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Important notice for North American subscribers

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Over recent weeks we’ve been made aware some of our North American readers have not been receiving subscription copies of their magazines for a number of months through Motorsport publications.

Motorsport Publications – an independent subscription fulfillment company – appears not to be fulfilling subscriptions and we understand communications with Motorsport have been difficult for readers.

As publisher we have tried to correct the fulfillment issues from the UK through Motorsport, however, that has not been successful.

Mortons Media Group Ltd advises in the first instance that readers experiencing problems should register these with Motorsport Publications directly.

More importantly, Mortons Media Group Ltd does not want you to miss your favourite magazine. If your subscription has been affected, please contact our customer services team here in the UK directly (info@classicmagazines.co.uk or 011 44 1507 529 529) to discuss your options.

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Stafford show planning

It’s sincerely hoped that the Stafford Classic MotorCycle show will be able to run at its traditional April date in 2021, with preliminary planning well underway.

The 2020 event was going to be ‘40s themed’, tying in with the end of the Second World War, and the 40th anniversary of the first show.

Of course, it wasn’t to be, so while the 2021 event will acknowledge the show milestone, it’ll look more towards the 40th anniversary of the first issue of The Classic MotorCycle, title sponsor of ‘April Stafford’ for many years.

To that end, we’re looking to welcome some magazine ‘cover stars’ along – we know the whereabouts of many of the later machines, but any owners of early main cover feature machines out there, pleased drop us a line.

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Issue one featured a Gold Star at the Daytona vintage race, so it’s unlikely we’ll track that one down… But drop me a line at jrobinson@mortons.co.uk or call 07739 615604 with details.

Read more News and Features at www.classicmotorcyle.co.uk and in the January 2021 issue of The Classic Motorcycle – on sale now!

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National Motorcycle Museum COVID-19 raffle winners announced

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The results of the National Motorcycle Museum’s COVID-19 raffle appeal to win a brand new Brand New/Old Stock 1977 Norton Commando motorcycle have been revealed.

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The raffle was drawn by Mark Bryan, motorcycle expert at the Museum’s auction partner H&H, at the National Motorcycle Museum on December 21. Here are the lucky winners:

First Prize: Brand New /Old Stock 1977 Norton Commando 850cc motorcycle.

Winner: Mr Craig Lee, South Yorkshire. Ticket No: 7015673

Second Prize: 1948 Ariel NG 350cc motorcycle (restored by The National Motorcycle Museum).

Winner: Mr Phil Sherratt, Staffordshire. Ticket No: 0866256

Third Prize: 1959 BSA B31 350cc motorcycle (restored by the National Motorcycle Museum).

Winner: Mr Stewart Bramham, Cornwall. Ticket No: 0226812

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2021 Raffle: Triumph Over Adversity Recovery Appeal​


The National Motorcycle Museum team also thanked everyone who has given to their first COVID-19 raffle. As promised, the funds raised are being used directly for the purpose of reopening the museum for a limited number of days once Government restrictions allow.

Whilst the funds raised so far will allow us to reopen in a limited way, as of late December 2020 we had still only raised 33% of our original £500k re-opening target. Therefore we are undertaking this further Museum Triumph Over Adversity Recovery Appeal Raffle, details of which can be seen below.

Very special thanks must go to Triumph Motorcycles for donating the brand new 2021 Triumph Trident 660 as a first prize. Along with everyone that has contributed by purchasing a raffle ticket, or given to our appeal fund in the past year, Triumph Motorcycles have been a huge support to us at this difficult time.

First Prize: Brand new 2021 Triumph Trident 660cc motorcycle, a stunning new model donated by our friends at Triumph Motorcycles.

Second Prize: 1978 Triumph Trident T160 750cc motorcycle. Low mileage, and only one previous owner.

Third Prize: 1956 Triumph Tiger T100 500cc motorcycle. Fresh from a partial restoration in the museum’s own workshop.

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The prize draw for the “Triumph Over Adversity” appeal raffle will take place on Friday 25 June 2021 at The National Motorcycle Museum. Tickets cost £6.00 each & will be distributed during Feb/March 2021 via subscription copies of the specialist press. Tickets may also be purchased online by visiting www.thenmm.co.uk

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On this day: Beryl Swain was born

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On what would have been her 85th birthday, we take a look at back at the first woman ever to achieve a solo finish in a TT race, Beryl Swain.

In these times of supposed equality, with women competing in most forms of motorcycling, it may be hard to recall that it wasn’t always so.

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In 1962, Beryl Swain caused a minor sensation when she entered the 50cc event at that year’s Isle of Man TT and became the first woman to complete a solo race.

Motorcycle passion begins​


Born Beryl Tolman in 1936, she was brought up in Walthamstow, East London. She was single-minded and determined. Singing was one of her talents, although an audition in the West End led no further.

In the City of London, she was a successful PA to a former Admiral, a top executive at shipping line P&O.

In 1952 she met Eddie Swain, the owner of a motorcycle repair business. Her motorcycling interest soon extended to the racetrack. Her slight build gave her an advantage when she was racing 50cc bikes, a popular capacity class at the time. Bob Summerill worked with Eddie Swain and he became Beryl’s race mechanic. Bob made many parts for the Bultaco and Itom machinery she rode. He remembers his ‘very attractive’ rider was known as he ‘blonde bombshell’ as her hair streamed behind her pudding-basin helmet when she raced. Beryl even tried speedway at the local Hackney track, but found the necessary sliding technique too far removed from her skills on Tarmac surfaces.

Beryl married Eddie in 1959. In 1962, the FIM had awarded the 50cc class world championship status and the Isle of Man would host a round. Having an International licence entitled her to enter that inaugural event. When her entry was accepted it was an ambition achieved. There were problems at the weigh-in, when Beryl and her Itom were found to be below the minimum weight. Wearing a diver’s belt, with sufficient lead ballast, brought bike and rider to the necessary benchmark. After two laps of the Mountain circuit, she finished 22nd of 25 finishers.

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Media spotlight​


Inevitably, her looks brought her to the attention of the media and she was featured in the national press and on TV. She was a guest at that year’s Motorcycle Show. She declared that she intended to contest next year’s TT, possibly on a 500! Manufacturer Honda was taking an interest in her future plans.

However, far away, alarm bells were ringing over the unenviable safety record of the TT races. What would happen if a woman, especially someone who already had a press following, suffered severe injuries – or worse? The following year the FIM revoked Beryl Swain’s licence on the grounds that ‘racing was too dangerous for a woman’.

Although more than 30 years had passed since speedway star Faye Taylour had received similar treatment, the powers-that be remained as resolute. Still in hope of having the decision rescinded, Beryl penned a long letter and sent copies wherever she thought she might be heard. The Queen and the Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man were both petitioned. It is a reflection of the times that not everyone disagreed with the FIM’s action.

Beryl applied to race in the TT the following year, but her entry was rejected. To add to her misery, her marriage broke down. Beryl hung up her leathers and moved away from motorcycling, apparently even shunning the topic completely in later years.

Eventually, she bounced back to a successful career as a personnel manager, hiring and firing for Sainsbury’s supermarkets. After retirement to Woodford, Essex, she worked as a volunteer for the ‘Meals on Wheels’ service. While she should have been an honoured guest as part of the TT’s centenary celebrations in 2007, it was not to be.

Beryl was already ill and passed away, aged 71, just days before that year’s event. While she may be accepted as the first female competitor, that status should be qualified. The first woman to actually finish a TT race was Mrs Pat Wise, in the sidecar of Eric Oliver’s outfit. But that’s another story, for another day.

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Any info on Harry’s trophy?

Hope this may be of interest – I was long ago given this old trophy, it belonged to an aunt in Manchester.

The chap who was presented with it received it in 1913; he was my aunt’s step-father, his name Harry Taylor.

My aunt gave it to me while having a clear out, as she knew I was interested in motorcycles.

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From the days when trophies and cups were rather special.

The inscription reads that Harry won first prize in the 250cc class, in the speed trials, on July 5, 1913.

I wonder if any readers might have any details or images of those speed trials?

And of course I’d love to know what Harry was riding. Plus, I assume a speed trial was a form of hill climb?

Great magazine and please keep up the fascinating history.

Colin Campbell,
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Read more Letters, Opinion, News and Features at www.classicmotorcyle.co.uk and in the December 2020 issue of The Classic Motorcycle – on sale now!


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It’s a shame for those of us that have boxes of small wooden / plastic trophies in the basement . The trophy shops won’t even take them back and reuse them . When the kids leave they don’t take their trophies with them either. Major problem ! I have one trophy worth keeping , a scrambles 2nd place one from the late fifties , that I have a place for . No , didn’t win that one myself .
 

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5Entirely too cool.

These days, even the nice trophies aren't actually inscribed, usually just a small plastic placard taped to the generic trophy to indicate the class, maybe with the date...
 

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Norton Motorcycles nears move to new factory headquarters

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The Norton Motorcycles has opened its new state-of-the-art headquarters in Solihull, Birmingham.

The West Midlands production site will open following a multi-million pound investment by Norton’s Indian parent company, TVS Motor Company.

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The premises will be the central hub for all of Norton operations, providing a permanent base for all staff. The new headquarters will be home to design, engineering, purchasing, sales, marketing, and support teams as well as the skilled production team that is resuming manufacture of motorcycles.

Some of the specialist tooling and equipment previously used by Norton has been carried over to the new site in Solihull, but the site is benefiting from substantial new investment.

The new manufacturing facility will make use of modern-day, quality-assured production processes. Skilled technicians will deploy bespoke bike building techniques and state-of-the-art new manufacturing equipment to ensure all bikes are built with great precision and quality, a hallmark of both Norton and TVS Motor Company. Norton will resume production of the Commando Classic model at the Solihull site, building a limited quality to honour customers that had ordered and paid for a deposit on these bikes. Production of the V4SS will commence soon and the full opening of the facility is expected in Q1 2021.

Sudarshan Venu, Joint Managing Director of TVS Motors, said: “The opening of the new headquarters represents a significant step forward for Norton Motorcycles. The opening of this state-of-the-art facility will create the foundations for a sustainable long-term future of Norton. The new bikes will meet the world class standards our customers expect.

“2020 has been a tough year for the world but we are excited to be moving into our new home and we are delighted this has been created by the Norton and TVS teams in just 9 months. This new facility underpinned by strong quality processes will produce bikes truly worthy of the illustrious Norton brand and take it into the future. We are setting out to create a future for the company, our employees, our customers and our partners that lives up to the highest expectations and enable Norton to once again become the real force its history deserves.”

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... Norton will resume production of the Commando Classic model at the Solihull site, building a limited quality to honour customers that had ordered and paid for a deposit on these bikes.
Should read "...building a limited QUANTITY to honour customers..."
 

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In the first photo of Wal Handley, what is the intended purpose of the straps around the chest and shoulders?
I saw that as well, and suspect it was to stop their riding jackets from bellowing out causing a wind drag like a parachute!
 

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I saw that as well, and suspect it was to stop their riding jackets from bellowing out causing a wind drag like a parachute!
I thought I had responded with the information I got from the Mortons Archive (the source of the article). Their reply was that was how riders' numbers were attached to the riders for races/events at that time.
 

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Motorbike Women hit £50k in International Women’s Day fundraiser

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The women’s motorbike community is making a difference this International Women’s Day.

Motorbike Women
is growing 11,000 member strong motorcycle group which brings women bikers together. They are celebrating International Women’s Day, their own 5th birthday, and raising a landmark £50,000 for charity. But they aren’t stopping there.

To coincide with International Women’s Day on March 8, they are launching their latest annual global event which also celebrates the achievements of women. This year’s event is sponsored by Triumph Motorcycles and raises money for Pikilily, an organisation passionately dedicated to delivering safe motorcycle training and female empowerment across Africa.

Witch Way Round Women is a location based treasure hunt which encourages ladies to travel beyond their normal haunts and discover places & history both on their doorstop & further afield that they never knew about. For some its the chance to step away from their normal life for a few hours, improving their riding skills along the way. For others it gives the chance to meet up with friends, make new friends or just make a ride out with a partner more interesting.

Jenny, of Motorbike Women, said: “I went to parts of the country I would never have seen. Made some new friends and having somewhere to go gave me the confidence to go out hunting all day.”

Fellow member Katy, said: “Once I found the first 10 sites to win my badge I didn’t want to stop riding and as a bonus prize I met the women who’ve kept me going the last few years too.”

Following on from last years’ wild themed hunt, all of this year’s locations are all related to women of significance; from Lilian Bader, one of the first black women in the armed forces, to Olga Kevelos, an International Trials champion.

Registration for the hunt and details about this years event are announced on March 8th with the map & locations going live to start hunting on April 12, in line with lockdown restrictions easing. To find out more just look up the Witch Way Round Wild or Motorbike Women groups on Facebook or email info@motorbikewomen.com

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PREVIEW: April issue of The Classic MotorCycle magazine

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The April edition of The Classic MotorCycle magazine offers a lavishly illustrated celebration of legendary machines, riders and races, and news, reviews and rare period images from the golden age of motorcycling.

Drawing on an archive stretching back to 1903, The Classic MotorCycle magazine provides an unparalleled insight into more than a century of motorcycle design, development, riding, racing and much more. This month’s issue includes:

Triumph Bonneville


For many, the 1970 Triumph Bonneville is the model’s ultimate incarnation. Riding one, it’s not hard to be reminded why.

BSA B26 De Luxe


This 1926 BSA B26 De Luxe ‘Round Tank’ has only a few owners from new, covered under 9000 miles in 95 years and thereby provides a fascinating insight.

Moto Guzzi Stornello 175 Fraire


Known as the ‘Italian Rickman,’ Michele Frairemade his name – and that of others – by making serious motocrossers from standard road machines; this just might be one of them.

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Put me down for a "YES" on the '70 model being the BEST Bonneville.
 

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Subscriptions and tickets galore! More than £300 worth of goodies must be won!

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Here at The Classic MotorCycle, we know that our readers love a competition! So we’ve teamed up with our friends at Autojumble.info to offer you the chance to win one of three fantastic prizes.

Summer’s coming, the end of lockdown is in sight, we’re gearing up for a host of events and shows… and we are excited to offer you these one-off prize packages designed to whet your appetite for the show scene!

First prize

  • A full year’s subscription to Old Bike Mart
  • A 2021 pass to ‘Normous Newark Autojumbles
  • A 2021 pass to Kempton Autojumbles
  • A 2021 pass to Stratford Autojumbles
  • A copy of Café Racer bookazine by bike enthusiast and journalist Michael Cowton

Second prize

  • A full year’s digital subscription to Old Bike Mart
  • A 2021 pass to either ‘Normous Newark or Kempton Autojumbles
  • A 2021 pass to Stratford Autojumbles

Third prize

  • A full year’s digital subscription to Old Bike Mart
  • A 2021 pass to either ‘Normous Newark, Kempton Autojumble or Stratford Autojumble

To be in with a chance of winning all you have to do is purchase a ticket to any of the upcoming autojumbles by going to www.classicmagazines.co.uk

Every ticket you buy automatically guarantees entry to the competition.

Competition closes: 01/06/21

Good luck!

There are no cash alternatives available. The winners will be the first three names drawn at random. Terms and conditions apply. To view the privacy policy of MMG Ltd please visit www.mortonsmediagroup.com/privacy

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Looking for track layouts

Recently a friend and I have been looking for information on the scrambles (motocross) at Brands Hatch. Today, I got round to opening the September 2019 issue of The Classic Motorcycle and, surprise, surprise, was an article on the Motocross des Nations, including Brands Hatch in 1949.

What I am looking for in particular are maps of the various courses used.

Does anyone have a plan of the circuit used?

The only one that I have is for the 1966 international in a programme.

There are photos and the odd film of the postwar events but no maps.

Are you or any of your readers aware of any? If there are some out there, then we would be most grateful.....................

You may find this website of interest. www.racingcircuits.info
 

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Although I already knew most of that part of the war history, I enjoyed the WWII article TUP TUP
I’m surprised they didn’t make mention of the other makes also used like Ariel and BSA which is what my father rode as a dispatch rider in the Royal Corps of Signals.

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PREVIEW: May issue of The Classic MotorCycle magazine

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The May edition of The Classic MotorCycle magazine offers a lavishly illustrated celebration of legendary machines, riders and races, and news, reviews and rare period images from the golden age of motorcycling.

Drawing on an archive stretching back to 1903, The Classic MotorCycle magazine provides an unparalleled insight into more than a century of motorcycle design, development, riding, racing and much more. This month’s issue includes:

BMW R75/6


The BMW R75/5 – aka ‘The Toaster’ – is a model worthy of raising a glass to, a classic that will work in the modern world.

Surrey’s supreme speedbowl


A wealthy landowner and his industrious wife created Britain’s first purpose-built racetrack, which opened in 1907.

Tale of the Twenty-one


No, not a big birthday, but a Triumph-loving lady’s first foray into Meriden’s unit twins.

A subscription means you can enjoy all of this, plus plenty of other benefits such as making a major saving on the cover price and FREE postage.

It’s quick and easy to sign up and, whether you do it online or over the phone, our team is ready and waiting to get your new deal under way or extend your current package.
 

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