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Classic Bike March 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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mike@classicbike.co.uk Everyone expected a price like a phone number, however when bidding hit £652,414 even Bonhams must have been surprised. That’s the thick end of a million dollars. The Vincent Black Lightning in question has history – it’s the ex-Tony McAlpine and Jack Ehret land speed record bike – but it shows continued interest and growth in classics. More on page 6. Such treasures are beyond most piggy banks, so it was great to visit Cadwell for some BSA Bantam action – the most affordable classic racing (page 44). It leads a bevy of fascinating competition features, with the intriguing Mototemporada road races (page 66), the Gollner Cheetah (page 60) plus the story of Julian Wigg’s amazing BSA tracker (page 32). Out on the road we go for a ride in rush-hour Paris…

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lightning strikes

It might have been half expected, with an estimate listed ominously as ‘refer to department’. However, the sale price for the ex-Tony McAlpine and Jack Ehret 1951 Vincent Black Lightning must surely have surpassed even Bonhams’ wildest dreams at their recent Las Vegas sale. The bidding finally stopped at $929,000 – that’s £652,414 and makes the speed record-breaking machine a record holder of another kind, as it became the most valuable bike ever to sell at auction. Bonhams’ international head of motorcycles, Ben Walker, told CB months ago, when the bike was consigned for the sale, that the five-owner machine is probably the second most important Vincent twin in the world after the Rollie Free ‘bathing suit’ bike. One of an estimated 19 surviving matching-number Vincent Black Lightnings from a production…

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some we sold earlier

1939 BMW RS255 KOMPRESSOR Las Vegas, 2013 Factory-approved replica, with 1939 RS255 engine in a 1951 plunger Rennsport frame. 1939 VINCENT-HRD RAPIDE Spring Stafford Sale, 2014 Series A bike owned by same family since 1959, subject of seven-year restoration. 1934 BROUGH SUPERIOR SS100 Spring Stafford Sale, 2012 The ex-Murray Motorcycle Museum machine. 1939 VINCENT-HRD RAPIDE Spring Stafford Sale, 2012 Late-model Series A model, restored in the 1960s, ex-Brian Verrall collection. 1949 VINCENT BLACK LIGHTNING Autumn Stafford Sale, 2008 Supercharged bike built in the ’50s for a bash at the Land Speed Record. 1940 CROCKER ‘BIG TANK’ Quail Lodge Sale, 2012 Ex-museum example of the rarer breed of large-capacity American V-twin. 2013 HARLEY SUPER GLIDE Paris Auction, 2014 Formally owned by Pope Francis, this Harley--Davidson Davidson was was sold for charity. 1927 ZENITH-JAP COMBINATION New Bond Street Sale, 2008 Ex-Roland Martin Martin Brooklands Brooklands championship championship…

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going dutch

Kenny ‘Von Dutch’ Howard was a complicated character who divided opinion during – and after – a life cut short by illness in 1992. Born the son of a Los Angeles signwriter in 1929, Howard was earning money as a pin-striper to the custom car movement by the age of 10. Developing a unique style, he was also a skilled mechanic, metal fabricator and sometime gunsmith, and he became an integral part of the Kustom Kulture scene. Though Howard’s artistic talent is undoubted, many contemporaries say he had a darker side. Robert Williams, one-time friend and fellow artist, said he could be, “quite a racist, didn’t like anyone.” Whatever the truth about the enigmatic Howard, his art has lived on – and 14 original Von Dutch artworks went under the hammer at…

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auction dates

March: 3 Dee, Atkinson and Harrison at Sledmere House, Sledmere, East Yorkshire dee-atkinson-harrison.co.uk 4 H and H Auctions at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham handh.co.uk 4 Richard Edmonds Auctions Sale at Allington, near Chippenham, Wiltshire richardedmondsauctions.com 8 Dorset Vintage and Classic Auctions at Athelhampton House, near Dorchester, Dorset dvca.co.uk 25 Finarte Migliazzi Collection Sale, Bergamo, Italy. finarte.it April 14 Richard Edmonds Auctions at Allington, near Chippenham, Wiltshire richardedmondsauctions.com 21 Cheffins Cambridge Vintage Sale at Sutton, Ely, Cambridgeshire cheffins.co.uk 22 Bonhams Spring Stafford Sale at the Staffordshire County Showground, Stafford. bonhams.com May 2 Charterhouse sale at The Royal Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset charterhouse-auction.com 26 Mathewsons sale at Roxby Garage, Thornton-le-Dale, Pickering, North Yorkshire mathewsons.co.uk…

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a sale for everyman

The ownership of the Excelsior brand failed to change hands at Mecum’s spectacular five-day Las Vegas sale on January 23-27. Bidding for the manufacturing rights, trademarks and expired patents of the company reached $1.9 million, but the search for a new saviour for the iconic brand continues. But if budding entrepreneurs were in short supply, those keen to invest in some more tangible classic metal weren’t. Out of around 1300 bikes on offer, a mere 111 failed to find new homes. And the sale really did have something for everyone. At the top end of the scale, America-built machines performed well, with a beautifully-restored 1911 Harley-Davidson Model 7D making top price overall at $154,000 (£109,075). This example of the first year of Harley-Davidson’s twins is one of very few known to…