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Classic Bike February 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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2 minuti
killer character

I quickly realised when I got into bikes that it wasn’t just about the motorcycles themselves that I liked, but the characters it seemed to attract. But while racing in that era seemed to generate characters at will (more’s the pity that’s not the case these days), it seemed to be that you only had to park your bike up to meet interesting folks with a motorcycles. I guess it’s why Paul Sample’s Ogri always seemed to strike a chord. In our local area we had our own Ogri. He was known as ‘Killer’. His surname was Escott; I’ve still no idea of his first name, but he was an archetypal biker of the era. He could have been Ogri’s brother. Killer was from out of town, but occasionally showed up on…

4 minuti
king of the hill

WE’VE SEEN PLENTY of concours Vincent twins go under the hammer at Bonhams sales over the years – and plenty of restoration projects, too. We’ve also seen a few race bikes and record breakers go up for sale in everything from ‘as raced’ to immaculate condition. But this heavily-modified 1947 Rapide being offered for sale at the actioneers’ Las Vegas sale on January 23 has to be one of the most unusual. It also has to be one of the most successful, with five national pro-class hillclimb championships – in two different countries – to its credit. Given the exalted status Vincent twins command now – and consequently sky-high prices –it’s hard to believe that this particular example of the marque was bought by hillclimber Glen Kyle for just $50 back…

4 minuti
a self-made maico

OCTOGENERIAN PETE GRIFFITH is proof that people don’t stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams. Pete, 82 this year, stays youthful by racing – and he can’t wait to get cracking on another classic motocross season racing his 1954 250 Maico. This German stroker is surely the world’s oldest Maico currently in active competition. And Pete is the oldest competitor in the Pre-65 MX Club – and possibly on the whole current classic MX scene in the UK. ‘Griff’ first raced off-road 65 years ago, in the year his Maico was built, and has missed only three seasons since then – due to national service and getting married. Ten years ago, he decided his 500cc BSA Gold Star was becoming too heavy to handle for…

2 minuti
ogri rides on

FOR MANY OF us, the antics of cartoon character Ogri and his daft mate Malcolm were essential reading in the early days of Bike magazine – and now it’s possible to relive some of the great Ogri moments thanks to this new book Ogri – Everybody’s Favourite. It features 150 cartoon strips and is published by Laughing Gnome. Ogri was created by artist Paul Sample. He is best known in the book trade as the cover illustrator of Tom Sharpe’s Wilt novels, but bikers identify with the amazing body of Ogri cartoon strips that ran from 1972 until 2013 – first as a regular in Bike magazine, then in custom bike mag Back Street Heroes and even enjoying a short stint in the motoring section of the Telegraph. Paul Sample said: “Ogri…

2 minuti
classics in the capital

IT’S HERE – the eagerly-anticipated Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show is finally upon us. And, for classic fans, there’s even more good news, with the announcement that the National Motorcycle Museum are bringing a selection of their ex-works BSA and Triumph triple racers to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the Rob North-framed world-beaters (see page 25). You’ll be able to find them in the Bonhams Classic Zone – along with yet more classic raceware on Bonhams’ own display which will be showcasing a number of the bikes from the world-famous Morbidelli collection that’ll be going under the hammer at their Spring Stafford sale. Don’t miss the stunning display of ex-Barry Sheene bikes, either – or the official launch of the 2020 Classic TT. Plus, there’s live racing action…

1 minuti
event listings

JANUARY 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 9 Golden Valley Classic Motorcycle Club Trial, Climperwell, near Stroud, Gloucestershire 12 British Bike Night at The Ace Cafe, Stonebridge, London 16 Huddersfield Autojumble, Old Market Building, Brook Street, Huddesfield, West MARCH 7-8 MCN Scottish Motorcycle Show, Royal Highland Centre, 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 APRIL 13 Ashford Classic Motorcycle Show and Bikejumble, Ashford Market, Kent 25/26 Carole Nash International Classic Motorcycle Show, Stafford County Showground,…