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The NEC Show.
Richard Maw sent in these photos that he took at the Classic Bike and Car Show staged at the NEC.
Richard was involved in setting up the BMW motor cycle stand and so the photos are mainly of that marque.
1924 supercharged works racer.
750cc said to capable of 114mph.
The blower is between the front frame down tubes.
This is the road going version of the same era.
It is however only 500cc a side valve.
All these things drop the speed down to 60mph.
A smaller machine. 198cc single cylinder.
1931-36. top speed 60mph.
Not much bright work. Foot boards. Single saddle.
Perhaps aimed at the ride to work market.
This was a horizontally opposed two stroke twin.
It was a proto type built in 1947 and was a125 cc.
Plenty of open space on the frame.
A neat little engine. You can see the ignition coil jutting out of the top of the generator. Is that an ignition warning light as well?
This type of engine layout means that both pistons are compressing the crankcase which boosts the compression ratio for the crankcase. Which is desirable for a two stoke.
I can imagine 1947 not a good time for BMW to bring out a new model.
Triumph Tiger 90.
Richard has just sent this email accompanied by some photos.
> I will send over in another couple of emails some photographs of a 1936 Triumph Tiger 90 I have collected today on behalf of a friend.
> It may be of interest to some if put on the website as it was an interim/experimental model done when Edward Turner took over from Val Page at that time.
> Here follows some of the interesting details provided by the guy we collected it from.
> It is a twin port, overhead valve 500cc single and it still has its original number.
> This bike was first registered early March 1936 only 5 days after the announcement to the press of the new range.
> Because of this the bike would have been already built and waiting in the wings so it is one the very first bikes that Turner built. Could it actually be the first ?
> It has the optional foot gear change conversion, exhausts similar to the ISDT machines, internal twist grip throttle, combination brakes with a ratchet locking mechanism for the foot brake, 8" brakes front & rear.
> It was in the same family from new until 2006, some 70 years only passing from father to son.
The picture on the left shows the detail of the coupled brakes and the ratchet system.
Many thanks for sharing this with us. What a great machine.
The Bluestone Heath Run.
A short report of Sunday's Bluestone Heath
run, some photo's to follow.
Fifty-two riders & two passengers signed on at the Royal Oak in Holten le Clay on a bright but cold morning where all were invited to have a drink & complimentary butty, thanks to the landlord for opening his doors early.
After the usual pre start nattering & looking at which of the bikes you would like in your garage someone decide to make a start on the first section of the long morning run meandering along the Lincolnshire Wolds via Market Rasen to Willingham Woods where lots of motorcyclists were having a drink. It was very busy with more machines than I have seen for a while.
The second stage of the run continued along the Wolds eventually joining the Bluestone Heath road, which for anyone who does not know is a very enjoyable ride with stunning scenery. Some of the following roads showed many beautiful properties several with thatched roofs, one looking almost like a beehive.
The journey's end was at The Model Car Museum just outside Alford somewhere I had not heard mentioned before, but contained possibly thousands of various models of different cars & car related memorabilia, with what must be one of the largest Scalectric racing tracks there is.
Thanks to Jim & Liz for an enjoyable ride out in Mid Lincolnshire.
(1) Royal Enfield model "J" I think? (2) Triumph Trophy. (3) Matchless Model "X" I think?
(1) A very nice Raleigh. (2) Big boy's toys. (3) Big Boys.
(1) Where would we be with out them? (2) The best come in small packages! (3) Passport needed.
What a wonderful turnout and what a cracking day out. I bet there were a lot of smiles on a lot of faces.