Norton Superior proves superior

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Shed-brewed big twin special wins Classic Bike of the Year crown

Bill Higginson¹s special, a beautiful combination of 1000cc Matchless V-twin and rigid Norton frame, has scooped the biggest prize in classic motorcycling ­ the Classic Bike of the Year crown. You¹ve been voting since the ten finalists were announced in the January issue, and when phone and online votes were added to those cast at the recent MCN London Motorcycle Show, Bill¹s bike was a clear winner.

Bill couldn¹t be at the show to accept his cheque ­ the lucky bugger was on holiday, riding a BMW in South Africa ­ but expressed his delight over the phone. “I’m chuffed to bits to have won. A huge thank you to everyone who voted for my bike, and to my friend Maurice Cross who built the engine.” 

There’s more on Bill’s bike in this month’s Classic Bike [] issue. Turn to page 78 for Rupert¹s riding story on the mighty Norton Superior.

Ken Bell’s stunning 1961 Norton Dominator 99 claimed second place, while
Dave Orritt¹s bolt-perfect 1973 Kawasaki Z1 took third.

Thank you to everyone who entered the competition. Classic Bike of the Year will run
again in the autumn, so if you¹ve got a project on the back-burner, now’s the time to dust it off, fire up the kettle and get to work.

Ben Miller - Editor, Classic Bike Magazine

By Ben Miller - Editor, Classic Bike Magazine