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Classic Bike October 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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come on in and join the party

gary.pinchin@bauermedia.co.uk Welcome to the 40th anniversary issue of Classic Bike . Who would have thought back in 1978 that we would have such longevity, and grow into the UK’s top-selling motorcycle magazine? To celebrate, key CB staff from across the four decades have selected the most memorable features for this bumper 196-page special issue. The birthday party starts on page 90. It’s not the only anniversary. It’s also 40 years since Yamaha launched the XS1100, so we’ve been rediscovering the four-cylinder shaft-drive roadster (p78). Twenty five years on, we celebrate Kevin Schwantz’s 1993 world title as he relives the season in his own words (p52), plus there’s a look into his works 500. Our new art chap Austin was gobsmacked to see Lucky Strike livery in CB – however, go by the…

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bonhams’ big one

‘BARRY RANDLE FINISHED THIRD IN THE 1968 SENIOR TT ON THE BIKE’ Bonhams’ two Stafford sales are probably the highlights of the UK auction calendar. And this year’s autumn sale reinforces that status. By the time the catalogue closed, around 400 lots of bikes and memorabilia had been valued, photographed and catalogued ready for sale. This year, three important collections make up a significant proportion of the catalogue. The 80-bike Willowbrook collection is the biggest of the three. The businessman owner – still an active rider – is thinning out his 100-bike collection, amassed over the last 20 years and including modern machines like the 2017 Kawasaki H2R racer and traditional classics like his 1938 Excelsior Manxman and a 1928 AJS K8 500. The 40-bike Adrian Reed collection also includes some real gems,…

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vincent at the nmm

Even with the catalogue remaining open for a few more weeks yet, there are already plenty of interesting lots confirmed for the next H&H sale. Standing out among the early entries the 1951 Vincent Black Shadow pictured here, which is being offered with an estimate of £40,000-50,000 – rather less than you might expect for a Series C Shadow. The reason is that the engine is not the original V-twin, but a new unit that was built in 2011. However, for a buyer looking for a machine to ride rather than a museum piece, this surely shouldn’t detract from the Vincent’s allure, and the bike is still likely to appreciate in value over the years – even if not quite at the rate you’d expect for a matching-numbers example. There is…

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auction dates

October: 2-3 Canterbury Auction Galleries sale at Canterbury, Kent canterburyauctiongalleries. com 6 Bonhams sale at the Barber Vintage Festival, Barber Motorsports Museum, Birmingham, Alabama, USA bonhams.com 6 East Anglia Car Auctions sale at Wymondham, Norfolk eama-norwich.co.uk 13-14 Bonhams Autumn Stafford sale, Stafford County Showground, Stafford bonhams.com 20 Cheffins Cambridge Vintage Sale at the Machinery Saleground, Sutton, Cambridgeshire cheffins.co.uk November : 3 Dee, Atkinson and Harrison at Sledmere House, Sledmere, East Yorkshire. dee-atkinsonharrison.co.uk 9 H&H sale at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham.handh.co.uk 24 Historics at Brooklands at Mercedes Benz World, Brooklands, Surrey historics.co.uk…

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top four

Topping Mecum’s recent Monterey sale was a 1917 Henderson four-cylinder board track racer (above), which made $159,500 (£123,915). Compared to road models, this 1917 tracker is almost primitive, with no suspension and a single-speed, 57 cu in (934cc) engine. An older restoration, it’s perhaps one of the rarest board trackers of its era. At the other end of the scale, a 1954 Fratelli Ferrari 165 Roadster also exceeded expectation, making $53,900 (£41,875) against an estimate of $35k-45k. The Ferrari brothers who built it were no relation to Enzo, of car fame, and made lightweight two-strokes until legal action from Enzo halted production in 1954, after just four years. A 1952 Vincent Series C Black Shadow sold for $101,750 (£79,050), and a selection of Brit twins also went well. A 1967 T120 was…

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canterbury sales

A trio of bikes are being offered alongside around 1000 fine art and antique lots at The Canterbury Action Galleries on October 2-3. They have been in the same father and son ownership for decades and spent the last 20 years in France. There’s a 1913, 500cc BSA 3.5hp (estimate £8000-10,000), a 1934, 250cc Rudge Radial that was unused and unregistered until 1958 (£6000-8000), and a 1936, 500cc Rudge Special (£8000-10,000). The bikes were running when placed in storage two years ago, so should only need a fettle. They’re offered with French Carte Grise, but are on the DVLA system, so getting British papers should be simple. See canterburyauctiongalleries.com…