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The Classic MotorCycle

October 2021

Started in 1903, The Classic MotorCycle has more to offer the true vintage motorcycle enthusiast than any other publication, backed by Europe's largest motorcycle image archive.

United Kingdom
Mortons Media Group, Ltd
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
editor’s welcome

Firstly, an apology for no inclusion of our Lockdown Velocette project this month – it’s slightly run out of steam at the moment, while lots of other things are currently going on motorcycling-wise, not just in my/our shed/s, but with events and happenings too. We will get it back on track and the intention is still to have it running and ridden, by the end of the summer, at the very least. There’s not loads to do to the Velo, really, it’s just that – among other things – the ever-reliable modern Honda needed some attention and money, we’ve been playing with another of the Sunbeams (my overhead valve 1931 job) and getting out and doing some riding too; we’ll be back on track soon with the Velo and we’ll be…

3 min
hill hunting in lakeland

In an article published in May 1920, writer George D Abraham – a climber and photographer, the D standing for Dixon, born 1871, died 1965, who made photographic records of many of the pioneer climbers and wrote many books, including The Complete Mountaineer and Mountain Adventures at Home and Abroad, among others – rather poetically lamented the wet weather blighting England as spring turned to summer. “Record rainfalls have been the rule… there seemed small chance of the arrangements for a day among the hills come to fruition. However, just as it is darkest before dawn, so may it be dampest before the drought, and three days and nights of sodden downpour culminated in a glorious morning of sunny splendour.” With the weather favourable, Abraham and his pals assembled. “We set our faces…

5 min
news & events

Ribbon’s cut on Miller’s extension After a delay caused by the Covid lockdown, the latest extension to Sammy Miller’s ever-expanding motorcycle museum – “built in less time than the electricity board quoted for the re-wiring”, Sammy drily noted – was formally opened by the Duke of Richmond on July 22. The Duke is perhaps better known as Charles, Lord March, and is famous as the driving force behind the Goodwood Revival and Festival of Speed. Sammy had attended every one of the 28 Goodwood Festivals held since their inauguration, and as he normally takes three or four bikes to parade, that adds up to more than 100 demonstrations of attractions from his museum, the original part of which Lord March had opened 25 years ago. As for the opening day’s other attractions... with characteristic…

1 min
news in brief

VINTAGE RUN IN DORSET On September 26, the Dorset Section of the VMCC will be holding the 42nd running of its Veteran and Vintage Run. The start venue will be Leigh Village Hall near Sherborne, assemble at 10am for a 10.30am start. The route will be approximately 45 miles and specially chosen to be suitable for the older machines. A lunch stop will be taken mid route. Further details can be obtained from Rod Hann on 01935 872528. KEMPTON PARK The next Kempton autojumble is on September 11. CHEFFINS IN OCTOBER There’s an auction at Cheffins on October 23, at the company’s site near Ely. Details will be forthcoming at www.cheffins.co.uk EUROJUMBLE NEARS The south coast’s Netley Marsh hosts the famous Eurojumble on September 3-4. DIRT BIKE SHOW OFF The delayed and rearranged Classic Dirt Bike Show has been…

2 min
the way we were in october

1921 A recent ACU press release had confirmed the 1922 TT races would be held in the Isle of Man. The previous Saturday, the ACU general committee had rejected a recommendation by its competitions committee to hold next year’s TT races in Belgium. 1946 Motorcycling was now in its second year after the cessation of the war. Much had happened, with makers increasing ranges, recommencing exports and reporting buoyant sales, despite shortages of materials and with fuel rationing. Recently, the Grand Palais, Paris had hosted the Salon de L’Automobile featuring a strong display of home-built lightweights and motorised cycles alongside exhibitions of imported larger motorcycles. In the UK, Fred Rist (348cc BSA) won the Reliance Trial and Dennis Mansell (596cc Norton s/c) the best opposite class, Bill Nicholson (348cc BSA) was victorious in the first…

1 min
remembering chris conn racing in singapore

I received the July edition last week and have read it through to the last article about Chris Conn. I was in Singapore, as a result of my father being posted there with the Royal Marines, and watched Chris Conn in the races, as I sat up in a stand above the ‘Thompson Mile.’ He stood out ,looking bigger and heavier than most of the other racers, as other than the Senior race, the bulk of the races were in classes of 50cc and up 250cc, and mainly on Japanese bikes. Singapore was also where my father bought a Honda 125cc Benley and later imported it back to England and was the bike that my brother and I passed our test on. Thanks for triggering the little trip down memory lane…