First Norton Café Racer goes to owner

By Alannah Fellows -

New bikes

 07 December 2010 13:57

The first production version of Norton’s third new commando variant – the Café Racer – has been handed over to its new owner, motorcycle industry legend Maurice Feltham.

Maurice, 71, who founded CMC motorcycles in Chesterfield, brought the silver Café Racer at last year’s NEC show and travelled to Norton HQ at Donington Park recently to receive its keys from Norton boss Stuart Garner and sales director Chris Walker.

“I’m absolutely thrilled”, Feltham told MCN. “I remember seeing it at the show and fell in love with it. It’ll be on show at CMC, but it’s been brought to use not just to show.”  

Explaining his choice, he continued: “I come from the 50s, so this is my style of bike.”

He was also full of praise for the accomplishments of Garner and his team.
“I’ve nothing but admiration for what they’ve done for re-creating the Norton motorcycle. One of the things that’s most important is the fact that it’s made in Britain and is being exported, that’s really important for the country.”

Norton boss Garner added; “We’ve now got the first Café Racer out. For Norton, to deliver a bike to someone like Maurice, who’s an icon in this industry, is really nice. From a factory perspective, we’ve done the SE and the Sport, and now the Café Racer, so we’re proving we’re moving forward.