lee, London, to build him a replica to ride, that the full story of the bike emerged. Ace Classics’ Kev Rushworth explained: “We knew the name of the original owner, so we put out a plea on social media for information on the bike and its owner. Sadly, Robert Woodson has passed away, but he…

1 minuti
numbers game

Bob Herrick’s 366-page book, A Collection of AMA Pro Racing Dirt Track Competition Numbers, lists each racer’s number, name, home town and racing classification from 1959-1990. Only 99 riders held national numbers each year, while local racers were assigned a number with a trailing letter to denote the AMA district they raced out of: C referred to the Carolinas, D was Florida. We asked Bob if he could shed any light on Robert Earl Woodson’s racing career, from the racing numbers in these photos. He said: “Woodson raced professionally out of Piedmont, South Carolina from the early ’50s through to 1963. He had three different racing numbers in his career: 109D, 49D and 24D. I don’t have records for Novice rider numbers that far back, but I’m guessing his Novice number…

4 minuti
percy tait 1929-2019

MERIDEN TRIUMPH LEGEND Percy Tait has died, aged 90. A genial character, popular with his workmates and the public, hard-riding Percy had two parallel careers on two wheels. He was a Triumph factory test rider and one of Britain’s top road racers. Somehow, he also found time to be an animal stockbreeder and in retirement became one of the country’s leading experts on rare breeds of sheep. Percy started work as an assembly worker at Meriden in 1950, after serving in the Army’s Triumph-mounted Royal Signals Display team. His riding skills soon saw him promoted to test rider for the experimental department, where future products were developed. The job he did for 23 years entailed hammering around the MIRA test track near Nuneaton and racking up road mileage in all weathers,…

2 minuti
banking on brooklands

The Brooklands Museum in Weybridge, Surrey, is one of those places you have to visit at least once. We defy you to stand at the foot of the banking and not feel the hairs on your arm start to stand on end as the ghosts of racers past stir your soul. And what better way to spend the first day of the new year than soaking up the atmosphere in the company of thousands of like-minded folk at the annual new years day classic bash? Bikes cars, whatever – as long as you arrive on (or in) a pre-1990 vehicle, you’ll be ushered in through the Campbell gate to become part of an expected 1000-plus classic vehicle display. That has to be better than sitting through Where Eagles Dare yet…

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event listings

JANUARY 4 Rufforth Autojumble, Rufforth Park, Yorkshire 18 Kempton Park Autojumble, Kempton Park Racecourse, Sunbury on Thames, Middlesex. kemptonparkautojumble. 19 AJS and Matchless Owners ‘Founders Day’ and Classic Bike meet, Ace Cafe, Stonebridge, London 24-26 International Island Classic, Phillip Island Circuit, Australia 26 Malvern Drive-in Classic Car and Bike Autojumble, Three Counties Showground, Worcestershire FEBRUARY 1-2 Carole Nash Bristol Classic Motorcycle Show, Royal Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset 14-16 Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show, London ExCeL 15-16 Classic Dirt Bike Show, The International Centre, Telford, Shropshire MARCH 7-8 MCN Scottish Motorcycle Show, Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh. scottishmotorcycleshow. com 8 Classic Bike Day, Ace Cafe, Stonebridge, London 29 South of England Classic Motorcycle Show and Bikejumble, The South of England Showground, Ardingly, West Sussex…