Surtees bikes at Classic Bike Live

Published: 10 October 2017

Classic Bike Live will soon open its doors at The East of England Arena over the weekend of October 28-29. The latest addition to the attractions is a special display honouring the late, great John Surtees.

The Surtees Foundation are bringing six machines from Surtees’ collection to the event. There’s a 1933 JAP-engined Excelsior B14, an example of the model on which the young Surtees enjoyed his solo racing debut in a grass track meeting near Luton in 1949, and a Vincent Grey Flash built using some of the parts from the Vincent he rode during his debut road racing season, having started work as an apprentice at the Vincent factory in 1950. 

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Then there’s a special Vincent Black Lightning built using a 1953 race engine in 1980, an MV Agusta 500cc four-cylinder machine Surtees rode during the 1960 season, a Norton F Type – the one he was to have ridden in ’55 before Norton disbanded their race team – and a Triumph Tiger 70 of the type he used to make his road racing debut in 1950.

Tickets are available in advance for £9 from www.classicbikelive.co.uk.

And that’s not all

Norton collector Ian Loram will be showcasing 10 bikes from this vast collection too, with Norton CEO, Stuart Garner also bringing a further selection of Norton machinery.

Visitors to the show, sponsored by Footman James, will be able to see Ian’s 1926 Maudes Trophy-winning Model 19 combination, a 1927 Model CJ (Camshaft Junior), a 1928 cammy CS1 racer and a 1929 ES2 restored by the late Doctor George Cohen. From the ’30s, there’ll be a 1935 Model 20 twin-port and the 1937 Model 35 twin-port that won best single at the Norton gathering at the 100th anniversary TT in 2007.

For more information, and for tickets, visit the Classic Bike Live website.

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