Allen Millyard to take star role at London Classic Bike Show at Kempton
For decades, horse racing has graced the famous grounds of Kempton Park, but this time, it’s the turn of rare bikes, a bustling autojumble and a very special guest at the London Classic Bike Show in Kempton on Saturday, December 7.
There may not be horse-racing, but there will certainly be horse-power when genius engineer Allen Millyard comes along with some of his wackiest bike creations, including his award-winning ‘Flying Millyard’, which is powered by a gigantic, 5.0-litre V-twin engine designed for an aeroplane and resembles a two-wheeled Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, magically created in a suburban garage in Berkshire.
Millyard is far from unambitious when it comes to building unusual and never-before-seen motorcycles. He is well-known for creating his mind-boggling 8.0-litre motorcycle using a V10 engine from a Dodge Viper sports car.
Satisfy all your senses when you get to hear, see and smell some of his spell-binding creations when he starts up his ferocious and gripping freaks of motorcycle engineering.
After more than two decades, he’s produced dozens of Kawasaki fours, fives, little Honda V-twins, V8 and V12 Kawasakis, and the six-cylinder RC374 ‘Hailwood Tribute’.
Finishing the show season in style, the one-day event will feature club stands and mesmerising bikes. There will be massive prizes up for grabs including “Best Flat Tracker” awarded by Ace Café London.
A highlight in the motorcycling social calendar, the off-road and racing show will also host a bustling autojumble, offering parts, spares and everything in between.
The event typically hosts at least 250 trade stalls both inside and out, offering bikers from all over Europe the chance to find that vital piece of their project. From the moment the gates open,the autojumble enjoys a busy and friendly atmosphere, creating a fantastic vibe for buying and selling automotive treasure.
Special guest Allen Millyard said: “I’m really excited to attend the Kempton Park Autojumble this December. I’ll be bringing some of my favourite and most ambitious projects, including my Kawasaki H1 500 LC four which was awarded ‘most OTT motorcycle’ at Salon Privé concourse d’elegance at Blenheim Palace in 2017, and a Kawasaki S3 666 five based on a 1973 S2 400 with additional cylinders, which I made for my son Sam’s birthday.”
Millyards multi-multi bikes are just mind-boggling. The most amazing part is always the fact that to a casual observer, they appear to be factory-produced, they are just so masterfully built.
I have always wondered how well the engines can perform under heavy loads, as the rods must be half-width in order to mate to the original cranks in the cases where he doubles existing multis. Of course when he just adds additional cylinders to the ends of the cranks, his crank building is perfection.
This weekend only, take advantage of our Black Friday sale and get 10% off all 2020 show tickets!
Why not kick-start the new classic motorcycling year and head to the Carole Nash Classic Bike Guide Winter Classic on January 5-6 at Newark Showground. The show offers a welcome respite from the hectic holiday season and a chance to get lost exploring the hundreds of stunning classic machines on display.
Or, you can plan ahead and get 10% off your ticket price at The Carole Nash Bristol Classic MotorCycle Show, The Classic Dirt Bike Show, The Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show, The Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show and The Carole Nash Eurojumble!
I subscribe to two British classic bike magazines and I have seen many pictures of the old time racers wearing those straps and the numbers on the back.
Some pictures showed the racers from the front and some from the back, but I have never wondered about straps until the question was asked by Greyfell.
I wasn't sure, but I suspected that was the purpose of the straps shown in the picture above.
Thanks for the info Greyfell
From the Archive: Colmore Cup Trial 1932 – Bit cold out!
Snow and ice are often the bane of competitive winter motorcycling events. In February of 1932, however, the snow and ice were not enough to deter the entrants to the Colmore Cup Trial from braving the frozen course which, mercifully, was not quite as grim as it first appeared.
Words: MICHAEL BARRACLOUGH Photography: MORTONS MEDIA ARCHIVE
Both the officials and competitors were anxious in the days running up to the trial, as the weather had taken a very bleak turn.
A thick blanket of snow had fallen over the course, which was a tasking enough route through the Cotswolds anyway.
The snow duly melted but no respite was to be had, as frost soon set in and an almost hyperborean chill descended, resulting in black ice and a cold, cutting wind.
Marjorie Cottle (BSA) tackles the frigid earth of Lower Guiting.
On their return from a trip round the course, the route markers were besieged by the officials who wanted to know if there were any sections of the course that the weather had rendered impassable.
The surprising response was ‘no’, and it was even reckoned that the entire entry might be able to get through without losing a single mark.
Of the 105 riders who had signed up for the trial, 101 left the start point at the Unicorn Hotel.
Eight miles of cold, hard roads paved the way to the first obstacle, Lark Stoke Hill.
F E Thacker (Ariel) and T Gibson (Sunbeam) surge through the Kineton Splash.
The hill looked extremely formidable, and a large bonfire had been lit near the top so that the observers could better see the machines attempting the climb.
If they were expecting to see the riders struggle with the bitter weather and the steep incline, they were in for a surprise.
Last year’s winner, New Imperial-mounted Sammy Jones, danced up the hill without so much as a downward glance, as did fellow New Imperial rider R A J Bowden.
E F Cope (Velocette sc.) and ballast making the climb up West Down Hill.
F E Thacker (Ariel) decided that the rutted earth was not worth the bother and made his ascent on a thin line of grass to the side of it. Tyrell Smith (Rudge) also made a clean climb.
The officials decided to salt the ground at the next obstacle – which was to be a brake test – to melt the snow and ensure the riders actually stopped when they applied their brakes.
Sammy Jones was unlucky – he overshot by four feet and five inches.
W Brandish (Ariel) is watched keenly by a cluster of spectators as he bimbles through Lower Guiting.
R A J Bowden made the best of the brake test, overshooting by a mere five inches.
Following a ‘stop and restart test’ on Ford Hill, the riders reached West Down Hill, which The Motor Cycle reported: “can always be sure of catching a few.”
Jack Williams (Rudge) was up the hill so fast that it never had time to catch him, and Marjorie Cottle (BSA) made a quick and controlled climb, giving West Down Hill no reason to trip her up.
F W Stevenson (Brough Superior sc.) and his passenger were the recipients of the Bayliss Cup for the best performance on a side valve machine.
Jack White (Ariel) was unfortunate to fall, as was Edyth Foley (Coventry Eagle).
At the trial’s end the winners were clear and, though the trial was far easier than expected, there were several failures.
F E Thacker on Mill Lane.
Nevertheless, the Colmore Cup (for best overall performance) went to Len Heath (Ariel), the Cranmore Trophy for the best solo performance went to L G Holdsworth (Norton) and the Calthorpe Cup for best 175cc to 250cc performance was awarded to Marjorie Cottle.
Straight from the plate
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12 Days of Christmas: Huge prizes up for grabs EVERY DAY!
We are excited to share our 12 Days of Christmas Facebook competition! We can’t promise gold rings, French hens or even ladies dancing, but we do have some amazing, and unique, prizes up for grabs this December!
We’re giving away a very special Mortons Archive jigsaw puzzle, a year’s subscription to any of our magazines, signed books from motorcycle and scootering legends, official merchandise and even tickets to some of the biggest bike shows in Europe, plus much more!
Hidden inside just some of our 12 stockings are rare signed pieces from motorcycle legends and access to over 100 books, so keep an eye on our Facebook page every day from December 13th to Christmas Eve for your chance to win!
Christmas is just around the corner, leaving only a few short months to get all your presents sorted. Luckily, The Classic Motorcycle is here to provide you with an exclusive Christmas Gift Guide, filled with fantastic products perfect for classic bikers…
1. Find a treasure trove of classic bike gifts with Ace Classics
Check out the brand new Ace Classics 2020 calendar, filled with beautiful Triumph’s. Ace Classics also offer a fantastic range of t-shirts with plenty of cracking designs to choose from. 100% cotton, 100% cool!
There’s much more available on their site too, including mugs, kids clothes and all the parts you could need for your classic bike. Visit them at 99-103 St. Mildreds Road, London, SE12 0RL, or simply go to their website to find these fantastic gifts.
Born and bred in post-Second World War East London, former motorcycle speedway rider Alf Hagon began his career with battered scrapyard rejects, utilising still-to-be-cleared bombsites as his training grounds. Alf found he had a talent for engineering and machine development. His talent has since made him known for his well-respected suspension company, Hagon Shocks, now popular across the globe.
Following the 60th anniversary of Hagon Shocks, this book celebrates the life and career of the company’s founder and record-setting Grasstrack motorcycle rider.
Get this interesting book to give your loved one a brilliant Christmas read!
Our publisher, Mortons Media Group, is launching a range of non-fiction books specialising in a wide range of topics from railway, military and aviation history to consumer issues, hobbies, crime and politics.
There are also numerous titles available from Mortons’ new acquisition – renowned rail, maritime, road transport and biography publisher, Silver Link. We have a read for every interest so if you’re looking for the perfect Christmas gift, head to the website.
Mortons Archive are pleased to offer an A3 poster of Mike Hailwood on an MV at the start of the 1962 Senior TT in the Isle of Man from their extensive motorcycling collection.
This image is digitally reproduced on 280gsm gloss coated A3 sheets, which measures 420mm x 297mm (true A3) and is printed by us on our Xerox digital press. The poster will be packaged flat and in a hard backed envelope for your appreciation.
Grab this great present choice online and give the gift of nostalgia!