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Exmoor Classic Car Museum contents sold

Andy Davidson, 10 September 2012 17:27

This 1898 Phébus 2¾ bhp motor tricycle sold at the Bonhams Beaulieu sale last weekend for £28,750. The extremely rare machine belonged to the Exmoor Classic Car Museum, the entire contents of which went up for sale on Saturday 8th September. The complete collection of 10 cars and 13 motorcycles all sold, totalling £667,128. The Museum, based in Porlock, Somerset ...

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George Brough's SS80 goes to auction

MCN, 15 August 2012 15:51

Brough Superior founder George Brough's own race bike is to be sold at auction. The 1922 Brough Superior SS80, which was affectionately known as Spit and Polish, was raced by Brough and set an unnoficial 100mph lap at the Brooklands circuit. After a crash at Brooklands, Brough rebuilt the bike with a JAP engine and new front forks and renamed it ...

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Classis Honda V4s tested

Michael Neeves, 18 May 2012 16:12

Honda’s first production V4, tested by MCN 30 years ago this week, was the start of a dynasty Honda was determined would define it, if it didn’t destroy it first. It scaled no greater heights than the VFR750R RC30, NR750 RC40 and RVF750 RC45. Honda VFR750R RC30 It’s hard to believe the RC30 is 24 years old because even by ...

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1921 Velocette boardtracker rocks Ally Pally

Gary Pinchin, 09 March 2012 12:08

This Nick Gale-built Velocette boardtracker was the star of the London International Classic and Custom Bike Show at Alexandra Palace this year, even though it's still a work in progress! Wembley-based custom bike builder Gale took a 1921 Clyno - an old Coventry marque - and shoehorned a 1936 Velocette MAC and 1920s three-speed Albion gearbox into a space once ...

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Classic Norton Commando flies flag for St George

Sam Loveridge, 03 February 2012 14:10

Built entirely from new parts, this bespoke Norton Commando is the product of a partnership between Northampton Norton specialist Mick Hemmings and deeply patriotic customer Nick Gosse. Hemmings spent nearly a year building the red and white tribute, the first in a series of vehicles Gosse has planned that exemplify the “iconic image of the ‘spirit of St. George’”. The ...

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Huge Ducati auction at Monaco Grand Prix

Sam Loveridge, 25 January 2012 09:48

One of the world’s largest collections of classic Ducatis, comprising over 100 bikes, is to be sold at auction. The collection includes a 1970 Ducati 450 Desmo 'Corsa', which was on display in the Ducati Museum until recently and an ex-race 1974 Ducati 750 SS. They all belong to Carlo Saltarelli, an ex-Ducati factory test rider and Ducati dealer who ...

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Spanish rally draws classic Brit bikers

Mark Holmes, 09 November 2011 13:59

Three hundred British bikers descended on the Spanish port of Santander to take part in the XXIV Ancient Motorcycles Meeting aboard their classic bikes. They were treated to a celebrity welcome as they rumbled off the ferry from Portsmouth, with local press photographers scurrying to snap riders and machines, ranging from a Jawa 175 two-stroke through to Triumphs, BSAs, Velocettes ...

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A tribute to trials bikes

Andy Westlake, 27 October 2011 11:12

Nearly 40 years have now elapsed since the BSA factory gates at Small Heath closed for the last time. However, thanks to enthusiasts like Bill Faulkner the name's being kept alive. Now retired after a working life in the bike trade, Faulkner who also had a long and successful trials riding career, has one of the biggest collections of BSA ...

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